Northwestern Memorial HealthCare Recognized for Outstanding Work-Life Program
By Megan McCannNews February 03, 2015
For the third consecutive year, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare has earned the WorldatWork’s Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP) Work-Life Seal of Distinction for work-life initiatives at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital and Northwestern Medical Group. This designation recognizes employers that support employees in achieving success both at work and at home through effective workplace strategies and practices. Northwestern Memorial HealthCare was among 77 organizations nationwide to earn the seal of distinction.
“This designation highlights the important workplace programs, policies and practices that support our working families,” said Dean L. Manheimer, senior vice president of human resources at Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. “Northwestern Medicine is committed to work-life initiatives and we strive to create a supportive work environment for our employees across our health system that allows for balance of professional and personal responsibilities.”
To receive the Work-Life Seal of Distinction, applicants were evaluated on the breadth and depth of their work-life portfolio and provided evidence of their support in seven areas spanning dependent care, health and wellness, workplace flexibility, financial support for economic security, paid and unpaid time off, community involvement and efforts to transform organizational culture.
Specific examples of work-life initiatives at Northwestern Memorial HealthCare include:
- Health and wellness programs
- Financial supports including a 401(k) with employer match, financial planning, tuition reimbursement, continuing education, and employee crisis assistance
- Support for working mothers including onsite new parenting classes; a robust maternity leave program; lactation rooms; and two state-of-the-art onsite child care centers
- Flexible work schedules
- Community involvement and volunteer opportunities