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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

A Family (friendly) Company

S.C. Johnson’s tag line—A Family Company—seems to mean more than the fact that it has been run by the same family for five generations.

The maker of household products ranked seventh place overall by Fortune on its list of the best 100 companies to work for in America. The Fortune list appears in the magazine’s most recent issue, and you need to be a subscriber to read it online.

In my opinion, S.C. Johnson ranks even higher for women with kids. The company, whose products are probably under your kitchen and bathroom sinks, received top marks for parent-friendly perks like childcare and extended maternity leave.

More than 13 percent of employees have kids enrolled in regular on-site childcare. That is higher than any other company, when measured as a percentage of the company's U.S. employees. The company also tied second place for offering 30 extra days of paid leave beyond the time women are eligible to collect disability. Other perks for parents, which were not ranked by Fortune, include flexible work schedules, paternity leave, paid sabbaticals, and telecommuting.

Finally, S.C. Johnson ranked #1 for having the smallest turnover. This was measured by tallying the percentage of employees who left a company voluntarily during the 12-month period surveyed.

If companies take care of employees by offering perks that help balance work and family, perhaps loyalty is given in return.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous6:53 PM

    Yet another reason to admire SC Johnson -- they've announced that they will not offshore their jobs.