Intro: A state of the art gym, masseuse, car detailer, pool tables, golf course, tennis courts, and day-care all at work…I wouldn’t complain. The software company SAS knows how to treat its employees. Rated #1 best company to work for in 2010 and 2011 by Forbes, SAS wants its employees to be happy, healthy, and the most productive that they can be (Kaplan). To achieve this, the SAS campus in Cary, North Carolina, offers a vast array of amenities to its employees, from an on-site doctors office to a work-life center that helps employees manage financial debt and home life. The company emphasizes an environment that fosters creativity. To aid this, SAS implements many tactics, including a no dress code policy and encouragement to use the many facilities at any time during the day. CEO Jim Goodnight has the right idea when taking into account his employees and SAS boasts the fact that it has never laid off an employee. One employee even remarks that he would not leave SAS even if someone offered him double his salary (World’s Best Employer). In addition to treating its employees right, SAS is also committed to making the world a greener, more sustainable place to live in. Overall, SAS spends millions each year to keep its employees happy and productive.
After attempting to narrow down my previous White Paper topic (climate change), I’ve decided to shift my focus entirely and delve deeper into issues surrounding the work-life balance.
When it comes to matters that affect this balance, the U.S. is far behind the majority of wealthy nations, and even some middle- and low-income nations. According to a study by McGill University’s Institute for Health and Social Policy, the U.S. falls shortest in of leaves for childbearing, support for breast feeding, work hours, and leaves for illness or family care.
A state of the art gym, masseuse, car detailer, pool tables, gold court, and day-care all at work…I wouldn’t complain. The software company SAS knows how to treat their employees. Watch this 60 Minutes video with my favorite interviewer, Morley Safer, on SAS:
While searching through the “freshly pressed” section, I came across a very interesting blog about American manufacturing. The blog is titled simplyamericadotnet and it reviews the current situation with jobs in the manufacturing sector of the US economy. The most recent post is about how there are many manufacturing jobs available right now, but not enough certified people to fill them. Although this is currently the case, larger numbers of Americans are completing certifications required for these jobs. The author thinks there are several reasons why people don’t consider manufacturing jobs while searching for employment. These have to do with the stereotypes associated with college degrees and which jobs pay well. The majority of his other posts are also focused on American manufacturing, as he is currently writing a book about creating jobs in the US manufacturing sector called, “Simply Life.”