Today, MediaCorp released the winners of Canada’s Top Employers for 2016, a list that aims to gently guide the country’s workforce to companies that “lead their industries in offering exceptional workplaces for their employees.” And if you are in the telecom industry, you may not be surprised to find Rogers, Telus, and Bell as part of the top-100 list — some of them were part of the list before.
During the selection process, the jury evaluated the companies based on eight criteria:
(1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; (7) Training & Skills Development; and (8) Community Involvement. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.
Bell was ranked as one of the top employers because it created the national “Let’s Talk” initiative and encouraged employees to get involved in their communities. It has hired more than 1,000 summer and co-op students during the past two years, as highlighted by Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, staff editors at Mediacorp Canada.
Rogers found its place on the list because it prepares employees for life after work with an “increasingly rare defined benefit pension plan” and supports new moms with maternity-leave top-up payments, among other reasons.
As for Telus, the same staff editors highlighted how it encourages employees to work from home, launched a 12-week Self-Health pilot program, and also offers financial benefits, including a share-purchase plan.
It isn’t mentioned on the features list, but the picture won’t be full if we don’t note that Telus recently announced it is cutting 1,500 full-time jobs, and Bell will slash 380 jobs.
Other notable names you’ll find on the list of winners: Samsung and Ubisoft Toronto (
the makers of Hitman GO, Lara Croft GO). You can browse the full list by following this link.