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Can be earned with time in company Can be earned with time in company On-site medical clinic Yes No No No Vacation days Three weeks paid vacation, as well as a week off for Christmas Nine paid holidays per year, vacation days can be earned with time Ten paid holidays per year, vacation days can be earned with time Unspecified number of days, dependent upon years with company www.sas.com www.cisco.com www.ibm.com www.nortelnetworks.com (Table 1) Variety is another key to retaining employees. At the SAS institute, employees are able to easily move from one position to another within the company. According to Goodnight: ?It is extremely important to keep employees motivated, to keep the creative skills flowing and try and build an environment where they can thrive in, reach their

potential and feel challenged? (Hein, 1999) Most of the company?s savings come from not having to recruit and train new employees (Nash, 2000). The SAS Institute has created a corporate culture worthy of praise. The people at SAS think of themselves as a community and not simply co-workers (Nash, 2000). The company was named in the top 10 of Fortune Magazine?s 1997, 1998 and 1999 ?100 Best Companies to Work for in America (Branch, 1999). It was also listed by Working Mother Magazine as one of the top 10 companies for working mothers (Cole, 1999). Business Week conducted a Work and Family survey in 1997 in which SAS ranked fourth (Anthes, 1997). These awards are testimony to the effect of creating a superior corporate culture. The SAS Institute Inc. is a company that values

employee health, well being, and personal and professional growth as the key to success. It is a workplace that respects individuals and encourages creativity, quality, and innovation. The philosophy is; ?If you treat employees as if they make a difference to the company, they will make a difference to the company. The corporate culture at SAS has built the business strong, attracted talented workers, retained those employees, and may well serve as a model for other companies to emulate. References Albertson, David. (2000, June). Data Extract: Benefits and Working Conditions among Manufacturers. Retrieved June 30, 2000 from Eden-Webster Library Computer Database of the World Wide Web: http://www.web2.infotrac.com Anthes, Gary H. (1997, November). Pillar of the Community.

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