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Monday, September 25, 2006
  First Horizon Hadn't been able to blog today because of ... you guessed it ... blogger issues. All day. Anyway, First Horizon National Corp., Memphis, Tenn. has joined the best companies for working moms. Nope, no other Tennessee companies made it, just First Horizon.
Working Mother magazine released its annual list of the top 100 places to work, with its chief executive touting an improvement in mother-friendly benefits in corporate America. Working Mother CEO Carol Evans, who authored the book "This Is How We Do It: The Working Mothers' Manifesto," said that in order to retain female employees, a growing number of companies are offering customized schedules.
So there you go. They also made the list of 100 companies to work by Forbes magazine. Go figure. I think customized schedules are great, but sometimes people don't get it. If you make your staff comfortable, they tend to be more loyal. Or maybe that's just me. 
What about Dads with kids? :)

I think it's great a company can do that. Really, it's pretty wonderful, and it's a great opportunity for women.

I don't think it's something that EVERY company can do, though. Probably, it's not because they're "mean" or "insensitive" or even that massage word (:D). It's because some businesses don't lend themselves well to that kind of flexibility.

I used to think that working 4-10's was a great idea for American business, but I realize that it would only mean that businesses would be more likely to run 5-10's as a rule instead of 5-8's.
We agree.
For me, it is more about a company offering flexibility to their work schedule. If you notice this company has several times been noted as one of the top companies in the country to work for. This was the latest story on them, but they seem to want to make themselves lucrative for people to want to work for them and stay with them.
Not many companies do this.
Businesses don't genearlly see people as lucrative assets. If they DID, it would put them in a poor position to negotiate salary. Sad, but true.

If you view people as valuable, generally, they get the point and ask for more money.

Having a good working environment is another way to keep good people WITHOUT paying them extra money. Think about this. Would most people in corporate America take a little less money and a little less opportunity to have a more friendly and, dare I say, "secure" working environment? I would have for years. Fortunately, while my job is a daily life and limb risk, it's pretty friendly all around other than that. LOL! Funny . . . the job's benefits are actually worth risking my life for to be employed there. Go figure.
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