Benefits & Work-Life Focus


77 Employers Identified with Work-Life Distinction

Seal of Distinction Recipients
Here are the 2015 recipients of the WorldatWork Alliance for Work-Life Progress Seal of Distinction:
  • 1WorldSync
  • A.T. Kearney
  • ACI Specialty Benefits Corp.
  • Acxiom Corp.
  • AgStar Financial Services
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • BASF Corp.
  • BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina
  • Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System
  • Bon Secours Health System Inc.
  • Bright Horizons Family Solutions LLC
  • Brown University
  • Brownells Inc.
  • Bureau of Engraving & Printing, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Cargill Inc.
  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Children's Health (Children's Medical Center, Dallas)
  • Community Health Accreditation Partner Inc. (CHAP Inc.)
  • Discovery Communications LLC
  • Dow Corning Corp.
  • DRS Technologies Inc.
  • Dyn
  • Emory University
  • Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
  • George Mason University
  • George Washington University
  • Hawaii National Bank
  • Herman Miller Inc.
  • Johns Hopkins University and Health System
  • LifeCare Inc.
  • Marriott International Inc.
  • Mecklenburg EMS Agency (Medic)
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • MetLife Inc.
  • Monsanto Co.
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Security Agency
  • Northrop Grumman Corp.
  • Northwestern Medicine (Northwestern Memorial HealthCare)
  • Northwestern University
  • Old National Bank
  • O'Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Oregon State University
  • Paul Hastings LLP
  • Pearson PLC
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Ryan LLC
  • Sanofi
  • SatCom Marketing LLC
  • Sittercity Inc.
  • Smith Seckman Reid Inc.
  • Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)
  • Stanford University
  • State Street Corp.
  • SunGard Public Sector
  • Summit
  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A. Inc.
  • Texas Instruments Inc.
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • University at Buffalo, State University of New York
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Calgary
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Rhode Island
  • Veterans United Home Loans
  • Waggener Edstrom Communications
  • Wells Enterprises Inc.
  • WellStar Health System
  • Workplace Options
  • Yale University
  • YMCA of Greater Rochester
By Jane Larson, WorldatWork  |  April 2015

A record 77 employers have been honored with the 2015 Seal of Distinction from WorldatWork Alliance for Work-Life Progress.

The Seal of Distinction is designed to recognize employers who demonstrate leadership in workplace strategies and practices to help employees achieve success in work-life effectiveness. Recipients were honored at an awards gala at the WorldatWork Alliance for Work-Life Progress 2015 Future of Work Forum, held in Nashville in March.

The awards program began in 2012, recognizing 26 companies and organizations. Now, four years later, the Seal of Distinction has been awarded to 77 corporations and organizations, including 20 first-time recipients and 16 that have earned the seal all four years.

Applicants are evaluated on their work-life programs, policies and practices in seven categories:

  • Caring for dependents
  • Health and wellness
  • Workplace flexibility
  • Financial support for economic security
  • Paid and unpaid time off
  • Community involvement
  • Transforming organizational culture.

The criteria help organizations compare their work-life offerings to best-in-class practices.

An AWLP analysis shows that Seal of Distinction applicants were nearly universal in specific features offered in their work-life programs. Common benefits affecting employees' work schedules included flex time, telework, paid leave and holidays, and short- and long-term disability. Common financial benefits included health-care spending accounts, tuition reimbursement, personal financial planning and 401(k) matches. Rounding out the list of frequently offered benefits were employee assistance programs and resource and referral services for child and elder care.

This year's Seal of Distinction recipients represent a wide range of industries. The greatest share comes from education, at 22%; followed by consulting, professional, scientific and technical services, at 13%; finance, banking and insurance, at 10%; and health care and social assistance, at 9%.

Recipients also vary widely in their numbers of employees, showing that both very small and very large organizations can implement outstanding work-life programs. The greatest share of Seal of Distinction recipients, at 23%, has 10,000 to 19,999 employees, followed by those with 100 to 499 employees and 2,500 to 4,999 employees, at 14% each.

Employers that have earned the Seal of Distinction all four years are:

  • Private sector: Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Dow Corning Corp., LifeCare Inc., Marriott International Inc., MetLife Inc., Pearson PLC, Ryan LLC, Sittercity Inc., Texas Instruments Inc. and Workplace Options
  • Public sector: The U.S. Treasury Department's Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Non-profit/not-for-profit sector: Emory University, George Mason University and the University of Arizona.

Employers new to the Seal of Distinction rolls are:

  • Private sector: 1WorldSync, ACI Specialty Benefits,  DRS Technologies, Dyn, Herman Miller Inc., Smith Seckman Reid Inc., Summit Consulting LLC, Waggener Edstrom Communications and Wells Enterprises Inc.
  • Public sector: National Institutes of Health
  • Non-profit/not-for-profit sector: Bon Secours Health System; Children's Health System of Texas; Community Health Accreditation Partner Inc., or CHAP Inc.; Northwestern University; Stanford University; University of Calgary; University of California, San Diego; University of Michigan;  University of Rhode Island; and YMCA of Greater Rochester (N.Y.)

Here are some highlights of Seal of Distinction recipients that go above and beyond the most common work-life benefits:

  • Dow Corning, the Michigan-based developer and manufacturer of silicon-based technology. It has on-site fitness centers at many locations and offers a Destination Services team to help relocating employees and their families get acquainted with new communities.
  • Dyn, a cloud-based Internet performance company based in Manchester, N.H. In addition to unlimited paid time off, Dyn's offerings include quarterly profit-sharing, free on-site massages, a farm-to-table private café and a kitchen stocked with snacks and drinks. Befitting its high-tech roots, a ping pong table and Segways also are available.
  • Herman Miller Inc., the Michigan-based designer and manufacturer of office furniture. Its health care benefits include an advocacy program to help employees navigate health-care system complexities, and its financial protection benefits include flexible spending accounts to help pay mass transit and parking expenses. It also provides on-site medical professionals for urgent care, health testing and lab work.
  • SitterCity, a national network to connect families with babysitters and nannies. It has a company-sponsored marathon team and weekly catered lunch-and-learn presentations. Employees work from home on Fridays, year-round.
  • WellStar Health System, an Atlanta not-for-profit health care system. It offers a free pension plan and recently added concierge services to its benefits.
  • Wells Enterprises Inc., the Iowa-based maker of Blue Bunny ice cream. It includes online courses in its employee development offerings and identity theft protection in compensation.
  • The YMCA of Greater Rochester. It offers employees free membership and covers the cost when they renew certifications. 

For employers already thinking of future Seal of Distinction recognitions, the AWLP analysis suggested opportunities that all applicants could consider adding to their portfolios. Less-common but potentially beneficial offerings include on-site or nearby programs for child and elder care; use of technology to establish "on-off" work boundaries; and the promotion of National Work & Family Month in October.

About the Author

Jane Larson writes and edits for WorldatWork in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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