SAS has been recognised as one of Ireland’s top employers in the Great Place to Work® Institute’s prestigious “Best Workplaces Ireland 2019” ranking. The analytics leader has improved on its result from last year, claiming 16th place in the ‘medium-sized business’ category having finishing 19th in 2018.
This is the fifth consecutive year that SAS has been recognised as one of Ireland’s best places to work. The rankings are based on the findings of a robust employee survey and a thorough assessment of policies and practices by the Great Place to Work Institute.
Great Place to Work (GPTW) was founded in the US in 1981 and has grown into the world’s largest annual workplace culture survey, encompassing 45 countries. Great Place to Work Ireland was established in 2003; since then, it has surveyed close to three million Irish employees. The Institute’s methodologies have been adopted by numerous organisations including Fortune magazine, which uses them for its famous 100 Best Companies to Work For index.
SAS appears regularly on GPTW annual lists in the countries where it operates – a reflection of a company culture that puts a premium on employee happiness, encourages creativity, and focuses on providing the best balance between professional development and a healthy lifestyle.
“Everybody knows that motivated and engaged employees bring more value to a business,” said Charles Senabulya, Vice President, SAS UK & Ireland. “Our approach to employee engagement is to give our people inspiring and challenging work, combined with a collaborative atmosphere. We trust our employees to work independently and creatively, and we believe that this freedom is key to workplace happiness. We’re delighted that our employees agree, and we look forward to working with them so that we can continue our climb up the rankings next year.”
Brendan O’Dwyer, Head of EMEA Inside Sales at SAS, added: “This is the fifth year in a row that we’ve made the GPTW list. It’s great that our hard work is recognised, but there is no time to rest on our laurels. The workplace is undergoing a time of unprecedented transformation, and this is leading to rapid changes in employee expectations.
“That’s why it’s so important that we continue to engage with employees to ensure that we are always supporting and inspiring them. At SAS, our Employee Engagement Team brings together teams from across the business to ensure that we’re always listening, always learning, and always improving the workplace experience for everyone.”