The professional working world has dramatically changed over the last thirty years. Stuffy suit-and-tie work environments have been replaced with the comfortable and ever practical business casual, strict hours of 9-5 have been interrupted by flexible work schedules, and it is not entirely uncommon for the office break room to offer the occasional adult beverage. Additionally, most drastically, and potentially most importantly, the success of a company has become heavily dependent on the happiness of its employees.
At CA, we are fully indebted to our 10,000+ employees globally, as they are the sole reason we continue to thrive in this ever-changing application economy. As a Fortune 1000, we have learned we are no longer only competing with the biggest names in the industry for clientele, but also for the best talent to join our team.
Like any life situation, if someone is unhappy it is likely they will make the change to remove the unhappiness from their life. A work environment is no different. If an employee is unhappy, they will look elsewhere for a job. At CA, retention is incredibly important, as is overall employee satisfaction, and because of this, we have created a number of programs and initiatives throughout the various regions to give back to our employees and show our appreciation for all that they do.
In the North America specifically, one of the best ways we feel we can show appreciation for our employees is by offering flexibility and empowerment. No one should ever be denied the right to take leave from the workplace, whether it’s to go on an epic adventure or tend to more a personal matter. CA Technologies does not have a cap on vacation time and we do not track via any formal system. Instead, we treat employees as adults, and as professionals, because we truly believe they are driven to achieve their goals and objectives and can deliver better results when our workplace allows them to meet both their personal needs and professional objectives.
Connie Smallwood, our VP of Innovations and University programs recently became a first-time parent, and according to her, having paid time off, without having to worry about her job or income, was invaluable. “My management team was extremely supportive of my leave and, even though I know I was missed, I came back to not only my old job but also increased responsibility. My career continued to progress. It was as if I never left!”
Our employees can also take advantage of flexibility options and work-life programs. Almost all CA employees have significant flexibility in their work schedule and 30% of North American employees formally participate in our full-time telecommuting or work-from-home program. In fact, during our most recent employee opinion survey, 93% of female employees in the US responded that their immediate manager supports their efforts to balance their work and personal life.
Kristen Malzone is the Senior Community Program Analyst for CA in North America and is currently planning her wedding while working full time. “Planning a wedding is not easy. Some say it’s a full-time job in itself! And, to be honest – I’d have to agree. Working in a flexible work environment has been extremely helpful during the planning process. Every girl deserves to be able to plan the wedding of her dreams. It’s an exciting and once-in-a-lifetime (hopefully) opportunity. Wedding businesses are either slammed or unavailable on the weekends, so you have to schedule the majority of your appointments during the week. My boss and the team have been extremely supportive and flexible. I feel really lucky to work on a team that allows me to balance my work life and personal life. You hear work-life balance a lot when talking to recruiters. But, CA actually practice what they preach.”
We are very proud that we are able to offer our employees a work environment in which they do not feel restricted or limited. Our workforce is the reason we have maintained steady success over the years, and it is our responsibility as an employer to do whatever is within our means to keep them here and keep them happy. We pride ourselves on not only being a Fortune 1000 but being a Fortune 1000 with a start-up mentality.
Happy Employee Appreciation Week to all of our amazing employees at CA Technologies! Thank you for all that you do!
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