Suzanne Riss, the editor-in-chief of Working Mother magazine, said, "As a working mother myself, I commend Abbott for conceiving and effectively implementing programs and benefits that offer an inspiring paradigm for the rest of corporate America -- it is possible to be both family-friendly and financially successful."
"Being progressive and innovative is critical to our continued success as a company -- not just in the products that we make but in the culture we create and maintain," said Miles D. White, chairman and chief executive officer, Abbott. "We are proud to be honored once again for the steps we take to make Abbott a great place to work for working moms, and for all of our employees around the world."
Helping Mothers Meet Special Family Needs
In addition to continuing to recognize the importance of flexibility in the workplace, Working Mother spotlighted companies on this year's list for their efforts to help parents with special family needs.
Ann Tovcimak, a research pharmacologist at Abbott and mother of Rory, age 4, who has mild-to-moderate hearing loss, is pleased with the attention her son receives at Abbott's Early Discoveries on-site child care facility -- one of the nation's five largest child care centers. Rory receives weekly speech therapy, auditory therapy and sign language lessons, and a lot of support from the center's staff.
About Working Mother's 100 Best List
Abbott was selected for the 2007 Working Mother "100 Best Companies"
based on an extensive application of 575 questions. Seven areas were
measured and scored: workforce profile, compensation, child care,
flexibility, time off and leaves, family-friendly programs and company
culture. The application also evaluates the usage, availability and
tracking of programs, as well as the accountability of managers who oversee
them. For this year's "100 Bes
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