To determine the Best Workplaces for Parents list, Great Place to Work® compared 443,258 parents' and non-parents' responses to more than 50 survey questions anonymously rating their employers. The data revealed that after having children, parents especially mothers have a different experience than their colleagues of the inclusivity and opportunities for advancement at their organizations, among other differentiators. .
To determine the list, we took into account organizations' success in overcoming these differences in experience to create a great place to work for all employees, regardless of parenting status. We focused our analysis on parents' overall feedback, analyzing how their experiences compare to that of their colleagues, and the quality of the benefits provided to support them.
For example, this analysis considered:
Does becoming a parent change the extent to which employees are supported by their organizations? Do they feel fairly considered for meaningful opportunities to advance? Are they able to bring their whole selves to work? Are the benefits and culture supportive of their family lives?
Is the organization supportive and respectful of all parents or does it depend upon who you are and what job you perform?
Do executives earn parents' confidence and provide opportunities for mothers and fathers to innovate and contribute to the organization's success to the same extent as those without children?
How does the workplace compare on these factors to others of a similar size or industry?
How competitive are the company's biological and adoptive parental leave programs@f0 How much time off do new parents actually take as opposed to how much time is technically available on paper@f0 How generous are the company's flexible scheduling, child care and dependent health coverage benefits?
Rankings were driven by parents' feedback. To be considered, companies had to meet the Great Place to Work-Certified standard, have at least 50 employees, and their survey results needed at least a 95% confidence level, and a 5% margin of error or better.
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