Colorado's Best Companies 2006: 2nd Place, Medium Business Category (100-499 employees)





• 20 days of paid time off after one year of employment.

• Flexible work arrangements including part-time, flextime, telecommuting and job-sharing.

• Discounts for childcare.

• Tuition reimbursement up to $5,250 a year.

• Adoption reimbursement of $5,000.

When it comes to employee tenure, the Allstate Insurance Company’s West Central Region office in
Englewood likely can claim bragging rights. Of the office’s 116 staff, nearly a third have logged 20 or more years for Allstate, the nation’s largest publicly held lines insurer.

The company commitment undoubtedly is a reflection of the insurer’s holistic approach to its employees. Here, says Field Vice President Jeff Kaufman, employees are viewed not as one-dimensional workers but rather as people who have a life outside of work.

To help its employees balance the demands of work and life, Allstate offers a variety of programs including flexible work schedules, childcare discounts and an extensive employee assistance program, and it gives employees an infant car seat for each child free of charge. Rather than vacation and sick leave, the company uses a Paid Time Off program that provides 20 days after one year of employment.

Allstate, whose well-known slogan is “You’re in Good Hands with Allstate®,” also offers tuition reimbursement, and its commitment to the community is evidenced through its Allstate Foundation, which provided $85,000 to Colorado nonprofits last year. The company additionally conducts an annual employee giving campaign in which it donates 15 percent to a charity on behalf of the employee and also matches 5 percent of an employee’s donation to United Way.

Lest employees forget about their world outside of work, Kaufman uses his leadership role to provide gentle reminders, such as his December holiday email to staff stressing the importance of gratitude and sharing his own personal list, and his Memorial Day message encouraging employees to remember not only those who have died, but also the living.

“If you can view your employees as family, you get a level of support, kindness and special energy. Our culture creates a work-family balance,” Kaufman says.