Spirit, results, community

Firms on Best Workplaces in Canada list offering healthy mix of benefits – and fun
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/23/2013

Employees at Vega in Burnaby, B.C., are offered vegan meals prepared by an in-house chef, with complimentary smoothies, soups, salads and snacks on a daily basis. Healthy food offerings make sense for a company that sells plant-based natural health and sports performance products.

“We believe that a plant-based, whole foods diet reduces stress so therefore it’s going to be more energizing for our employees as well during the day,” said Angela Hutchinson, HR generalist at Vega, which ranked seventh among the top 50 medium companies on the 2013 Best Workplaces in Canada list, according to the Great Place to Work Institute.

Company spirit is also boosted by wellness events that include an after-hours clinic with massage therapists and acupuncture, foosball tournaments and team outings such as a trip to the spa. Employees also participate in events such as the Tough Mudder obstacle course challenge.