Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
President & CEO Brad Wilson Senior VP & Chief HR Officer Fara Palumbo Customized flex schedules boost retention at this health-solutions company, and are used by thousands of employees each year as they climb toward the top; in 2016, every woman promoted to the level of manager and above used some type of alternative work option before she advanced. Impressively, nearly half the company works from home or telecommutes on a regular basis. Unsurprisingly, more than 2,000 employees also belong to the employer’s in-house flex network. Communications specialist Maggie Brown, a mom of two, takes Fridays off: “Having that extra day to spend with my toddler, run errands or go to doctors’ appointments has really added balance to my life,” she says.