Few things make us as unabashedly happy as the success of our clients. And the 2016 Working Mother 100 Best Companies list has us positively glowing. More than three quarters of the organizations on the list – 83 to be exact – are part of our family of clients. These are companies we’re proud to call partners…who are modern in all the best possible ways. They embrace working mothers. They help them build great careers as well as solid families. And as a result, they’re not just rewarded with standout reputations as employers, but also the kind of bottom lines…
Bright Horizons sends an enthusiastic shout out to all of the accomplished employers on this year’s FORTUNE list – especially the many we’re proud to call both clients…and part of our Bright Horizons family.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked what wins employees’ hearts. The answer? Say it with values statements.
Can women have it all? Deloitte CEO Cathy Englebert’s says yes, with a caveat: “Don’t let having it all be defined by someone else.” There’s a key to that – employers have to let us.
Consistency of culture requires a philosophy that pivots with the organization. In workplaces that do, market or economy can change, but foundation won’t.
People can work extra-long hours between Monday and Friday when they know quitting time is ahead. But when weekends become just another part of an endless tunnel of weekdays, employee burnout becomes inevitable.
It’s easy to define your vibe when you’re a fledgling startup when all of your employees are around the same foosball table. But culture can get away from you when you grow into a national or global success. How can your preserve your culture across the miles?
Bright Horizons’ Mary Lou Burke Afonso writes about Bright Horizons’ thousands of employees, the organization’s commitment to making sure they all feel connected to the culture and each other, and the importance of personal relationships in that equation.
“The winners share a few key traits,” says the Boston Globe article about the list culled from anonymous employee surveys: “treating workers well, giving them a voice, and encouraging them to have some fun while they’re at it.”
If you’ve got a trend of unhappy employees, feel free to give them something shiny – like Massage Mondays — to perk them up. But if that’s your only approach to unhappy employees, you’re just going to end up with unhappy employees enjoying massages.