SAS Institute is again Norway’s Best Place to Work
Selected by Great Place to Work Institute®
OSLO (Mar. 10, 2010) – SAS Institute is once again ranked as Norway’s Best Place to Work by the Great Place to Work Institute®. High job satisfaction is a top priority for the software company, the global leader in Business Analytics and Business Intelligence.
“We are very proud of winning again this year. It’s especially gratifying knowing that our victory is based on feedback from our own employees,” says Country Manager Nils Stangnes.
SAS occupies a strong position in the history of the Great Place to Work program, both in Norway and internationally. This is the company’s third time participating in Norway, where it took first place in 2007 and second place for medium-sized businesses in 2009. This year’s ranking confirms SAS as among the very best Norwegian enterprises.
“SAS staff members appreciate our open and transparent culture,” continues Stangnes. “We have a fundamental belief that keeping employees engaged encourages commitment, loyalty and a great working environment. It’s peculiar that so few companies realize the value of providing staff members with insight and the opportunity to influence business strategy and results. Our trust in individual employees truly sets us apart from other companies.
"We adhere to a clear philosophy throughout the business," continues Stangnes. "If we treat our employees as if they make a difference to the company, they actually will make a difference. Our 34 consecutive years of growth prove that our approach is profitable. It’s a virtuous circle: committed employees make happy customers, and satisfaction generates fewer sick days, lower turnover and a higher quality – and quantity – of incoming job applications. In addition, it supports a work environment that is both challenging and fun to be part of.”
A good environment for great performance
“The balance between the demand for productivity and the efforts made on behalf of employees’ well-being is what makes SAS Norway’s Best Place to Work. It’s very motivating to work with such qualified colleagues and managers, who both challenge and encourage you. I know that my contribution is significant to the company,” says Senior Advisor Cathrine Pihl Næss. “I also appreciate the flexibility that makes it easier for me to balance my personal and professional life, since we also have an excellent social environment.”
A few examples of company benefits are flexible working hours, company health care, massages and meditation at work, a children’s room onsite, time off to care for elderly parents, free fruit and nuts, acafeteria, and a cabin in the mountains – as well as a wide selection of social activities. SAS believes that when employees are balanced, it will also enhance their performance at work.
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About Great Place to Work® Institute
The Great Place to Work Institute helps enterprises in all lines of business become better workplaces, and thus achieve business advantages and better results. Great Place to Work Institute has listened to employees and evaluated employers since 1980, helping to define what constitutes a good workplace.
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