United States

Working Mother Names RSM One of its 2019 100 Best Companies

Inclusive family benefits, gender-neutral parental leave and accessible, affordable childcare cited as key in rankings

NEWS RELEASE

CHICAGO,

Working Mother recently revealed its annual list of the 2019 100 Best Companies, representing more than 2 million employees in the U.S. RSM US LLP (RSM) – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market – was among the 100 companies that earned a spot on this year’s list. This is the 13th year RSM has been include on the list.

This year’s winners are focusing on inclusive benefits for families, including gender-neutral parental leave, gradual phase-back after leave, and accessible, affordable childcare. RSM was among the 100 companies that earned a spot on this year’s list.

“Our 100 Best Companies are the standard of excellence and continue to pave the way with the work they are doing on behalf of working parents and caregivers in the U.S.,” said Subha Barry, president of Working Mother Media. “We celebrate their efforts and applaud them for addressing the needs of this important and ever-growing sector of talent.”

Key findings from the 2019 100 Best Companies Data Snapshot:

  • The average number of fully paid weeks of maternity leave by the 100 Best Companies is 11 weeks, compared with an average of four weeks nationally (according to the Society for Human Resource Management).
  • Companies are continuing to move toward gender-neutral parental leave: 57 percent of Working Mother 100 Best Companies offer the same number of weeks for moms’ and dads’ leave.
  • 31 percent of the 100 Best Companies’ women employees participate in a leadership-development program; 33 percent of their women employees participate in one-on-one formal mentoring.
  • 98 percent of the 100 Best Companies offer flextime, with 79 percent of employees using it; 99 percent offer telecommuting, with 54 percent of women employees taking advantage of it.
  • 75 percent of the 100 Best Companies offer sick-child care, and 94 percent have backup/emergency childcare.

RSM understands and celebrates the unique value that each person brings to its workplace. Earlier this summer, for example, the firm’s Family First employee network group recognized the firm’s Working Mother and Father of the Year, Michele DeVito and Patrick McConnell, for successfully managing personal and professional priorities, providing exceptional experiences for the firm’s clients and its people, and serving as mentors and role models.

“We are thrilled to be included on this list for the 13th year,” said Katie Lamkin, chief talent officer with RSM US LLP. “We understand the importance of making all of our people feel included and understood, and one way we do that is by providing them with meaningful benefits, including flexibility in how, when and where they work. While our people are some of the best professionals I’ve ever known, they also have commitments outside of the workplace, and we want to help them balance both their work and their personal lives.”

“Parents are speaking out more than ever before about what they need to succeed at work and at home, and employers are paying attention,” said Meredith Bodgas, editor-in-chief of Working Mother. “By implementing family-friendly policies such as flexible schedules, paid parental leave, post-leave phase-back periods and mentoring programs, our 100 Best Companies are taking the needs of their employees into consideration in order to create a supportive, inclusive and productive environment.”

About the Methodology
The 2019 Working Mother 100 Best Companies application includes more than 400 questions on leave policies, workforce representation, benefits, childcare, advancement programs, flexibility policies and more. It surveys the availability and usage of these programs, as well as the accountability of the many managers who oversee them. All applicants receive feedback showing how they compare with other applicants; however, the names of applicants that do not make the list are kept confidential. Company profiles and data come from submitted applications and reflect 2018 data.

About Working Mother Media
Working Mother Media (WMM), a division of Bonnier Corp., publishes Working Mother magazine and its companion website, workingmother.com. The Working Mother Research Institute, the National Association for Female Executives, Diversity Best Practices and Culture@Work are also units within WMM. WMM’s mission is to serve as a champion of culture change, and Working Mother magazine is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

About RSM US LLP
RSM’s purpose is to deliver the power of being understood to our clients, colleagues and communities through world-class audit, tax and consulting services focused on middle market businesses. The clients we serve are the engine of global commerce and economic growth, and we are focused on developing leading professionals and services to meet their evolving needs in today’s ever-changing business environment.

RSM US LLP is the U.S. member of RSM International, a global network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms with more than 41,000 people in 116 countries. For more information, visit rsmus.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and/or connect with us on LinkedIn.