We are excited to announce that McGladrey was recently selected for the fifth time by the Working Mother 100 Best Companies as one of the nation’s leading 100 companies for family-friendly benefits. 2011 Working Mother 100 Best Companies highlights the top companies who are paving the way for new moms and families everywhere. Demonstrating the power of change and their unwavering commitment to parents nationwide, 100 percent of this year’s winning companies offer flextime hours, telecommuting, paid maternity leave and employee assistance programs.
“At McGladrey, we strive to build strong partnerships through genuine understanding,” said Joe Adams, managing partner and CEO for McGladrey & Pullen, LLP. “Our firms’ ability to care for clients’ needs begins with our ability to care for our employees’ needs. Living in an increasingly fast-paced world, we understand the necessity of flexible work schedules, and believe this approach contributes to our ability to provide clients with exceptional service, which leads to their success.”
McGladrey offers family-oriented benefits, among them adoption, paternity, college savings plan, wellness, Coach-on-Call, and flexibility, earning numerous honors, including placement on Flex-Friendly’s list of Certified Flex-Friendly companies for the second year in a row. McGladrey was also recently named one of America’s Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces by Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and honored with the 2011 Alfred P Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility.
“McGladrey, a five-time honoree on Working Mother’s 100 Best Companies list, is honored again this year for offering family-friendly benefits and strong work-life flexibility programs,” said Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media. “We applaud their efforts in creating conducive work environments where every employee can succeed.”
In conjunction with being named to the leading 100 companies list, RSM McGladrey’s Nicole Gingerich, who works out of the firms’ Peoria office, was recognized as the firms’ “Working Mother of the Year.” Gingerich uses the firms’ workplace flexibility benefit to care for her six-year-old daughter, while still meeting and exceeding client needs. (Read her story below)
“We’re honored to have achieved this recognition again, and to recognize one of our own employees as this year’s Working Mother of the Year,” said C.E. Andrews, president for RSM McGladrey. “The recognition shows that the focus we’ve placed on meeting employees’ individual needs results in their increased dedication to exceeding client expectations.”
Profiles of Working Mother’s 100 Best Companies can be found in the October issue of Working Mother and on their website.
Meet McGladrey’s Working Mother of the Year
Diagnosed with systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at 18 months, Nicole’s daughter, Madelyne, is normally a bundle of fun and energy. The six-year-old loves to play dress up and throw Mom, a.k.a. the queen, into the imaginary dungeon. Simba, her Pomeranian pup, is the apple of her eye. But this little girl has endured more medical poking and prodding than most experience in a lifetime. Her mom has been there for her every step of the way.
At work, Nicole supports four partners and two directors, works on special projects and performs database administration for a team of 40 users. When Madelyne’s condition flares, Nicole must drop whatever she’s doing and switch to mom-mode. Nicole’s flexible work option and tips she learned from McGladrey’s Coach-on-Call program help her navigate whatever comes her way.
It really helps, she says, that she works with an awesome group that’s very in tune to what’s going on with each other. “When something comes up with Madelyne, my team steps in and says ‘what can I do while you’re gone?’ There’s never any worry when any of us has to be away from work because of our close team approach.”
It hasn’t always been that way for Nicole. Before joining McGladrey three years ago, she was anxious when her family obligations collided with work. “It was stressful. I was always worried that my employer was angry when I had to leave for Madelyne,” she recalls. “Here, it’s been wonderful. The partners are very supportive and I really appreciate the flexibility I have. I can work from home when necessary and I’m able to take the time I need to talk with the doctors and drug companies when making the tough decisions my daughter’s condition requires.”
Nicole’s team members know she’s also there for them. “Despite her ongoing challenges, Nicole inspires us by giving back and paying forward at every opportunity, and that keeps our team strong,” says Barb Fletcher, Accounting Industry Services group-Peoria. “With her own generosity of time, energy and finances, she’s always there to offer help when she sees another in need.” Barb nominated Nicole for Working Mother of the Year.
Congratulations, Nicole! Yours is just one example of how McGladrey’s WorkLife benefits help to make a difference in the lives of our employees.