Employees spend on average 40 hours a week at their job. Finding a company that appreciates its employees and provides a great work environment is important to most. Benefits from learning opportunities to new technology access can create a healthy and happy work atmosphere.
These Canadian employers clearly understand the need for employee motivation, perks and benefits and the implementation of these features is what sets them apart from the competition.
Recognized as a company that is the best at employee engagement, Cisco Canada engages employees with their corporate culture that empowers them to work for positive change. Cisco also provides employees with Cisco technology so they can adopt flexible work schedules and connect with employees across Canada. Cisco provides an excellent work culture that promotes career building with lateral and advanced movement opportunities.
Molson Coors Canada
Supporting employee education with a formal mentoring program, tuition subsidies, and an in-house training program called Molson Beer Academy, Molson Coors Canada wants employees to reach their career goals. Incentives are also prevalent at Molson, the company offers year-end bonuses, employee referral bonuses, and job specific signing bonuses. An additional perk at Molson is beer vouchers, provided to employees so they can enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Providing a great benefit plan for employees is important to the EllisDon Corporation. EllisDon covers 100% of their employee health plan, doesn’t place a cap on tuition reimbursement and offers a formal mentoring and extensive in-house training program—EllisDon University. EllisDon also encourages ownership culture at the company with profit-sharing plans for all employees.
TD Bank Financial Group
TD Bank Financial Group gives its employees great financial benefits. Opportunities to get low-interest home loans, a share purchase plan and discounted banking services is offered to every employee. TD Bank also plans for employees’ retirement by offering to match contributions to share purchase plans plus health benefits that extend into retirement without an age limit.
Flexible working schedules and a formal work from home program proves that Telus Corporation cares about employee motivation. The company also promotes education with tuition subsidies and offers financial bonuses upon course completion. Additional benefits include year-end bonuses, job specific signing bonuses, referral bonuses and performance related bonuses that can range from quarterly share options to company-paid holidays.
Offering a fitness club subsidy with an additional incentive bonus (up to $450), Digital Extremes encourages employees to get and stay fit. Digital Extremes has also become an industry leader in parental leave top-up payments by providing new mothers 80% salary for 24 weeks. Employing young professionals with an average age of 32, Digital Extremes knows how to make work fun by providing organized social events.
Loblaw Companies Limited
Believing in the potential of recent graduates, Loblaw Companies Limited manages a fully-paid 18-month training program. About 100 new graduates each year are offered full pay and benefits and go into streams including store management, marketing, merchandising, supply chain, finance, human resources and IT. Loblaw also encourages career development with year-end bonuses, a share purchase plan and pension plan.
Bombardier Aerospace cares about employee opinion. Entering into a company-wide feedback exercise called the “Bombardier Way” listening cafés, Bombardier listened to employees and stakeholders opinions concerning the company. Bombardier also encourages employee development by offering new graduates access to Bombardier Aerospace Engineering University which provides a variety of in-house training opportunities.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc
Encouraging Toyota-made employee transportation, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc provides employees and their family members generous discounts on the lease or purchase of new vehicles. Health is also important to Toyota as they offer free memberships to a fitness and recreation facility that offers everything from organized sports, fitness classes and a fully equipped games room.
Research In Motion
Providing new employees with a free Blackberry on their first day, RIM sets a high standard for employee appreciation. Benefits at the company offer tuition subsidies that are especially easy to use at the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University that are within a short walking distance from the office. Additionally, the company helps employees plan for retirement with matching RSP contributions and provides year-end bonuses as their profit sharing solution. To keep employees healthy there are massage services and flu shot clinics on site while also offering discounted gym memberships. RIM is highly recognized as a great employer and has received prestigious awards such as Financial Post’s Ten Best Companies to Work for 2011, Canada’s Top 100 Employers, and Waterloo Area’s Top Employers for 2011.