MINNEAPOLIS – Sept. 24, 2019 – Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life®) announced today that it was named to Working Mother’s 100 Best Companies list for 2019. The company, one of only two Minnesota companies on the list, was recognized for its progressive initiatives to support parents, such as: flexible work schedules, on-site child development center, employee critical need support, and its caregiver support program. This is the sixth consecutive year that Allianz Life has made the list.
“Creating a supportive and flexible environment for our employees is essential for retaining and recruiting talent, but it’s particularly critical for parents,” said Jenny Guldseth, chief human resources officer, Allianz Life. “Our goal is to provide resources and benefits to help them think, feel and be their best both at home and in the office.”
Allianz Life continues to build on its programs to support its employees and recently enhanced its paid family leave to better meet the needs of employees who need to take time off to care for a child, parent or spouse. The company also recently increased its paid leave benefits for adoptive parents.
In addition, the company provides various benefits for employees designed to support their physical, mental and financial health including an on-site fitness center, easy access to preventive health care and planning resources to support financial fitness.
Working Mother of the Year
In conjunction with the 100 Best Companies award, Allianz Life nominated one of its own employees to be recognized as a Working Mother of the Year. This year, Valerie Felsch, senior operations relationship manager, was named the Allianz Life 2019 Working Mother of the Year.
Valerie was recognized for her commitment as a single parent to her two daughters, ages 19 and 17, while still going above and beyond in her role at work. She supports her eldest daughter who started college in the last year, and her younger daughter with school, work and other activities. In addition, her family recently opened their home to a Swedish foreign exchange student who needed a local family to live with.
About The Methodology
The 2019 Working Mother 100 Best Companies application includes more than 400 questions on leave policies, workforce representation, benefits, childcare, advancement programs, flexibility policies and more. It surveys the availability and usage of these programs, as well as the accountability of the many managers who oversee them. All applicants receive feedback showing how they compare with other applicants; however, the names of applicants that do not make the list are kept confidential. Company profiles and data come from submitted applications and reflect 2018 data.
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