A working mother would be happier and favor an employer who offers:

  • Paid maternity leave
  • Part-time work options
  • Child care options
  • Provides networking and growth opportunities for female employees
  • Helps with mentoring within the organization to help women up the corporate ladder

The Working Mother magazine selects the top 100 companies every year based on eight areas of work life: child care, culture, and leave for new parents, flexible work arrangements, women’s advancement, total compensation, work life culture and family-friendly programs. In addition, editors also look at a range of supportive company offerings and policies including health insurance premiums, availability of time off to care for sick children, mentoring programs and other conveniences.

Some of those with the golden batch from the female workers have these traits:

The following two are Australian companies: (Source Careerone)

GM Holden: Holden is also the first automotive manufacturer to introduce 14 weeks’ paid maternity leave. Women on maternity leave retain company vehicle entitlements. The recruitment program was re-designed to include images of women and female apprentices speak at industry recruitment days. Employees can re-arrange their hours to take their last break at the end of the shift to allow them to leave early to pick up their children from school.

Goldman Sachs JBWere: Flexible work arrangements and special programs for women returning to work from maternity leave. Graduate recruitment campaigns redesigned to attract more women. Talent mapping and succession planning to promote more women to senior management roles. Part-time work options available for managers.