BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless company with the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, today announced that the company is a 2007 Working Mother 100 Best Company for Working Mothers for the seventh consecutive year. Through innovative company-wide benefits and programs, Verizon Wireless continues to ensure the retention and advancement of working mothers.
As the only wireless carrier to be recognized by Working Mother, Verizon Wireless is committed to offering work/life initiatives to its employees with flexible work arrangements, childcare discounts, a prenatal exercise program, the Healthy Babies program that helps improve employee quality of life throughout their pregnancy and after childbirth and the Backup Care program, which provides employees with access to backup caregivers for children, adult/elderly dependents and spouses/domestic partners.
"Verizon Wireless is honored to receive this outstanding recognition from Working Mother," said Martha Delehanty, vice president human resources for Verizon Wireless. "Working mothers are an integral part of our company and we are dedicated to helping them and all employees balance their professional and personal lives with programs that accommodate work/life needs."
"Every year our winning companies raise the bar for what it means to be an employer of choice for working families," said Carol Evans, chief executive officer and president, Working Mother Media. "Verizon Wireless not only offers essential benefits like flextime and telecommuting they go above and beyond with a range of best practices and policies to ease the difficulties for working parents and their families. Their supportive culture makes a huge difference to employees who want to be great moms and great workers."
Added Suzanne Riss, the editor in chief of Working Mother magazine, "As a working mother myself, I understand how absolutely essential it is for companies to find ways to nurture the personal and professional lives of employees. I commend Verizon Wireless for conceiving and effectively implementing programs and benefits that offer an inspiring paradigm for the rest of corporate America: it is possible to be both family-friendly and financially successful."
Verizon Wireless was selected for the 2007 Working Mother 100 Best Companies based on an extensive application of 575 questions. The application included detailed questions about workforce, compensation, child-care and flexibility programs, leave policies and more. It also checked the usage, availability and tracking of programs, as well as the accountability of managers who oversee them. Seven areas were measured and scored: workforce profile, compensation, child care, flexibility, time off and leaves, family-friendly programs, and company culture. For this year's 100 Best, particular weight was given to flexibility and family-friendly policies. For more information on the 2007 Working Mother 100 Best Companies and for a complete list of winners, visit www.workingmother.com.
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About Working MotherFounded in 1979, Working Mother magazine reaches nearly 3 million readers and is the only national magazine for career mothers. Its 22-year signature initiative, Working Mother 100 Best Companies, is the most important benchmark for work/life practices in corporate America. The publication also releases the annual list of the Best Companies for Multicultural Women in the June issue. Working Mother is published by Working Mother Media (WMM), which also owns the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), NAFE Magazine, the annual 100 Best Companies WorkLife Congress, as well as the Best Companies for Multicultural Women Conference and regional Town Halls. In 2006, WMM acquired Diversity Best Practices, the preeminent organization for diversity thought leaders.
About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving more than 62.1 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 67,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.####