When the U.S. men’s hockey team brought home the Olympic gold medal in 1980 after a stunning victory against the Russian team, the lives of the 20 young men were changed forever. Their coach, Herb Brooks, motivated his team not so much to win the gold medal as he did to simply do their best. Then he cheered them on to try harder. And after they gave him every ounce of energy, he asked for even more. In winning, not only did they bring home the gold for their country, but they inspired a generation of new players – while boosting the spirits of an entire nation.

In an article for Sports Illustrated, writer E.M. Swift put it like this: “At a time when international tensions and domestic frustrations had dampened traditional American optimism, the underdog U.S. Olympic hockey team gave the entire nation a lift by defeating the world’s top team, the Soviets, and ultimately winning the gold medal. Those youngsters did so by means of the old-fashioned American work ethic, which some people feared was disappearing from the land.”

Winning a gold medal is one thing, but doing it for the benefit of the greater good is even better. That’s a little what it felt like when Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS) was named the gold winner of the 2016 Stevie® Great Employer Awards for computer services. With more than 35 years of experience offering solutions in business continuity, information security and IT disaster recovery, Sungard AS offers a host of employee-centered services and activities to ensure a seamless transition into the company for new employees, multiple mentorship and career development opportunities and wellness programs that promote work-life balance.

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Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS) was named the gold winner of the 2016 Stevie® Great Employer Awards for computer services.

But it’s not just about winning an award recognizing the world’s best employers and the human resources professionals, teams, achievements and HR-related products and suppliers who help to create and drive great places to work. It’s about changing the culture and encouraging everyone on the Sungard AS team to do their best.

Countless studies have shown that when employees are given the support they need to do their jobs well, they deliver better customer service. It’s no secret that with great training and fellow team members who are willing to cheer you on, you’re going to perform more efficiently at your job. And of course, keeping your team healthy and motivated will drive the goal even further. Sungard AS offers training, a new employee “buddy” program and mentoring programs, health and wellness sessions, and rewards for employees who best embody the company’s core values and apply them to the customer experience.

The result? “Our employees are among the most skilled IT minds in the industry—and we treat them that way,” says Patrick Sabine, senior vice president, human resources at Sungard AS. “We attract top talent because Sungard AS provides its team members with the tools, resources and mentors to grow their career from day one,” said Patrick Sabine, senior vice president, human resources at Sungard AS. “This gold award from the Stevies echoes what our team already knows: We find and develop the best talent, who in turn can better serve our customers, even those with particularly complex IT challenges.”

Sabine points out that while he and the rest of the company are thrilled with the award, there is always more to do to deliver an exceptional customer experience. He emphasizes that the company remains committed to introducing the programs and HR initiatives that make Sungard AS a great place to work in order to do just that.

In the end, everything is geared around developing customers for life. Because when we win, our customers win. For more about this and other Stevies we have received this year, click here.