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Best Buy, PetSmart among best companies for hourly workers

Posted on April 5th, 2012 Read time: 1 minutes

Contract workers looking for hourly positions should consider a recent survey conducted by Working Mother magazine's Working Mother Research Institute, which broke down the best companies for hourly workers in 2012.

The results were based off of benefits provided to workers, such as best policies and programs for promotion, as well as dynamic life culture, rewards and flexible arrangements.

Among the 12 businesses that made the list were Best Buy, Capital One, Hilton, Marriott, Target, PetSmart and Sodexo.

"This year's Best Companies exemplify best-practices workplaces and cultures to help female hourly workers thrive," said Jennifer Owens, editorial director of Working Mother Media. "Most of the companies use the 70-20-10 rule: Focus 70 percent of your time on getting on-the-job experience, 20 percent on developing internal relationships and networks and 10 percent on formal training."

Specifically, the amount of winning companies that provided formal compensation policies that rewarded managers who help hourly employees advance nearly tripled from 25 percent to 67 percent over the past year. What's more, nine of the 12 companies offered mentoring, career counseling and vocational skills training.

Also, 100 percent of companies offered flexible work arrangements, and 73 percent of their workers used them – up from 68 percent last year.

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