Focusing on employees – "our most valuable asset," according to SAS CEO Jim Goodnight – leads to a more dedicated, productive work force.
The SAS culture is based on trust, flexibility and values. The company has been recognized for its culture, which encourages creativity and innovation while helping employees balance work and life. SAS believes happy, healthy employees are productive employees. The company offers a wide range of benefits to reduce stress and distraction, letting employees focus on their work. This approach creates an environment that integrates company values with employee needs.
SAS believes that a great workplace is not only critical for employees but also for the business. SAS’ innovative culture is represented in every customer engagement and contributes to the company’s continuous revenue growth.
Trust in employees
At SAS, employee-manager relationships are built on trust. This trust empowers employees– in all levels and divisions – to feel worthy and exceed expectations. These relationships can be found throughout the company, from landscaping and food service to research and development.
Driven by customer success
At SAS, the customer is an integral part of the creative process. Each employee appreciates their impact on customers. Whether it’s maintaining a beautiful campus or creating a new product that surpasses customer goals, all employees make a difference and contribute to SAS’ accomplishments. To help inspire employee creativity and innovation, the company cultivates an aesthetically pleasing environment. For example, SAS holds a plentiful art collection worldwide for customers and employees to appreciate – and readily tap into creative impulses.
Recognition and Impact
As a result of the commitment to maintaining a great company culture, SAS Belgium, SAS Norway, SAS Sweden and SAS United States were all named No. 1 in their countries on the Best Companies to Work For list by the Great Place to Work Institute. Additionally, SAS offices in nine other countries have been recognized for their workplace cultures in 2010. The company is also committed to corporate social responsibility, as evidenced by its environmental, employee and education efforts year after year. SAS’ much-lauded workplace culture is a model for many companies and a source of great pride for all who are part of it. It’s also the source of success. SAS’ ability to attract and keep exceptionally creative and collaborative employees is directly connected to the company’s bottom line. More than a loyal, dedicated work force, they’re the driving force behind SAS’ consistent revenue growth, profitability and expanding product and solutions line since its inception in 1976.