Wyndham Worldwide Voted Tops in Family Friendly Benefits

Wyndham Worldwide/Wyndham Vacation Ownership has been selected by the Working Mother 100 Best Companies initiative as one of the nation’s 2010 top companies for family-friendly benefits. With 70 % of mothers working, and women outnumbering men in the workplace for the first time in U.S. history, companies like Wyndham Worldwide have been instrumental in supporting their advancement.

“The immense influx of women into the workforce demands changes in workplace culture to address the unique needs of working mothers," said Carol Evans, President, Working Mother Media.

Out of the almost 17,000 Wyndham Worldwide employees, 54% are women. Other significant numbers include: Women on the Board of Directors: 29%; Women among senior managers and corporate executives: 42%; Women among the top earners: 48%.

“As a mother myself, I can personally attest to Wyndham Worldwide’s passion to make our company a great place for women, especially moms, to work and pursue their careers," said Mary Flavey, Executive Vice President and Chief HR Officer of Wyndham Worldwide. "Securing a spot on Working Mother’s list is particularly exciting for us because we continually look to introduce new programs, opportunities and resources for all of our associates."

One of the things that helped Wyndham Worldwide garner its place on the Working Mothers list is its formal flexible work program that was launched in 2009. Associates telecommute, compress their weeks or adjust their days around the core hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Another was the At-Home Agent program that allows customer service representatives for the timeshare group to work full-time from home. Research shows that their performance meets or exceeds that of their office bound peers.
To combat stress, moms can work out at a 6,300-square-foot fitness center at headquarters, which is open every day from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. And meditation, relaxation and prayer rooms at Wyndham Worldwide HQ help employees find peace.

Companies were selected for the 2010 Working Mother 100 Best Companies based on an extensive application with more than 600 questions on workforce, compensation, child care, flexibility programs, leave policies and more. Seven areas were measured and scored: workforce profile, benefits, women’s issues and advancement, child care, flexible work, parental leave and company culture. For this year’s 100 Best, particular weight was given to benefits, flexibility and parental leave.

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