Environics tops <I>Best Workplaces</I> list

Great Place to Work Institute also created six special categories for employers

Environics Communications, a public relations firm in Toronto, is the best place to work in Canada, according to the Great Place to Work Institute.

The institute surveyed more than 40,000 employees, using the Trust Index survey, to compile the 2010 Best Workplaces in Canada list of 75 companies, ranging in size from 56 to over 50,000 employees.

The Great Place to Work model is based on the concept that a great workplace is measured by the quality of three interconnected relationships within the work environment: the relationship between employees and management; the relationship between employees and their jobs or organization; and the relationship between employees and co-workers.

Environics topped the list this year by successfully creating a high-trust work environment where managers are credible and employees feel respected, proud of their work and connected to their colleagues.

"We are honoured to be recognized as the number one workplace in Canada by the Great Place to Work Institute, particularly because of the strong voice given to employees in their selection process," says Bruce MacLellan, president of Environics.

"A trusting and supportive workplace is deeply engrained in our firm and is a major competitive edge in our success in serving our clients."

All companies on the list have shown trust is the foundation for quality jobs and performance excellence, stated the institute in a release. And over the past 11 years, companies on the United States version of the list have outperformed standard stock market indices by a factor of two to three, according to a study by Russell Investment Group.

In addition to the list, the institute also selected award winners in six special categories:

• Best Workplace for Women: SAS Institute

• Credibility (how employees see their managers): General Mills Canada

• Respect (My manager respects me as an individual): NetApp Canada

• Fairness (The rules of the game): Precision BioLogic

• Pride (I have pride in what I do): S.C. Johnson and Son

• Camaraderie (I enjoy the people that I work with): Devon Canada

Best Workplaces in Canada Top 25:

1. Environics Communications, Toronto

2. NetApp Canada, Mississauga, Ont.

3. Google Canada, Toronto

4. SAS Institute (Canada), Toronto

5. Devon Canada Corporation, Calgary

6. Protegra, Winnipeg

7. Microsoft Canada, Mississauga, Ont.

8. Precision BioLogic, Dartmouth, N.S.

9. KellerWilliams Ottawa Realty, Ottawa

10. L.V. Lomas, Brampton, Ont.

11. Royal LePage Performance Realty, Ottawa

12. Ames Tile & Stone, Burnaby, B.C.

13. TD Bank Financial Group, Toronto

14. Pinchin Environmental, Mississauga, Ont.

15. T4G, Toronto

16. Nycomed Canada, Oakville, Ont.

17. Halsall Associates, Toronto

18. Urban Systems, Kamloops, B.C.

19. Stryker, Hamilton, Ont.

20. GeneralMills Canada Corporation, Mississauga, Ont.

21. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Toronto

22. Vermilion Energy, Calgary

23. Scotiabank Group, Toronto,

24. Omni Companies, Vancouver

25. Fuller Landau, Toronto

The rest of the top 75 (in alphabetical order):

Admiral Insurance, Halifax, N.S.

ATB Financial, Edmonton

Banff Lodging Company, Banff, Alta.

Becton Dickinson Canada, Mississauga, Ont.

Benefits by Design (BBD), Port Coquitlam, B.C.

Broadridge Financial Solutions (Canada), Toronto

Cadbury, Toronto

Capri Insurance Services, Kelowna, B.C.

Carswell, a division of Thomson Reuters Canada, Toronto

CDWCanada, Etobicoke, Ont.

CIM, Toronto

Construction Control, Woodbridge, Ont.

Daimler Financial Services Canada, Mississauga, Ont.

Delta Hotels and Resorts, Toronto

Diageo Canada, Etobicoke, Ont.

Edward Jones, Mississauga, Ont.

Ernst & Young, Toronto

Federated Insurance Company of Canada, Winnipeg

Gap Adventures, Toronto

Gardiner Roberts, Toronto

Gibraltar Solutions, Mississauga, Ont.

Grant Thornton, Toronto

Hill & Knowlton Canada, Toronto

Hilti Canada, Mississauga, Ont.

Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia, Vancouver

Info-Tech Research Group, London, Ont.

Island Hearing, Victoria

IT/NET Ottawa, Ottawa

Joey Restaurant Group, Vancouver

Kenlin Design Group, Regina

Kingston Ross Pasnak, Edmonton

Lannick Group of Companies, Toronto

Lutherwood, Waterloo, Ont.

Mosaic Sales Solutions, Mississauga, Ont.

Nintendo of Canada, Vancouver

Nurse Next Door Home Healthcare Services, Vancouver

Online Business Systems, Winnipeg

OnX Enterprise Solutions, Thornhill, Ont.

Parklane Homes, Vancouver

Quintiles Canada, Montreal

Randstad Canada Group, Montreal

RBC, Toronto

S.C. Johnson and Son, Brantford, Ont.

Sandvine, Waterloo, Ont.

SaskCentral (Credit Union Central of Saskatchewan), Regina

Softchoice, Toronto

State Farm Insurance, Aurora, Ont.

Toronto East General Hospital, Toronto

Trico Homes, Calgary

Zedi, Calgary

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