COLUMBUS, Ga. - Sept. 21, 2004 - For the fourth consecutive year, AFLAC has been named to Working Mother magazine's list of the '100 Best Companies for Working Mothers.' The list will be published in the magazine's October issue and will also be available on www.workingmother.com.
The 2004 list noted a trend among the chosen best companies toward employee wellness programs to keep employees fit and productive. The magazine's announcement of this year's list made specific reference to amenities at AFLAC like aerobic classes and walking trails.
'AFLAC is continually looking for ways to help our working mothers maintain the balance they are looking for between family and work,' said Audrey Boone Tillman, AFLAC senior vice president, director of Human Resources. 'Helping them stay healthy - be it through free wellness screenings or at our on-site gym - is one way to achieve that balance.'
To be named to the '100 Best Companies for Working Mothers' list, public or private companies complete a comprehensive application, including questions about a company's culture, employee population and policies on work/life and women's advancement. Applications are validated and scored on more than 500 points of information, including the number of work/life programs offered, the employee usage of such programs and the representation of women throughout the company.
For this year's list, Working Mother gave particular weight to three issues: flexible scheduling, time off for new parents and child-care options. AFLAC has the largest corporate on-site childcare centers in the state of Georgia, with a capacity of 540 children. In addition, the company's personal time off (PTO) program gives employees a set number of days off to use any way they choose.
'It's an enormous responsibility to care for a family and succeed at a job, and we're thrilled to see the serious commitment of smart companies to help their employees,' said Carol Evans, CEO of Working Mother Media, which publishes Working Mother.
AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE: AFL) is an international holding company. A Fortune 500 company, AFLAC insures more than 40 million people worldwide. It is a leading writer of insurance products marketed at the worksite in the United States, offering policies to employees at more than 309,000 payroll accounts. The company insures one out of four Japanese households and is the largest life insurer in Japan in terms of individual insurance policies in force. In January 2004, AFLAC was included in Fortune magazine's list of the '100 Best Companies to Work for in America' for the sixth consecutive year. Also in January 2004, AFLAC was named to Forbes magazine's 'Platinum 400 List of America's Best Big Companies' for the fifth consecutive year. In March 2004, Fortune magazine included AFLAC in its annual listing of 'America's Most Admired Companies.' AFLAC's Internet address is www.aflac.com.