’Tis the season for employee recognition

Paid time-off among holiday perks
By Susan Singh
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/06/2005

It’s that time of the year. A time for office parties and festive decorations and gifts to staff to acknowledge their hard work during the year.

At least, that was the tradition. As Canadian workplaces become more diverse, however, employers are modifying recognition approaches. They’re putting less emphasis on Christmas, but they still see the season as a time for celebrating.

It used to be that the employer would impose some sort of ceremony during the Christmas period that everyone had to participate in, says Earl Miller, a former director of diversity and now senior manager of public, corporate and government affairs at Scotiabank in Toronto.