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MetLife One of 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers

Submitted by: MetLife Foundation

Categories: Human Resources & Diversity1

Posted: Sep 05, 2000 – 12:00 AM EST


Second Consecutive Year MetLife Has Received This Honor

Sep. 05 /CSRwire/ - Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife) has been named one of the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers by Working Mother magazine for the second consecutive year.

Working Mother selected 2000's 100 Best Companies based on criteria such as child care, leave for new parents, flexible work arrangements, work/life benefits such as elder care, and opportunities for women to advance. Editors looked at a range of supportive company offerings, including health insurance premiums, availability of time off to care for family, mentoring programs and extras such as on-site gyms and other conveniences.

"We are honored to be recognized by Working Mother magazine for our efforts to provide an atmosphere that encourages our employees to balance their professional and personal lives, and to have created a family-friendly workplace that supports our associates," said Lisa M. Weber, MetLife’s Executive Vice President of Human Resources.

MetLife policies and programs provide employees with a variety of work arrangements available at all locations, including flexible hours, part time work, compressed work weeks and telecommuting options, depending on business conditions.

"When Working Mother magazine started the '100 Best' list in 1986, editors were hard-pressed to find more than 30 companies that qualified," says Lisa Benenson, Editor In Chief, Working Mother magazine, explaining how this year’s honorees for the annual list were chosen. "This year, however, the competition was tougher than ever before. It was not enough for a company to build a small childcare center at the home office; to make this year’s list, the company had to demonstrate that a significant number of employees company-wide were receiving benefits. In other words, businesses had to be more creative and proactive in finding ways to accommodate their employees’ work/life needs. For this, their commitment and ingenuity is to be commended."

A complete report of Working Mother’s 2000 "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" can be found in the October issue of Working Mother and on its Web site www.workingmother.com.

Working Mother Magazine, founded in 1979, reaches more than 3 million readers each month, and is the only national business magazine written for executive and entrepreneurial mothers. It is part of Working Woman Network, a leading global resource for businesswomen in today’s digital economy, which also includes Working Woman magazine, the National Association for Female Executives, a conference division, Businesswomen’s Research Institute and The Business Women’s Network. In August 2000, WWN launched WorkingWoman.com, the first online resource center exclusively for women in business.

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, a subsidiary of MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), is a leading provider of insurance and other financial services to individual and group customers. The MetLife companies serve approximately nine million individual households in the U.S. and companies and institutions with 33 million employees and members. MetLife also has international insurance operations in 11 countries. For more information about MetLife, please visit the company's Web site at www.metlife.com.

For more information, please contact:

Jennie Morgan Metlife
Phone: (212) 578-5527


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