If you’re not familiar with these lists, Working Mother magazine started listing the best companies for working moms more than 25 years ago. The list grew to 100 companies, and soon companies all over the country were vying for a place on this list. Then they added other lists—Best Green, Best for Advancement, etc.
The latest issue contains their 100 Best Companies for Hourly Workers list. This list is important because in so many companies, exempt workers are treated to benefits hourly workers can only dream of.
Unlike salaried workers, hourly workers (especially if they’re part time) often don’t get benefits. If they’re sick, well, too bad--they lose the money they might have earned if they'd gone to work. They’re often paid at a lower per-hour rate than full-time workers. And sometimes getting promoted is just plain impossible. I once worked a job where they made their hourly employees work exactly 39 hours a week so they wouldn't have to give them benefits.
A company might say it’s family-friendly, but if it only treats its highest-paid workers well, does it really benefit families or just help people who are already well off?
Here are some perks hourly workers get at the 100 Best companies:
- Tuition aid for either undergraduate or graduate students
- Complete or pro-rated benefits for those who work less than 40 hours
- Partially paid maternity leave
- Alternative scheduling
- Advancement opportunities and job skills training
- Vacation time, even for part-time worker
- Management track or career advancement programs to help workers advance