50 best EMPLOYERS IN CANADA This is the 10th year we've published our 50 Best jimmy choo lance Employers ranking, and we are marking it by profiling five firms that have made the list for at least the past five years in a row.
All five have consistently connected with employees, often while managing through adversity, strategic upheavals or turbulence in the marketplace. Two of the five have made the grade for more than five consecutive years Keg Restaurants Ltd. for seven, and Chubb Insurance Co. of Canada for nine. Once again, our study of employees and leaders was conducted by Hewitt Associates, a leading global human resources outsourcing and consulting firm. As Hewitt's research shows, the five sell jimmy choo shoes companies have taken different paths to excellence: BC Biomedical Laboratories Ltd. drew on a deep well of employee engagement during a stretch that saw its revenues slashed nearly 30%. Chubb Canada got in front of managing change early, so when turbulence hit the financial services sector last year, managers and employees were ready. Farm Credit Canada saw employee satisfaction skyrocket by turning its Crown corporation culture on its head. At The Keg, managers have homed in on a single, simple workplace goal to motivate employees. Scotiabank Group, by far the largest employer of the five, has used its size and diversity to enhance its flexibility, and has instituted efficient feedback mechanisms to keep leaders and front line staff connected. These firms aren't afraid of implementing bold strategies to remake their work environment, but they also pay attention to the old fashioned HR basics. They ensure employee pay and benefits are average or better in their respective sectors, and leaders listen to staff and act on what employees tell them. "We make sure all the decisions we make are in the best interest of our staff," says Dean Sockett, senior vice president of human resources with The Keg. So, after 10 years, why do we feel this annual exercise is still useful? The goalposts in the competition for talent are always shifting, and we literally learn something new every year. The strength of Hewitt's data also remains unique and compelling. This year's survey involved more than 100,000 employees and 1,200 leaders at more than 200 organizations. To be eligible for the 50 Best, organizations must have at least 400 permanent employees in Canada, and have operated here for at least three years. They must complete three surveys: an employee opinion questionnaire, filled out by a minimum number of employees that depends on their organization's size; a survey of senior leaders that measures how closely their goals and fundamental values are aligned with those of their staff; and a detailed set of questions for the human resources department on HR policies and practices. The employee survey results account for the lion's share of an employer's ranking. Each set of responses is carefully vetted to ensure companies follow required guidelines. For more information, visitLast November, like a lot of leaders in the battered financial sector, Scotiabank CEO Rick Waugh had to respond to questions from the media about the possibility of layoffs. "It's not in the way we do business at all," he says. Besides, the sheer size of the bank can help it be nimble and creative in tough times. With 69,000 employees in 50 countries, Scotiabank is one of the biggest 50 Best employers by far. "One of the advantages of a large organization is that you have more flexibility than a small jimmy choo silver high heels one," says Waugh. At least some staff attrition is inevitable, and there are plenty of options for redeploying employees. Turbulent economic conditions are nothing new for the bank, either. "We're 177 years old," says Waugh, "and banking adjusts all the time." Now 61, he began his career at a branch in Winnipeg in 1970, and the business "has come a long way from just walking in and cashing a cheque or getting a mortgage loan.
" In jimmy choo diamante heels the 1980s, Ottawa removed regulatory barriers between banks, investment dealers and trust companies, and Scotiabank then bought the likes of brokerage firm McLeod, Young, Weir and National Trust. Scotiabank has long been the most international of Canada's Big Five banks as well, with historic roots in the Caribbean and Latin America, and growing interests in Asia.
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