by Kim Peters
Originally published: December 5, 2017
More than 35 years ago, a programmer at SAS had a hard time managing both her career and her new baby. Rather than risk losing this employee, the company hired a nanny—and has offered childcare on-site ever since.
Today, SAS is a rare technology organization where the workforce is nearly 50% women, and it was recently named one of the 2017 Best Workplaces for Diversity.
“In an industry that struggles to hire skilled employees—and women in particular—SAS and the other Best Workplaces enjoy better representation, longer tenure and lower attrition,” says Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work. “It’s not just a question of programs for mothers. Organizations that are serious about equity seek out overlooked challenges facing women of all backgrounds, genuinely listen to them and take the initiative to improve the workplace.”