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SAS Seems to Know Secret for Keeping Workers Happy

Posted December 19, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— As the end of the millennium nears, most companies are constantly striving to stay one step ahead of the competition. If you ask around, many people say the key is hiring good workers and keeping them. So how can a company keep its employees happy and still post a profit?

Gone are the days when health insurance was enough of a benefit to attract and keep quality workers. According toFortune Magazine's list of the best 100 companies to work for in America, big business is now delivering the extras. The SAS Institute in Cary came in third on that list, due in large part to employees who had great things to say about their work environment.

Imagine working in a place where your children are cared for, you can exercise, visit the doctor, do your job and even eat. That place exists. It is the SAS Institute in Cary. David Russo, vice president of human resources, says the company is committed to its employees.

Those types of things make it that much nicer to go to your job everyday, especially for working parents. On-site day care at SAS gives parents peace of mind and more time with their kids. SAS employee Suzy Nesbit says the day care center is a real blessing.

But while the perks are nice, employees say support is just as important. Employee Gale Adcock says she likes the way she's treated at work.

There were two other North Carolina companies on the list. Glaxo-Wellcome of Research Triangle Park and Lowes Companies of North Wilkesboro. The list will appear in the January issue of the magazine.

The Fortune's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in America was compiled through more than 200,000 employee interviews nationwide.

Southwest Airlines topped the list. Kingston Technology, Fel-Pro, and TD Industries round out the top five.

Photographer:Mark Copeland