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Do Shareholders Gain from Employees' Satisfaction?

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Working Mother Magazine unveiled Thursday its list of the 100 Best Companiesthat support working families.  As more companies realize the benefits of employees' satisfaction, do shareholders gain from it?

Among this year's findings, the survey reveals working moms rank flexible-work schedules as the most desirable benefit, higher than compensation or paid days off.

"The Working Mother 100 Best Companies allow employees to flex their day, their week, their year and their career," said Carol Evans, President of Working Mother Media. "And these companies are benefitting in so many ways. Not only do they enhance loyalty and dedication among their employees with children, but their entire workforce has a high level of readiness and adaptability when disasters strike."

While employee satisfaction is not the only factor affecting the performance of a company's stock, many investors look at this metric for clues related to productivity, customer service and other variables directly influencing brand loyalty and customer satisfaction -- factors which ultimately generate sales and revenue.

Of the 100 companies that made this year's list, gathered the ones that are publicly traded and ranked them by their performance so far in 2011.  Here is a look at some of the stocks that have managed to outperform the S&P 500, which is down about 4 percent year-to-date.

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