And the Forbes Winner of the Best Employer in The World Award of 2014 Is…

No, its not Google or Apple!

The winner is a software company in the US called SAS. They may not have their own city, a cinema for employees or even pay huge salaries. What is obvious though... is that they care about their staff.

Since 1984, SAS has offered all employees and their families free primary health care services in their own centre. According to the company, over 90% of employees and their families at the HQ use the service.

Looking through the list of top employers, some other common themes emerge as to why they are considered employers of choice.

1. Promotion. 

Employees want opportunities to advance in recognition of their hard work. Create a culture of internal promotion whenever possible and the best young people will want to work for you, for a long time.

2. No Egos.

The 80’s culture of fancy titles are gone. Employees now want flat simple structures where they can work closely in teams without too much red tape to stop them from achieving their goals.

3. Fun.

Lets face it, your staff probably spend more time at work than with their friends and family. A ‘work hard but have fun’ culture is a winner for both employees and employers.

4. Kids.

This is obviously not affordable for all companies but we should all definitely examine how we can assist young families struggling to juggle kids and work whilst also attracting talented women into the workplace.

5. Feedback.

Employees love feedback, that’s a fact. It doesn’t need to always be positive, it can also be constructive. Companies that make the time to give regular feedback to their employees flourish.

6. Approachable Leaders.

Regardless of whether you run a small business or a large corporation, if you are in a leadership position, your employees want to feel you're approachable. Small things matter here – saying hello and asking how their weekend was is a big start that seems insignificant but will be appreciated by your employees.

You can check out the full article here: Forbes Best Employees 2014


Simon Ingleson

CEO/Founder @ RosterElf

Magically Simple Staff Rostering