The founder of the SAS Institute in NC often says that his business assets all drive through the gates at 5pm each night. He has created a sort of work Utopia:
- Employees can visit their kids during the day at the on site day care centers. Two of the Cary office`s 20 buildings are child care facilities, and the workers within are SAS employees, not outside contractors. The company flips 75% of the bill.
- The headquarters is a beautiful, 100 acre park-like setting with a 6 acre lake (boating encouraged).
- All employees are entitled to benefits, from the landscape crew to the security guards.
- Award-winning two-level cafeteria that features a piano player.
- On site Health Center provides everything from check ups to emergency surgery.
- Fitness center with 3 raquetball courts, 2 basketball, weight training, steam room, pool table and juice bar. Also on-site, 3 tennis courts(with lights), 2 mile running trail, and a softball field. A laundry bag is provided in the locker room and gym clothes are laundered and returned to your locker within 24 hours.
- Intramural Leagues.
- Lots of on site training.
- Profit-sharing bonuses.
- Family Atmosphere.
- No corporate politics.
Microsoft (in my backyard) used to have a lot of perks for their workers too such as fridges full of free soda. When the stock market crash hit, the freebies at MS disappeared and 6 years later, I still have friends grumbling about that. Yet, SAS retained it`s culture and has rejected cries that is should go public.
Do you think most businesses do enough for the morale of their employees? Personally, I think those things have fallen by the wayside. It seems unusual to find a business that creates long-term loyalty by treating their employees like human beings with lives outside of the office. Most of them treat their employees like temporary wage-slaves.
What makes a GREAT corporate culture that inspires the best from employees?