When you emerge from your college years and are entering the “real” world and looking for a “real” job, finding a company that promotes and supports work-life balance probably isn’t high on your priority list. For some, the goal is to land a position in your studied field, where you’ve dreamed of putting the knowledge you’ve accumulated in your 4+ years of college to practical use. For others, it’s all about the benjamins. Show me the money, give me a corporate ladder to climb up while everyone else is left in the dust. But rarely do you focus on all of the little things, which, as your life and the world around you changes, become big things.
Like work-life balance.
In today’s age, where what used to be a 9-to-5 workday has transformed into around-the-clock availability via cell phone and email, it’s a common occurrence that the line between your work life and your home life is blurred. Work-life balance has become increasingly more important.
Many companies have noticed this, and are responding by offering their employees a way to blend the two aspects of their lives–to accommodate the need for flexibility when it comes to work hours and offering amenities that aim to take the stress out of all of the personal things you need to accomplish and account for.
Some companies offer telecommuting or flexible scheduling. Others offer on-site child care, on-site laundry, and cafeterias where you can pick up dinner for the family on your way out the door. The anticipated trade-off is that workers will be happier and, hence, more productive. Additionally, it will be easier to retain the best employees and reduce turnover.
A recent article featured on Yahoo highlights the perks of working at the top 25 companies for work-life balance, as compiled by Glassdoor.
SAS Institute, coming in at number three on the list, is very upfront about their commitment to family. Their website has detail on all of the benefits that are offered to employees and retirees and their families. The list is extensive–book exchange, adoption assistance, mental health resources, health care services, day care and preschool, nail salon, massage, dry cleaning, car detailing, etc. The list is comprehensive and seemingly covers every aspect of all the challenges of day-to-day life.
SAS Institute, headquartered in Cary, NC, has locations worldwide, including one in Pittsburgh. SAS’s founder, Jim Goodnight, enforces work-life balance and it has paid off–a few years ago SAS’s turnover was measured at 4% in an industry where 20% is the norm.
Will this be the wave of the future? Will other Pittsburgh companies step up to the plate and offer perks that make work-life balance more manageable?