Three local businesses were awarded the Alamance County Family Friendly Employers award at the third annual recognition luncheon on Tuesday.
The event was hosted by the Alamance Partnership for Children, the Alamance County Human Resource Association and the Alamance County Area Chamber of Commerce and took place at The Cutting Board in Burlington.
The Continental Ticking Corporation of American won for the smaller business category (less than 100 employees), Manpower won for the medium business category (100 to 500 employees), and Alamance Regional Medical Center won for the large business category (over 500 employees).
“It’s absolutely wonderful,” Mandy Eaton, director of HR, Training & Development at Alamance Regional Medical Center, said. “It’s absolutely wonderful to work with a company that has so many great ideas.”
“It’s really a great honor,” said Lisha Akers, branch manager at Manpower in Burlington. In a press release from the Alamance County Partnership for Children on Tuesday, Akers explained her joy at working for a family friendly company.
“They have great health insurance and other benefits, but one of the best benefits is their attitude regarding balance between family and work,” she said. “Some of my staff members have been with me more than a decade. That says something about our company.”
Also recognized in the small business category was the Burlington Housing Authority. Recognized in the medium business category were Copland Fabrics, Liggett Group, TAPCO Underwriters, Acucote, and Carolina Biological Supply. Also recognized in the large business category were Wachovia, LabCorp and Elon University.
Cindy Watkins, executive director of Alamance Partnership for Children, began the award recognition three years ago with the help of Brian Allen, former president of the Alamance County Human Resource Association.
Businesses who qualify as a family friendly employer are evaluated in categories such as family and dependent care, work schedule flexibility, family health and wellness, financial and educational assistance and community involvement.
Some programs this year’s honorees and winners offer include inclement weather child care, flexible work schedules, gym memberships, child care assistance, and scholarships for dependents.