Walking the talk

Employees rank which companies live up to their hype

Employers know all the right things to say — work-life balance is key, training and development is important, employees are recognized for their hard work. But which employers actually live up to the hype?

The results of the second annual Walk the Talk survey by career marketing firm Market Yourself Smarter in Toronto, reveal which employers keep their promises.

To qualify for an award, at least 10 employees from the company had to complete a survey, the company had to be headquartered in Canada and have a minimum of 50 full-time employees.

Overall, 54 companies qualified and employee responses were 51 per cent positive, 37 per cent negative and 12 per cent neutral. Employees cited “uniform treatment of employees at all levels,” “inclusiveness” and “respect” among the most important employer behaviors when it comes to walking the talk.

The winners are:

Cisco Canada, Toronto: Most Family Friendly Workplace

Export Development Canada, Ottawa: Most Committed to Employee Development

Brain Injury Services of Hamilton, Haldimand-Norfolk, Niagara, Ont.: Best Employee Engagement

Flight Centre of Canada, Vancouver: Best Recognition Practices

Rocky Mountaineer Vacations, Vancouver: Best Workplace Culture

University College of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, B.C.: Most Open and Transparent Workplace

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