AOL Named a 2010 Working Mother 100 Best
– 100 Best Lead the Way in Inspiring Change and Diverse Benefits for Work/Life Balance –
September 14, 2010 09:27 AM Eastern Daylight Time
NEW YORK--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Celebrating its silver anniversary this year, the Working Mother
100 Best Companies initiative has selected AOL 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—companies like AOL have been instrumental in supporting their advancement.
The 100 Best Companies’ family programs adeptly help employees in all areas of their lives. This marks the second
consecutive year that AOL has been recognized by Working Mother for offering benefits that include a WellBaby
program for expectant parents, AOL HealthSmart, a wellness incentive program featuring fitness partnerships and
online healthy living tools, parenting programs and organizations, on-site lactation rooms and fitness centers, adoption
and infertility treatment assistance, and more.
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 companie