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National Education Association named 2010 Working Mother 100 Best Company

100 best lead the way in inspiring change and diverse benefits for work/life balance


WASHINGTON - September 14, 2010 -

Celebrating its silver anniversary this year, the Working Mother 100 Best Companies initiative has selected the National Education Association (NEA)  as one of the nation’s top companies for family-friendly benefits. With 70 percent of mothers working—and women outnumbering men in the workplace for the first time in U.S. history—organizations like NEA have been instrumental in supporting their advancement.

The 100 Best Companies’ family programs adeptly help employees in all areas of their lives. NEA has over 500 employees at its Washington, DC headquarters.  More than 58 percent of the Association’s workforce is female.  NEA offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of paid health and dental insurance options; paid maternity and parental leave for newborns and newly adopted children; up to five days each year for parents and grandparents to participate in a child’s school activities; back-up childcare; telecommuting; and flexible work schedules. 

While the Working Mother 100 Best Companies continue expanding their benefits, those at companies nationwide lag. Just 44 percent of American companies offer telecommuting (vs. 100 percent of the 100 Best), 17 percent offer formal mentoring (vs. 95 percent), and 37 percent offer health insurance for part-timers (vs. 100 percent). In contrast, all of the 100 Best Companies offer paid maternity leave, lactation rooms, flextime, mental health consultations and elder-care resources; and 98 percent offer health screening and wellness programs—particularly significant in a stress-inducing, poor economy.

“Twenty-five years ago, we made a bold decision to launch our Best Companies initiative and challenge businesses to address the unique needs of working mothers,” said Carol Evans, President, Working Mother Media. “The immense influx of women into the workforce demanded changes in workplace culture as companies strove to keep working moms’ talent and loyalty. Today, we celebrate our winners’ untiring commitment to their employees through an impressive array of programs.” 

“NEA is proud to join Working Mother’s 2010 list of 100 Best Companies,” said NEA Executive Director John Wilson.  “Our effectiveness and strength as an organization begins with our employees.  We demonstrate our appreciation for the sacrifices and contributions our employees make, in part, by working collaboratively with them to ensure benefits and work/life balance options that respond to their varied needs and concerns as a diverse group,” Wilson said. 

Profiles of the 100 Best Companies, as well as national comparisons, are in the October issue of Working Mother and at workingmother.com/bestcompanies.

Methodology
Companies were selected for the 2010 Working Mother 100 Best Companies based on an extensive application with more than 600 questions on workforce, 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: workforce 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. 

For more information on applying for the 2011 Working Mother 100 Best Companies, visit www.wmmsurveys.com. The 2011 online application will be available in mid-December and due by early March 2011.  All companies that apply, including those that don’t make the 100 Best list, receive feedback showing how they compare with all other applicants.

About the National Education Association
The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing
3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

About Working Mother Media
Working Mother magazine reaches 2 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers; WorkingMother.com brings to the Web home and career information, advice and a broad range of solutions daily. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Working Mother’s signature research initiative, Working Mother 100 Best Companies, the most important benchmark for work-life practices in corporate America. Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corp. (www.bonnier.com), includes the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE, www.nafe.com), Diversity Best Practices (www.diversitybestpractices.com), the WorkLife Congress and the Multicultural Women’s Conference and Leadership Summits. Working Mother Media’s mission is to serve as a champion of culture change.

National statistics are taken from a recent study by the Society for Human Resource Management.

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CONTACT: Christiana Campos  (202) 822-7261, ccampos@nea.org