At SAS, we recognize and appreciate the valuable skills and experience that veterans, active duty military, and military families bring to our workforce. We honor the service and sacrifice of military families, and actively support our employees in their transition from the military to the civilian corporate work environment.
Today, get to know Jen Norton! She’s a Senior Manager of HR Information Systems, a military spouse, and a mom of two. Hear more about her 6 years (and counting!) of living the #saslife, and how she’s been supported by SAS along the way.
Jen’s Journey to SAS
My career started in marketing and event planning, but I made a career change after my son was born in 2008, just four days prior to my husband’s deployment to Afghanistan. After working as an Executive Assistant for an HR executive in the healthcare industry, my career progressed into Human Resources and then into HR Information Systems. In 2014, I joined SAS as a HR Information System Analyst. I’m now the Senior Manager of the HR People Systems Team, leading a global team of Workday analysts.
Workday is our global human resource information system and is a vital tool for all employees. I’m proud to manage and configure the system that directly impacts our employees’ everyday lives!
Life as a Military Spouse
Throughout our marriage, my husband has been deployed four times and has participated in several missions and trainings (ranging anywhere from 3 weeks to four months).
While military spouses often live in the shadow of service members, we play a significant role in the lives and morale of our spouses and families. Military spouses take on the role of both mother and father, along with all the additional responsibilities our service member may have performed at home. It’s often said that as military spouses, we “serve outside of uniform.”
Backed by the SAS Family
During my husband’s most recent year-long deployment, SAS supported me in balancing my work and life. Life as a working military spouse is very busy, and SAS’ onsite services like the health care center, pharmacy and meals-to-go helped me save time (and my sanity!). My manager even encouraged me to flex my hours so I could pick up my kids from school, allowing them to maintain a normal routine and schedule while their dad was deployed.
While these benefits certainly make life easier, my favorite thing about SAS is the people I work with every day. There’s a sense of family. On the weekend of my husband’s most recent deployment, my co-workers banded together and had flowers and a card delivered to my house. Inside the card were encouraging notes and a subscription to curbside grocery pickup – for a year! Their kindness brought a smile to my face every time I picked up groceries.
This year, my manager, Theresa, and I also participated in the North Carolina National Guard and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s “Boss Lift!” We spent the morning learning about the National Guard Aviation Battalion and how they work to keep our country safe and even flew over the SAS Campus in a Blackhawk helicopter! It meant a lot to me that she took time out of her week to learn more about what it means to be part of the military community. It was an experience I won’t soon forget!
Supporting the Military Community
The skills military spouses gain from managing a household, family and juggling work during deployment enhance our teamwork skills, work ethic, problem-solving and leadership abilities, and are a great asset to companies in all industries.
I’m extremely proud to work for a company that supports and appreciates military service members and families, and that values the skills that the military community brings to the table.
Jen, we appreciate your family’s service to our country, and the amazing work you do here at SAS! Check out our website to learn more about how we support the military.