University of New Mexico Hospitals (UNMH) has again been named to Working Mother's second annual list of Best Companies for Hourly Workers. The only initiative of its kind, Best Companies for Hourly Workers celebrates businesses working steadfastly to provide family-friendly benefits that promote health/wellness, education, flexibility and work-life balance.

Best Companies for Hourly Workers honorees must have a minimum of 50 percent hourly workers in order to submit their data for this distinction.This is the second time UNM Hospitals has been named to this prestigious list.

"For the second year, Working Mother's Best Companies for Hourly Workers honors corporations who develop talent and support a historically marginalized portion of the U.S. workforce," said Carol Evans, President, Working Mother Media. "Promoting employees from hourly workers to management to executive is a hallmark of these winning companies. In an era of economic stress and budget cuts, these companies are proactively working to ensure the future productivity of U.S. businesses and to bolster the economy as a whole."

With nearly half the U.S. workforce — 73 million Americans — punching in and out as hourly employees every day, organizations such as UNM Hospitals are finding a competitive edge when they support hourly workers. UNMH and 100 percent of this year's Best Companies for Hourly Workers winners offer benefits such as healthcare coverage, tuition reimbursement to workers pursuing degrees and paid job skills training during working hours.

"We're honored to again be named to the Working Mother list," says UNM Hospitals CEO Steve McKernan, "because it recognizes our hourly employees as an integral part of our 24/7 workforce. Coworkers at UNM Hospitals are the greatest asset in providing our community with accessible, quality healthcare."

The winners will be detailed in Working Mother's May issue at Working Mother Best Companies and on iPad (search: working mother).