2013WorkingMother BestCompanies for HourlyWorkers executive summary

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Executive Summary

Background on the Initiative

The purpose of the Best Companies for Hourly Workers initiative is to recognize American corporations that create and use best practices to support their non-exempt employees.

Since 2010, the Working Mother Research Institute has asked companies whose workforces comprise at least 50 percent hourly employees to tell us how their flexible work arrangement systems, training and education programs and advancement policies affect their non-exempt workers.

The 2013 application included questions in the following areas:

  • Company Profile
  • Company Culture and Work Life Programs
  • Workforce Profile
  • Benefits
  • Training, Development and Advancement
  • Work and Flexibility
  • Paid Time Off and Leaves

Source: 2013 Working Mother Best Companies for Hourly Workers

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Research Methodology

Completed applications for the 2013 Best Companies for Hourly Workers initiative

were collected online from June 15 to September 14, 2012.

To qualify, a company must have at least 500 U.S. employees, and at least half of its U.S. workforce must be non-exempt.

Winning companies were selected from a pool of self-selected applicant companies

and ranked numerically based on the data they provided in their applications.

Winners were selected based on these applications and will be announced in the April/May

2013 issue of Working Mother magazine and on workingmother.com/bestcompanies.

Statistics reported are aggregated from the data collected

from the 12 winning companies.

Source: 2013 Working Mother Best Companies for Hourly Workers

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Summary of 2013 Findings

The 2013 Best Companies for Hourly Workers support their non-exempt employees in ways that many large employers do only for their salaried ranks:

All Best Companies offer full-time non-exempt employees personal and family health insurance, dental and vision coverage, prescription drug coverage and tuition benefits.

All Best Companies offer job-skills training that takes place during work hours for normal pay.

All Best Companies offer flextime to non-exempt employees, and 68% of eligible workers use it. That is a slight decline from last year, but the percentage of hourly employees using telecommuting and compressed work schedules rose.

Employees at the Best Companies are earning more money this year. The proportion of non-exempt workers earning less than $12 per hour fell to 30% from 46% among employees at the 2012 Best Companies.

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Congratulations!

the 2013 Best Companies for Hourly Workers

By the Numbers

The 2013 Working Mother Best Companies for Hourly Workers employ more than 640,000 people

Demographics

Hourly Employees Snapshot

 

non-exempt* employees represent 84% of the workforce at the Best

Companies for Hourly Workers, on average.

*Non-exempt employees are those who receive hourly wages (minimum wage or higher) and are eligible for overtime pay under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Source: 2013 Working Mother Best Companies for Hourly Workers

Hourly Employees Snapshot

Women represent 47% of the Non-Exempt employees

at the Best Companies, on average.

Female Non-Exempt Employees

Male Non-Exempt Employees

Mercy Health System

90%

10%

WellStar Health System

86%

14%

Bon Secours Virginia

84%

16%

University of New Mexico Hospitals

79%

21%

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics

79%

21%

Capital One Financial

73%

27%

Sodexo

61%

39%

Valassis

56%

44%

Marriott International

55%

45%

Hilton Worldwide

52%

48%

Best Buy

31%

69%

General Motors

22%

78%

Source: 2013 Working Mother Best Companies for Hourly Workers

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Full-Time Hourly Employees: Age

At the Best Companies, non-exempt workers are well represented across all age groups.

Source: 2013 Working Mother Best Companies for Hourly Workers

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Age of Full-Time Employees: Hourly Workers Are Younger than Salaried

among full-time hourly employees, 34% are under 35 years old; among

full-time exempt workers, 24% are under 35.

Source: 2013 Working Mother Best Companies for Hourly Workers

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Full-Time Hourly Employees: Race

At the Best Companies, Almost 60% of non-exempt Workers are White,

17% are latino and 20% are black.

Unknown

1%

Caucasian

Multiracial

56%

1%

Native American/

Alaskan Native

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Non-Exempt Employees: Pay per Hour

Hourly workers at the 2013 best companies are making more

than last year’s winners did

Percentage of Employees in Each Category of Hourly Wages

State minimum wage laws vary; federal minimum wage is currently $7.25.

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Source: 2011 & 2012 Working Mother Best Companies for Hourly Workers

Hourly Workers: Promotions

At the Best Companies, women received 47% of the promotions to

salaried exempt positions from hourly jobs and 38% of all

PROMOTIONS to non-exempt manager positions.

Promoted from an Hourly Non-

Promoted from an Hourly

Manager Position to a Non-Exempt

Position to a Salaried Exempt

Manager/Team Leader Position

Position

Female

Female

38%

47%

Male

Male

62%

53%

Source: 2013 Working Mother Best Companies for Hourly Workers

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Benefits

 

Best Practices: Health & Wellness Benefits

100% of the Best Companies offer full-time non-exempt employees access to:

Personal health insurance coverage

Family health insurance coverage

Dental coverage

Vision coverage

Prescription drug coverage

Tuition benefits

On average, hourly employees at the Best Companies must work a minimum of 21 hours per week to be eligible for health care benefits.

Source: 2013 Working Mother Best Companies for Hourly Workers

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Best Practices: Child Care

ALL Best Companies offer CHILD CARE RESOURCE AND REFERRAL SERVICES, while five OFFER backup Child care and school holiday child care to non-exempt employees.

Number of Best Companies that Offer Child Care Programs

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Source: 2013 Working Mother Best Companies for Hourly Workers

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Best Practices: Tuition Reimbursement

All Best Companies offer tuition BENEFITS

to Non-EXEMPT EMPLOYEES.

Number of Best Companies that Offer Tuition Programs

23 is the average minimum number of hours that employees

must work per week to be eligible for tuition benefits.

