For Your Work Life Balance
Finding a balance between career and family life outside of work is key to every employee's success. Our goal is to provide benefits that are relevant as employees manage their work lives and personal needs. Employee benefits include:
- Sick Leave
- Personal Leave
- Wellness Programs
- Employee Assistance Program
- For Our Employees
- Community Activity Team
- Inspire U
- Service Awards
- Free Parking
- Business Casual Dress Code
- On-site Fitness Center
Vacation is a time for employees to rest, relax and pursue special interest. New employees are eligible for vacation leave after completing their introductory period of six months. Employees accrue vacation based upon length of service.
Employees accrue sick leave each pay period. Employees may use sick leave as an absence from work due to illness or temporary disability because of sickness, injury or pregnancy and confinement; an appointment with a doctor or illness of a member of the employee's immediate family who requires the employee's personal care and attention.
SAWS employees accrue up to 5 days of personal leave which may be used for any reason.
SAWS generally observes most major holidays.
Taking care of your health and your family's is an important part of being well at work. SAWS is proud to invest in its employees by offering a variety of tools and resources to help you meet your health goals.
Our wellness program offers a full range of services, including:
- Flu shots on an annual basis
- Fitness Club discounts
- Health fairs
- Wellness Wednesday Lunch and Learn Seminars, focusing a variety of topics from health and wellness, financial planning and other educational topics related to wellness and lifestyle issues
- Weight Watchers-at-Work Program
- Blood drives
- NurseLine offered through UnitedHealthcare
Employee Assistance Program
Sometimes personal problems can become too big to handle alone and begin to disrupt your personal life, making it hard to concentrate on work. SAWS wants to help employees and their families solve any problem as quickly as possible.
The Employee Assistance Program provides counseling services and assistance in obtaining medical intervention or additional counseling.
Short-term counseling and referral services also are available to help employees and their eligible dependents cope with a variety of problems such as:
- Alcohol and substance abuse
- Marital and other family problems
- Depression and stress
- Financial problems
- Other personal problems
For Our Employees
Not only are our employees working hard to meet the needs of the community by delivering sustainable, affordable water services every day, they also believe in giving back to our community.
Community Activity Team
The SAWS Community Activity Team is a positive force within the community promoting volunteerism and helping charitable organizations and residents to improve their quality of life. Together, CAT:
- Places the needs of the community first
- Works as a team
- Increases awareness and provides service opportunities
- Is socially responsible
Employees participate in numerous events each year, including the MLK March, Basura Bash, Earth Day, Graffiti Wipe Out, United Way Charity Campaign, Back-to-School Supply Drive, San Antonio Food Bank Drive and local Leadership programs.
Working in partnership with the Inspire U and Communities in School programs, SAWS employees enjoy making a difference in the lives of youths in our community. Teaming up with eighth-grade students in the Edgewood Independent School District and San Antonio Independent School District, employees mentor students from career exploration to college application.
SAWS values its employees and believes it is important to recognize significant service milestones.
The SAWS Fluid Communicators Toastmasters Club trains its members to improve their communication skills, lose their fear of public speaking and conduct more efficient and productive meetings.
Employees also receive discounts from cell phone providers and for event tickets, bus passes and more.
SAWS provides parking for the convenience of our employees. Always display your SAWS parking permit prominently to avoid being ticketed or towed away. Remember to lock your car and park within specified areas. SAWS does not assume any liability for any loss or damages you may sustain.
Business Casual Dress Code
SAWS dress code balances professionalism with comfort. Employees should take pride in their jobs with a professional appearance for business. Employees are expected to exercise good judgment in dressing appropriately. Employees must wear appropriate business attire that is consistent with the business meetings they are involved in. The dress code policy is in effect year-round during SAWS business hours.
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays have been designed as "Casual Day," meaning that employees are allowed to wear jeans. SAWS believes casual days boost morale and encourage open communication.
On-site Fitness Center
SAWS offers a variety of initiatives for employee participation to improve or maintain a healthy lifestyle. Our on-site fitness center includes treadmills, elliptical machines, recumbent bikes, desk treadmills, adjustable benches, dumbbells and free weights to help employees stay healthy. On-site exercise classes are also available, including yoga, Pilates, Jazzercise and Zumba dance at certain locations.