Communication pushes firm to the top

‘This just in…’ Wardrop Engineering hired news service to deliver company information to employees
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/17/2008

Employees at Wardrop Engineering know James Popel as the face of human resources for the Canadian engineering, environmental and information technology consulting firm. Recently, they discovered the vice-president of HR also qualified for the last Boston marathon.

His success was one of the human interest stories carried on the company’s intranet news service. Sharing stories, whether they’re about the people or the business, is a priority for Wardrop, which has 13 locations — stretching from Vancouver in the West to Brockville, Ont., in the East — but no head office.

“Rather than being a cold, informal employer, we’re more of a collective,” says Popel. “We know more about one another and share in our successes and try to learn from one another.”