Who are Canada's best companies?

'My organization cares for its employees, keeps staff informed and updated, and treats us like a family'

Who are Canada's best companies?

There’s often a lot of reasons why a company is recognized for excellence, including having a great culture, offering competitive total rewards and displaying solid DEI initiatives.

Canadian HR Reporter recently highlighted some of 2023’s Best Places to Work, showcasing a diverse group of companies that stand out as employee-centric workplaces.

One such employer is CASA Mental Health, an Edmonton-based non-profit organization provides mental health services to Albertans aged three to 18 and their families.

CASA Mental Health ranked highly for DEI initiatives, coworker relationships, workplace flexibility, and strong brand and reputation.

Survey respondents stated:

  • “My organization cares for its employees, keeps staff informed and updated, and treats us like a family.”
  • “Consistent positive recognition and constructive feedback are high priorities for management; we have an open-door policy, including our CEO, who is approachable.” 

The entry process for the 2023 Best Places to Work comprised two steps: an employer submission followed by an employee survey.

How did we pick the winners?

First, organizations had to complete an in-depth questionnaire looking at key factors such as employee engagement, turnover rates, average tenure of staff, compensation and benefits, health and wellness programs, diversity initiatives, professional development, corporate culture, flexible work options, reward and recognition, and green programs.

Companies that successfully completed the submission phase were then sent a link to an online employee survey to be circulated internally. To ensure the integrity of the data collected, employees were requested to provide their company email addresses.

We also recently recognized some 5-Star DE&I Employers of 2023 for their outstanding efforts to create a more inclusive future.

‘Amazing communication’ cited by employees

Another company that achieved great results was Edge Imaging, which is Canada’s largest school photography and yearbook company. It scored top marks for high employee engagement, coworker relationships, and workplace flexibility.

Employee participants remarked:

  • “Ensuring employee satisfaction and growth by allowing current employees to further their knowledge and advance within the company.”
  • “From the top down, there is amazing communication, great opportunity in different roles, and leadership looking out for what’s best for everyone.”

To be eligible for the Best Places to Work recognition, organizations had to meet a minimum number of responses based on company size. The survey asked employees to rate their company across a range of metrics that constituted drivers of employee satisfaction. An employer needed to achieve an overall satisfaction rating of at least 75% to be recognized as a Best Place to Work.

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