Fortune has published its annual “The 100 Best Companies To Work For” (Milton Moskowitz and Robert Levering, March 15, 2015, pp. 97–154). In addition to providing its momentous list, Fortune includes a side list that derives from the element of female diversity: the 10 best companies for women. The idea is that anything that promotes diversity, especially involving such a large segment of the workforce, is beneficial to everyone:
“As many types of companies try to increase workforce diversity, the industries that traditionally attract more women workers (such as health care) continue to thrive.” (Colleen Leahey, p. 129)
To achieve a position on this list, companies were assessed on criteria such as:
- Highest percentage of female employees.
- Highest percentage of females in senior leadership or management.
- Flexible scheduling of work hours.
- Job-sharing options.
- Telecommuting options.
- Excellent maternity and adoption benefits.
With that in mind, here are the companies that made the cut:
- Meridian Health
- Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
- Perkins Coie
- Alston & Bird
- Novo Nordisk
- Baptist Health South Florida
- Atlantic Health System
- Scripps Health
- Wellstar Health System
The companies on this list are not necessarily the most well-known organizations. Nevertheless, the list itself highlights the growing awareness of the importance of workplace diversity, even when it comes to one of the most basic segments such as women.
The good news about diversity is that it empowers and enriches organizations that support it. These companies have capitalized on an especially significant diversity segment. Hopefully, many other companies will follow suit.