The Working-to-Living Ratio

Matt McCready


The corporate world in today’s society is often viewed as a battleground with no ethical behavior, and one that requires constant effort.  It takes absolute commitment, as well as the willingness to make a number of sacrifices, to work your way up to the top of the corporate ladder.  It is viewed as an evil place where the higher-ups stick it to the little man.  Large corporations and big-time firms often have this stigma attached to them.  It is a depressing thought to know that working this way actually happens for some people.  There is, however, hope that the idea of sacrificing one’s self and time just for advancement is not the motto of every company.

Software analytics company SAS has taken on an approach that allows for their employees to take off any time they need without having to fret over their job security or progress for promotion.  Brandy Mann, a developer at SAS, gives her take on the environment that SAS provides their employees:  “’A place where you can take your infant on a stroller ride at lunch to give yourself a break and feel like you still get to have an active role in his day.  Managers who understand that if you have to leave early for a doctor’s appointment, you will log in at night to make up for your work’” (Jayson).  Brandy’s description shows how having the stress of corporate competition taken away can improve an employee’s work, as well as impacting their feelings towards their employer.  It helps to create a relationship that is beneficial to not only the employee, but the company itself.

SAS is a perfect example of what one could hope for as their working environment.  While it may not have the “Google Approach,” it still gives employees the freedom they need to be effective workers for their employer.  Trust is the biggest theme for SAS.  They never want their employees to have to choose between their personal lives and their work.  Their hope is for their employees to find the work-life balance that fits them best.  SAS values trust so highly that they list it as a desired skill for any potential employees.  They feel that a trusting relationship between coworkers and employers breeds creativity and innovation (Jayson).

It is easy to see why employees like Brandy Mann love working for SAS.  They have built a culture that has their employees feeling at ease when they need to take a little time off.  The environment builds a relationship where SAS takes care of its employees’ personal needs, and the employees in turn take care of the performance of SAS.  It is with the trust they have fostered throughout the company that SAS has and will continue to be a success in the corporate world.

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