Working Mother magazine named WellStar Health System one of the “Best Companies for Hourly Workers” for 2013. Only 12 companies in the country were named to this list, which distinguishes employers that have the best policies and programs for promoting women and a dynamic work life culture.
Hourly workers make up 81% of WellStar’s workforce, and nearly 70% of those workers participate in WellStar’s medical plan. More than half of WellStar’s hourly female team members opt for coverage under WellStar’s medical plan.
The survey, conducted by the Working Mother Research Institute, reveals that 41% of hourly employees at the Best Companies participate in family health insurance programs through their employers, and 61% participate in employer-sponsored personal health insurance programs.
“We are proud to be recognized for our outstanding world-class benefits, work life programs and for fostering a culture that supports our valued team members,” says David Anderson, executive vice president , human resources, organizational learning and chief compliance officer for WellStar Health System.
Women in full-time service jobs are often completely uninsured, with 35 percent of restaurant workers, 36 percent of cashiers and 26 percent of retail sales assistants lacking insurance versus only 16 percent of all U.S. women, according to an analysis of 2010 Census Bureau data by the National Women’s Law Center. All of the 2013 Best Companies offer career advancement opportunities, including technology training and mentoring. Ten out of the twelve offer career counseling and language skills training.
WellStar joins other Best Companies, including Best Buy, General Motors, Hilton Worldwide, Marriott International and Capital One Financial. The full results of the Working Mother Best Companies for Hourly Workers report can be found at: workingmother.com/hourly.