The following companies offer exceptional flextime benefits (companies are from Fortune magazine’s annual list of the Top 100 Companies to Work For):

* At Great Plains, a business software company in Fargo, N.D., where women compose half of the workforce, employees are offered laptops so they can telecommute and keys to company buildings so they can set their own hours.

At WRQ, a software maker in Seattle, 95 percent of employees take advantage of flextime hours.


* AFLAC, an insurer based in Georgia, opened an on-site childcare center that houses 280 children and grandchildren of employees. That’s not all. AFLAC’s employees can take up to 12 weeks at full pay to care for an ill spouse, child, or parent. Not surprisingly, women make up 70 percent of the workforce there. Johnson & Johnson and MBNA both offer six on-site day care centers for working mothers.

Other perks created to ease the employees’ burden: Hewitt reports that 42 percent of employers offer some type of on-site personal service, for example, ATMs (62 percent), banking (39 percent), travel