Valassis Once Again Named 'Best Company for Hourly Workers' by Working Mother
Company Expands Flexibility Program
LIVONIA, Mich., April 2, 2013
LIVONIA, Mich., April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Valassis (NYSE: VCI), a leader
in intelligent media delivery, announced today its inclusion on Working
Mother magazine's esteemed list of the "Best Companies for Hourly Workers" for
the third consecutive year. The award recognizes employers with the best
policies and programs for promoting women and a dynamic work/life culture.
Valassis is one of only 12 companies that made the list in 2013, and one of
two companies based in Michigan, where Valassis is headquartered.
For 27 years, Working Mother has spotlighted best practices and honored
companies that are dedicated to supporting their hourly workers. They score
companies on policies and programs meant to help hourly workers succeed and
advance, including health benefits, employee assistance programs, paid leave,
training and flexibility.
At Valassis, numerous work schedules exist to meet business needs while also
offering opportunities for family time, recognizing the importance of
work/life balance. Valassis' culture also enables associates to take care of
family needs such as school meetings, doctor's appointments and children's
"Our associates give their all to our business and Valassis, in turn, strives
to provide a great total rewards experience for them," said Leslie Lenser,
Valassis Senior Vice President of Human Resources. "We also provide
flexibility in the workplace whether is it through our expanded program with a
focus on work from home or to accommodate special needs as they arise."
Jill Canada, an hourly Valassis associate in Deer Park, Texas, experienced
firsthand the company's culture of flexibility when she learned in February
2012 that she was pregnant with twins. With the excitement came a bit of worry
when she learned her high-risk pregnancy would require weekly doctor
appointments until she delivered and that she would need to spend her last
trimester on bed rest.
"Upon hearing my news, my supervisor congratulated me with smiles and hugs and
simply told me not to worry," Canada said. "I was told my position was secure
no matter how many doctors' appointments I had or how much time I needed to
take off. Additionally, after returning from maternity leave, Canada modified
her hours and works from home two days a week. "This has given me an extra
hour each night with my babies, savings on gas, as well as all the added
benefits working from home brings. I feel very blessed to work for a company
with such integrity and heart for their associates. Valassis has become an
extension of my family and for that I am grateful."
In 2012, Valassis expanded and formalized its workplace flexibility with a
focus on meeting both business and individual needs. The program includes
part-time schedules, flexible hours, and work from home or job sharing, to
name a few options. This move toward increased flexibility has come at a time
when some companies have made news for tightening their work-from-home
In addition to flexible schedules, Valassis also provides a host of convenient
services with a focus on a culture where work/life balance is encouraged.
Among these amenities are onsite workout facilities and discounts, health
fairs/flu shots, dry cleaning, postal services and discount tickets, to name a
The Best Companies List includes:
Best Buy Richfield, Minn.
Bon Secours Virginia Richmond, Va.
Capital One Financial McLean, Va.
General Motors Detroit, Mich.
Hilton Worldwide McLean, Va.
Marriott International Bethesda, Md.
Mercy Health System Janesville, Wis.
Sodexo Gaithersburg, Md.
University of New Mexico Hospitals Albuquerque, N.M.
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Madison, Wis.
Valassis Livonia, Mich.
WellStar Health System Marietta, Ga.
Companies will be featured in the April/May 2013 issue of Working Mother and
Valassis (NYSE: VCI) is a leader in intelligent media delivery, providing over
15,000 advertisers proven and innovative media solutions to influence
consumers wherever they plan, shop, buy and share. By integrating online and
offline data combined with powerful insights, Valassis precisely targets its
clients' most valuable shoppers, offering unparalleled reach and scale.
Valassis subsidiaries include Brand.net, a Valassis Digital Company, and NCH
Marketing Services, Inc. Valassis consumer brands include RedPlum® and
save.com. Its signature Have You Seen Me?® program delivers hope to missing
children and their families. To learn more, visit Valassis.com.
Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-looking Statements
This document contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking
statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors
which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be
materially different from any future results, performance or achievements
expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include,
among others, the following: price competition from our existing competitors;
new competitors in any of our businesses; possible consolidation in our client
base, a significant decrease in the number of stores in our in-store retailer
network or a shift in client preferences for different promotional materials,
strategies or coupon delivery methods, including, without limitation, as a
result of declines in newspaper circulation and/or increased competition from
new media formats including digital; an unforeseen increase in paper or postal
costs; changes which affect the businesses of our clients and lead to reduced
sales promotion spending, including, without limitation, a decrease of
marketing budgets which are generally discretionary in nature and easier to
reduce in the short-term than other expenses; our substantial indebtedness,
and ability to refinance such indebtedness, if necessary, and our ability to
incur additional indebtedness, may affect our financial health; the financial
condition, including bankruptcies, of our clients, suppliers, senior secured
credit facility lenders or other counterparties; certain covenants in our debt
documents could adversely restrict our financial and operating flexibility;
fluctuations in the amount, timing, pages, weight and kinds of advertising
pieces from period to period, due to a change in our clients' promotional
needs, inventories and other factors, including, without limitation, high
levels of coupon redemption rates; our failure to attract and retain qualified
personnel may affect our business and results of operations; a rise in
interest rates could increase our borrowing costs; governmental regulation or
litigation affecting aspects of our business, including laws and regulations
related to the internet, internet-related technologies and activities, privacy
and data security; potential security measure breaches or attacks; clients
experiencing financial difficulties, or otherwise being unable to meet their
obligations as they become due, could affect our results of operations and
financial condition; uncertainty in the application and interpretation of
applicable state sales tax laws may expose us to additional sales tax
liability; a reduction in, or discontinuance of, dividend payments or stock
repurchases; and general economic conditions, whether nationally,
internationally, or in the market areas in which we conduct our business,
including the adverse impact of the ongoing economic downturn on the marketing
expenditures and activities of our clients and prospective clients as well as
our vendors, with whom we rely on to provide us with quality materials at the
right prices and in a timely manner. These and other risks and uncertainties
related to our business are described in greater detail in our filings with
the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including our reports on
Forms 10-K and 10-Q and the foregoing information should be read in
conjunction with these filings. We disclaim any intention or obligation to
update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise.
Contact: Mary Broaddus, Director, Investor Relations and Corporate
Communications, 734-591-7375, email@example.com
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