NEW YORK, Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Highlighting the top companies with progressive workplace programs, today Working Mother magazine named Diageo North America as one of the 2013 Working Mother 100 Best Companies. Diageo is recognized as a committed advocate of family-friendly workplaces with progressive programs including flexible work arrangements, paid family leave, backup childcare and health and wellness programs.
"We are honored to be recognized as a leading family-friendly company for the fifth year in a row," said Larry Schwartz, President, Diageo North America. "We firmly believe that it is good business and the right thing to do to create an environment that fosters success for all employees. One way we do that is by offering programs that help our employees balance their work and family commitments."
Diageo offers a variety of flexible working arrangements including job share, flextime, compressed hours and opportunities to work from home. The company subsidizes back-up daycare and adult/elder care, matches employees' flexible spending accounts for dependent care and reimburses a percentage of the cost for in vitro and fertility treatments. Pregnant women and new moms can take advantage of nutritional education, smoking cessation programs and access to private pumping rooms for nursing mothers. Programs for employees with tweens/teens include college preparation and placement assistance as well as counseling for substance abuse, emotional support and families. Many office locations offer on-site timesaving services such as a health club and dry cleaning dropoff/pickup, and all employees have access to a concierge service. Employees are granted up to 5 days per year of paid time off to volunteer, which can be used to be active in their children's schools or elsewhere in the community. The company also supports new ideas from employees, particularly parents and mothers who face unique challenges.