of employees are given smartphones, tablets or laptops that allow them to work anywhere
U.S. Chairman & Senior Partner Tim Ryan Chief People Officer Mike Fenlon
This professional-services firm offers its employees solid educational benefits, from $5,250 in annual tuition assistance to 529 plans, college guidance and workshops on navigating school services for their children. It’s also begun paying down their college debts, shelling out up to $7,200 per person over six years (or until the recipient gets promoted to manager). That perk has been a real home run; in the two years since it was introduced, 8,200 employees have signed up. For parents with little ones at home, the employer’s backup-care subsidies, worth $1,000 per year, also hold value.
Roche Diagnostics President & CEO Jack Phillips VP & Site Head, HR Bridget Boyle
Feel like you’re always working for the weekend? Check out this biotechnology company, which gives its employees three to six weeks’ vacation, 13 holidays, unlimited sick time and five days of paid family leave annually. Birth mothers can now also take 14 fully paid weeks off to bond with their babies. “As a first-time mom, having the opportunity to dedicate nearly the first four months of my son’s life to being with him was priceless,” says Trisha Hall, a senior compensation consultant. More than 95% of people here have been given smartphones, tablets or laptops that allow them to work anywhere; headquarters’ medical clinic, fitness center and summer camp save time when they’re on campus.
RSM Managing Partner & CEO Joe Adams Chief HR Officer Katie Lamkin
It’s always good to have a reminder of why you work. The Family First network at this audit-, tax- and consulting-services firm gives parents a place to talk about child rearing, work-life strategies, and useful policies and benefits; members also host kid-friendly events and are piloting a family leadership-development program that explores attendees’ personal and professional goals. Those who wish to add to their families can take advantage of up to $10,000 in coverage for fertility procedures. Anyone who gives birth or adopts gets up to seven fully paid weeks off (plus $5,000 in adoption aid). Childcare discounts and reimbursements are worth $1,500 annually.
S&P Global President & CEO Douglas Peterson Executive VP, HR France Gingras
Dealing with the unexpected is part of being a mother. When questions arise, women at this financial-services company can seek out their colleagues in its ParentsNet group for guidance; its workshops tackle everything from how to raise children in the digital age to coping with divorce and teen substance abuse. If kids have special needs, moms can also speak with mentors from the in-house EASE network, which addresses those challenges. Anyone working 20 hours per week earns family health insurance. In the event of a difficult pregnancy or birth, employees can call on neonatal-nurse case managers, lactation consultants, autism specialists and others for help.