Source: 2013 Working Mother Best Companies for Hourly Workers

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Training, Development and Advancement

Best Practices: Life-Skills Training

The Best Companies offer Non-EXEMPT employees

a variety of life-skills programs.

Number of Best Companies that Offer Life-Skills Programs

11 1010 99 88

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Computer

Conflict

Time

Stress

Financial

Language

Budgeting

College

training

resolution

management

management

literacy

courses

programs

programs

11Best Companies offer life-skills training during the hourly employees’ scheduled workday,

and pay workers regular hourly wages.

Source: 2013 Working Mother Best Companies for Hourly Workers

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Best Practices: Job Skills Training

all of the Best Companies offer:

Job skills training for hourly employees

Job skills training during work hours

Paid job skills training

Number of Best Companies that Offer Job Skills Training

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 Best Practices: Career Advancement

The Best Companies offer career advancement opportunities.

Number of Best Companies that Offer Advancement Programs

  • Training on fundamentals (such as basic work skills, problem solving skills, etc.)
  • Basic technology training
  • Online self-directed training sessions
  • Classroom training employees can sign up for
  • Mentoring
  • Information to explain benefits
  • Information and training on financial literacy
  • Supervisor/team leader preparatory training
  • Peer learning/training groups

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Scheduling Flexibility & Paid Time Off

Best Practices: Scheduling Flexibility

 

Number of the Best Companies for Hourly Workers that provide hourly workers access to the following types of scheduling flexibility:

Source: 2013 Working Mother Best Companies for Hourly Workers

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Best Practices:

Flexible Work Arrangements

All best companies offer flextime and Part-Time work

Access and Usage for Flexible Work Arrangements:

Percentage of Best Companies that offer flexible work arrangements

Access for full-time non-exempt employees

Usage by full-time non-exempt employees

Access and usage percentages reflect only the data submitted by those Best Companies that offer each arrangement.

n/a: did not ask specifically for access to telecommuting by full-time non-exempt employees.

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Source: 2013 Working Mother Best Companies for Hourly Workers

Year Over Year:

Usage of Flexible Work Arrangements

Usage of Flextime and part-time work by full-time non-exempt employees

declined slightly this year, while the usage of telecommuting and

compressed work schedules continued to increase.

Usage of Flexible Work Arrangements by Full-Time Non-Exempt Employees

100%

100%

*Access and usage percentages reflect only the data submitted by those Best Companies that offer each arrangement.

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Source: 2013 Working Mother Best Companies for Hourly Workers

Best Practices: Paid Time Off

The Best Companies offer paid time off to employees.

the average minimum weekly work requirement to earn paid time off

At the best companies is 16 hours.

Average Number of Paid Days Offered and Taken

at the Best Companies for Hourly Workers

Average number of paid days off offered

Average number of paid days off taken

Part-time employees

Full-time non-exempt employees

Full-time exempt employees

Source: 2013 Working Mother Best Companies for Hourly Workers

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Company Culture &Work Life Issues

 Best Practices at Best Companies

Source: 2013 Working Mother Best Companies for Hourly Workers

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Best Practices at Best Companies

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Best Practices: Nursing Mothers

ALL BEST COMPANIES PAY HOURLY EMPLOYEES THEIR NORMAL

HOURLY WAGEs DURING LACTATION BREAKS.

6 Best Companies PROVIDE MANAGERS WITH INFORMATION ON HOW

TO ACCOMMODATE NON-EXEMPT NURSING MOTHERS.

Number of Best Companies that Offer Lactation Programs

1010

Source: 2013 Working Mother Best Companies for Hourly Workers

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Best Practices: Health & Wellness

12

The Best Companies support the

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health & wellness of Hourly Workers.

Number of Best Companies that Offer Wellness Programs

Source: 2013 Working Mother Best Companies for Hourly Workers

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Best Practices: Additional  Programs for Hourly Workers

half the best companies offer mortgage assistance programs to

their hourly workers.

Number of Best Companies that Offer Additional Programs

Free employee

Free or

Free or

Foreclosure

Mortgage

Public

parking

subsidized

subsidized

counseling

assistance

transportation

meals

uniforms*

programs

programs

subsidies

*9 Best Companies provide free or subsidized uniforms for hourly workers, and 2 Best Companies do not require employees to wear uniforms.

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Source: 2013 Working Mother Best Companies for Hourly Workers

How do you rate in key areas like diversity & inclusion, women’s advancement and work life programs? The Working Mother Research Institute has the answer. With one of the most comprehensive databases available to corporate America, WMRI has the data you need to make the right decisions for both your employees and your bottom line.

To find out how your company rates, register today for one of our initiatives:

Working Mother 100 Best Companies

Working Mother Best Companies for Multicultural Women

Working Mother Best Companies for Hourly Workers

Working Mother & Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firms for Women

NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women

Diversity Best Practices

Participation is free and confidential.

Interested in learning more? Visit wmmsurveys.com today!

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Benchmarking

The most detailed data available, our benchmarking reports show how your company rates, question- by-question, against all Best Companies. Custom comparisons are also available.

Scorecards

Each participating company receives a free top-line summary of how it compares with all applicants across essential clusters of the initiative’s extensive application.

Custom Assessments

Let our researchers do the assessment for you. Our experienced team will turn your benchmarking data into a turnkey presentation showing where your company leads and lags compared with the Best Companies.

Interested in learning more? Contact us

From flexibility and child care to the recruitment, retention and advancement of women, the Working Mother Research Institute is dedicated to tracking and promoting the best practices of today while also creating marching orders for tomorrow. WMRI’s goal is to give both working mothers and their employers the information they need to be truly family friendly.

Learn more at workingmother.com/research

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Contact Information

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