Herman Miller named best place to work for working mothers
ZEELAND, Mich. - Michigan-based office furniture giant Herman Miller has been named to Working Mother's 100 Best Companies for Leadership in Family Benefits for the seventh time.
Working Mother magazine's annual list recognizes companies for demonstrating progressive work programs in the areas of advancement of women, flexibility, childcare and paid parental leave.
Thirty-nine percent of Herman Miller’s 4,621 U.S. employees are female, and 32 percent of its managers are women. The company says 45 percent of all its new hires are women. 
Employees at Herman Miller have seven formal flexible work options, 100 percent dependent care match (up to $750 annually), and a volunteer policy (16 paid hours per year) which can be used to help with a kid’s school or sports team. Emotional well-being classes, held on-site and via Skype, teach people about the need for work-life integration, self-care and stress management. More than 100 employees have been trained in “mental health first aid,” and can identify and assist colleagues in need.
“At Herman Miller, we understand the importance of work-life integration for all working mothers and fathers around the globe,” said Mike Ramirez, Executive Vice President of People, Places, and Administration at Herman Miller. “As a key component to our core values, we recognize our employees not just by the work they do, but the people they are. We’re proud of the framework we have in place to help support employees to achieve their personal best both in and outside of work. This includes our Working Parents team that helps employees navigate the resources we have available – such as health and wellness training, flexible working arrangements, and dependent care support.”

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