Upper Saddle River, NJ . - For the eighth consecutive year, Pearson, the world's leading educational publisher (NYSE: PSO), was named today to Working Mother magazine's prestigious list of "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers." This annual list cites corporations that recognize the value of meeting the needs of working families.
Eldercare may replace childcare as the biggest dependent care need.
"When it comes to benefits - health, retirement and work/life balance - Pearson is taking a long-term view," said Christine Trum, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Pearson. Working mothers are not only interested in childcare benefits - "these women are dealing with issues as diverse as our workforce from diet and nutrition, to legal situations, to caring for an elderly parent," Ms. Trum continued.
Each day 6,000 Americans turn 65 and eldercare is quickly replacing childcare as the biggest dependent care need. To support this growing need evidenced in a recent employee survey, Pearson's Backup Care Connection offers emergency placement or in-home care for both children and elderly adults. Another innovative program, Prepare to Care, helps employees plan and cope with eldercare issues by working privately with a geriatric professional who is conveniently available on-site or by phone.
"It's just as important to help our employees take care of themselves so that they can be productive and healthy long-term for their careers and for their families," stated Trum. "We offer a comprehensive set of programs including Weight Watchers Online and healthy aging workshops."
"Being recognized for the eighth time by Working Mother is an honor," Ms. Trum concluded. "Clearly, working mothers benefit from the programs we provide, but what is most gratifying is the fact that Pearson offers flexible programs diverse enough to benefit all our employees."
Pearson (NYSE: PSO) is an international media and education company. Its three major businesses are: Pearson Education, the global leader in transforming education through personalized learning in print and digital formats; The Financial Times Group, an international network of business and financial newspapers and online services that are read by millions of business executives and investors every day; and Penguin Group, one of the pre-eminent names in consumer publishing with an unrivalled range of fiction and non-fiction, bestsellers, and classic titles. For more information, visit www.pearson.com.
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