17 prudential Financial Inc. Womenin IT:35% Minorities inIT: 31%
at this Newark, N. J.-based life insurer,
more than 70% of It employees telecom-mute, work part time or have compressed
workweeks. The IT organization leads the way
in making these flexible work arrangements
happen, by developing new BlackBerry applications and supporting iPad, iPhone and Android
mobile devices so employees can access their
Prudential email and calendars anywhere.
a connection to the company’s mission gives its It
employees a sense of purpose. By Ken Gagné
18 southern Co. IT turnover: 4% IT promotions: 8% Communication keeps the
wheels turning at this atlanta-based energy
firm. CIO Becky Blalock and her leadership
team hold weekly conference calls and monthly
meetings in person or by videoconference.
Following each meeting, notes are shared with all
IT employees. On the company’s social networking tool, Yammer, IT’s employee council created
the Shout IT group, where employees are recognized by co-workers for going above and beyond
their regular duties.
19 texas Health resources Inc. No.6forretention, No. 6for careerdevelopment
It’s all about balance at this nonprofit
healthcare system in arlington, texas. IT
employees are able to achieve work/life balance by creating flexible schedules, teleworking,
using the employee assistance program, and
taking paid time off to volunteer in their communities. To support teleworking, the I T group
has embraced the guiding principles that virtual
teams will be the norm and that they will conduct meetings virtually when possible.
Medtronic’s world headquarters in Minneapolis features an on-site health club and bank.
PHOTO COURTESY OF MEDTRONIC
Medtronic may be the word’s largest medical technology company, but it’s a business
with a heart. Zeeshan Tariq, director of global IT program and project management, joined
Medtronic after moving from Silicon Valley to Minnesota in 1999. He planned on staying for two
years but says he “fell in love with the company. [Medtronic] is an organization where people
truly are connected with the mission” of contributing to human welfare.
nowhere is that connection felt more strongly than with the beneficiaries of Medtronic technology. The Minneapolis-based company hosts an annual holiday event in which patients share
stories about how Medtronic has impacted their lives, giving employees a sense of the significance of their work to their clients.
“It’s almost like a family away from your family,” says Tariq. “[Medtronic makes] you feel connected to this greater purpose of helping people improve their lives.”
20 lehigh Valley Health Network No. 7forcareer development
employees learn how to grow their careers
at this health services group in allentown,
pa. The IT department’s internal promotions
have hit double-digit percentages for many
years. The philosophy is to bring in most new
hires at lower-level positions and allow them to
develop within the culture while current staffers
are groomed for new and bigger opportunities.
Of the 35 managers currently in the IT department, 27 started in nonmanagement posts and
worked their way up through the ranks.
21 ohioHealth No. 9 for benefits It employees at this re- gional healthcare system
in Columbus have a chance to work with
the latest mobile communications and tele-medicine technologies. The IT team manages
ORBMobile, an application that provides physicians with lab, imaging and other clinical results
on their smartphones, and a Stroke Network
that links physicians and nurses in rural hospitals with critical-care nurses and neurologists in
Columbus for timely diagnosis and treatment.
22 palmetto Health WomeninIT:48% MinoritiesinIT:21% money talks at this not-for-profit healthcare system in Columbia,
s.C., where It staffers are rewarded for their
hard work through pay increases and promotions. Within the past year, the IT department
has promoted 11 employees. The company also
has several nontraditional employee recognition initiatives. For example, company leaders
acknowledge employees’ outstanding performances with handwritten thank-you notes.