Case study: Being a best employer means being serious about recognition

By Laura Cassiani
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/07/2001

It’s really no surprise that pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly of Canada was ranked the fourth best company to work for in Canada by Report on Business magazine. It’s partly due to the fact that good work and good behaviour are recognized almost daily.

“Recognition has a lot to do with (the ranking). Having a fun place to work will have an effect on recruiting and retention,” says Karen McKay, vice-president of human resources at Eli Lilly, which employs 600 people in Canada and 35,000 around the world.

In addition to swanky awards ceremonies spread throughout the year, employees are reminded about their contributions everywhere they turn. On top of appearing in the print version of the company newsletter, employees who have been recognized for their work or rewarded become instant celebrities throughout the organization by appearing on 24 television monitors mounted throughout the firm’s head office in Toronto.