Providence Earns Family-friendly Workplace Honors

Providence working mother with kidsOn-site child care and flexible scheduling are among the family-friendly features that earned Providence Health & Services a place on Working Mother magazine’s list of the “100 Best” companies for employees.

Providence has made the magazine’s Best 100 list three of the past four years and was the only Alaska company to make the list.

“Alaska’s largest private employer has a family feel that reflects its 79 percent female work force,” the magazine wrote in its “What we love” profile. The magazine also cited Providence’s junior counselor training programs for older children, financial assistance for adoptions, and employee discounts for parenting classes.

“We’re honored to make the Working Mother list alongside many of the best companies in the nation,” Providence CEO Al Parrish, chief executive of Providence Health & Services Alaska, said. “We see it as a duty – one we take very seriously – to offer our employees a working environment that supports and accommodates family needs.”

Companies were selected for the 2009 Working Mother 100 Best Companies based on an extensive application with more than 500 questions on work force, compensation, child care, flexibility programs, leave policies, and more. It also surveys the usage, availability, and tracking of programs, as well as the accountability of managers who oversee them.

Seven areas were measured and scored: work force profile, benefits, women’s issues and advancement, child care, flexible work, parental leave, and company culture. For this year’s 100 Best, particular weight was given to benefits, flexibility, and parental leave.

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