Working Mother magazine has named Scripps Health to its 2010 list of America’s 100 Best Companies for its family-friendly policies, which include diverse benefits and work/life balance. The selection will be published in the upcoming October issue of Working Mother. Scripps has been included on the Working Mother list for six consecutive years.
Working Mother cited Scripps for establishing a work environment that is attractive to all women, particularly working mothers, with policies such as job sharing, child care, telecommuting and flextime. Scripps allows its female workforce—78 percent of the employee population—to adjust job responsibilities as family needs change.
Lisa Thakur is a mother, volunteer and vice president of operations for Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. At the beginning of each school year, she schedules dates to volunteer at her child’s school. These commitments are honored by colleagues and meetings are planned to meet Thakur’s schedule.
“With two school-aged children, it’s important that I have flexibility in my work schedule so I can volunteer and attend school functions,” said Thakur. “Work/life balance benefits provided by Scripps allow me to enjoy being a mother, volunteer and employee.”
Scripps regularly achieves high marks for employee satisfaction. In a survey earlier this year, the vast majority of Scripps’ employees – 88 percent – agreed that Scripps is a great place to work. In January, Scripps was named to FORTUNE magazine’s list of America’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, marking the third consecutive year the health care provider has received this prestigious national ranking.
Vic Buzachero, corporate senior vice president of innovation, human resources and performance management, explains Scripps considers the full life cycle of employees and solicits input before designing benefits packages.
“We have a diverse workforce so our approach is to offer employees a wide range of benefits to choose from, to help them through the various cycles of their lives and careers,” said Buzachero.
A satisfied workforce also has improved Scripps’ employee retention. The turnover rate for part-time and full-time employees is 7 percent, and Scripps’ turnover rate for nurses – one of health care’s most competitive employment sectors – stands at 7 percent, well below California industry standards.
“By responding to employees’ needs we allow them to grow within Scripps, and our patients benefit through the care and compassion of our talented staff,” said Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health. “Together, we are improving quality of patient care and making Scripps an award-winning place to work.”