United States

Seramount Names RSM One of its 2021 Best Companies for Dads



Seramount (formerly Working Mother Media) recently revealed its fourth annual list of Best Companies for Dads. This year’s winners are focusing on inclusive benefits for families, including paid gender-neutral parental leave, backup childcare, and support provided to employees throughout COVID-19. RSM US LLP (“RSM”) – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services – was among the companies that earned a spot on this year’s list.

“At RSM, we understand that our 13,000+ people across the country and in Canada have unique needs based on their specific circumstances, and that working parents oftentimes need help managing the demands of work and family, particularly during challenging times such as the pandemic,” said Katie Lamkin, chief talent officer with RSM US LLP. "Offering meaningful benefits and other resources to support working parents – and all of our people – is key to helping them feel successful at work and at home. Being named one of the 2021 Best Companies for Dads is an indication that we’re getting it right.”

“Dads continue to be outspoken about wanting to be equal partners when it comes to parenting responsibilities and needing the flexibility from their employers to do so,” said Subha V. Barry, president of Seramount. “Our Best Companies for Dads are listening to their employees. They’ve made their leave policies more inclusive and have increased the support offered to families during a time when parents and caregivers are constantly juggling home and work life.”

RSM joins Bank of America, Citrix, Goldman Sachs & Co., IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Moody’s and others on this year’s Best Companies for Dad’s list.

Key findings from the 2021 Best Companies for Dads:

  • Companies continue to move toward gender-neutral parental leave: 88% of this year’s winners offer fully paid, gender-neutral parental leave compared to 63% of winners a year ago. The remaining 12% offer fully paid paternity leave.
  • Seventy-five percent of winning companies offer phase-back programs after leave (compared to 38% of last year’s winners).

This year Seramount added specific questions about how organizations helped parents and caretakers with time off, flexible hours and other benefits during COVID-19. There is a significant difference between the responses of companies that made the list and those that didn’t, showcasing how this year’s Best Companies for Dads pivoted to help working families.

  • Seventy-five percent of Best Companies for Dads gave employees extra time off in 2020 because of COVID-19.
  • Sixty percent of Best Companies for Dads increased health insurance coverage for employees and/or dependents as a result of COVID-19.
  • Eighty-two percent of Best Companies for Dads increased mental-health coverage for employees and/or dependents as a result of COVID-19.
  • Sixty-two percent of Best Companies for Dads increased childcare reimbursements because of COVID-19.

About the Methodology
The 2021 Seramount Best Companies for Dads application includes more than 400 questions related to leave policies, benefits, childcare, flexibility, employee-resource groups for men and working parents, and more. It surveys the availability and usage of these programs, as well as the accountability of the many managers who oversee them. This year Seramount added specific questions about how organizations helped parents and caretakers during COVID-19. 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 2020 data.

About Seramount
Seramount, now part of EAB, is a strategic professional services firm dedicated to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. Over four decades, partnering with some of the most iconic companies in the world, they have built a deep, data-driven understanding of the employee experience, which lays the groundwork for everything they do. Seramount’s comprehensive DE&I toolkit includes actionable research and insights, membership, strategic guidance and consulting, and inspiring events, meeting each client’s needs no matter where they are on their journey and guiding them along an ever-changing landscape. Seramount has empowered over 450 organizations to realize the business benefits of diversity, equity and inclusion. Learn more at seramount.com.

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 48,000 people across 120 countries. For more information, visit rsmus.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and/or connect with us on LinkedIn.