Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Durham, NC

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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.

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