PetSmart, Target and Valassis named ‘best for hourly workers’
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Executive Women platinum sponsor Target and gold sponsors PetSmart and Valassis
were named three of the "Best Companies for Hourly Workers” by Working Mother
magazine. The list
recognizes 12 employers that have the best policies and programs for promoting
women and a dynamic work life culture.
Working Mother honored the NEW sponsors and other
organizations for their family-friendly track records in recruiting, retaining
and advancing hourly employees, benefits and other criteria.
"Hourly workers are
often overlooked as a vital source of talent and in some cases are assumed to
be uninterested in development,” Jennifer Kohler, director of advisory services
for Catalyst, told Working Mother. "This is a fallacy that successful companies
don’t fall for.”
employees at Working Mother’s "Best Companies for Hourly Workers” represent 89
percent of the workforce, on average. At PetSmart, nonexempt employees are 91
percent of the workforce, at Target 92 percent, at Valassis 70 percent.
represent 53 percent of the non-exempt employees at these companies on average and 51
percent of hourly workers nationwide. Women represent 71 percent of PetSmart’s
nonexempt hourly workforce, 57 percent at Target and 54 percent at Valassis.
All of working
mother’s "Best Companies for Hourly Workers” require managers to receive training
in how to help hourly employees advance. "Talent development is a core
part of Target’s culture that runs very deep,” Network of Executive Women member
Kim Strong, vice president of diversity and inclusion of Target, told Working
Mother. "There is tremendous pride in being seen as a person, team or store
that’s recognized for growing talent.
"As soon as team members
start in our stores, we look at them as leaders,” she added. "We want to know
where their interests lie. We talk a lot about what steps we can take to
Like other recognized companies,
PetSmart fosters hourly employee feedback. "Associates are taking care of our
customers every day. They are so qualified to have great ideas,” NEW Ambassador
Cathie Spain, director of associate relations, told Working Mother. The
retailer has put a "Fetch button” on its intranet to garner employee
suggestions. In less than a year, the site received 2,700 ideas. The company
implemented 50 are considering another 250.
All of the
"Best Companies for Hourly Workers” offer flexible work arrangements. On
average, 73 percent of hourly workers at these companies use flextime, up from
68 percent in 2011. At Valassis, numerous work schedules exist to meet
business needs while offering opportunities for family time. Valassis also offers
a wide range of options that enable associates to take care of family needs,
such as school meetings, doctor's appointments and children's activities.
on the list of "Best Companies for Hourly Workers” is a testament to the
dedication of Valassis’ hourly associates, the passion they have for the work
they do and their continued efforts to change to meet the rapidly changing
needs of the industry, said Valassis COO Ron Goolsby, who
oversees the company's manufacturing operations, client services, strategic
sourcing and information technology areas, where a majority of the company’s 3,000 hourly
associates and leaders work together to achieve flexibility between business
and family needs,” Goolsby said. "I am very proud of our ability to balance
these factors and create a positive overall career environment important to all
of our associates, especially working mothers.”
The other organizations recognized were Best Buy
Co., Bon Secours Virginia, Capital One Financial Corporation, Cricket
Communications, Hilton Worldwide, Marriott International Inc., Sodexo, University
of New Mexico Hospitals and University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics.