Green space, historic buildings employee favourites

University of Toronto’s physical workplace helps make it a top employer
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/20/2009

Editor’s note: This is the first of a seven-part series taking a look at some of the best practices of Canada’s award-winning employers. In this instalment, we take a look at the University of Toronto’s physical workplace and why it makes the school such a great place to work.

The University of Toronto is home to lush lawns, historic buildings and parkland that overlooks two scenic river valleys. For the roughly 16,000 full- and part-time employees at the university’s three campuses, it’s an idyllic workplace, except for the fact space is at a premium.

“A couple of years ago we put out an informal survey about what people love about working here and we were amazed at the number of people who said they can go through Philosopher’s Walk on their lunch break or, if they’re out at the Scarborough or Mississauga campuses, there are parklands,” says Christina Sass-Kortsak, assistant vice-president of human resources. “So it’s a really great environment that way.”