Up from third last year, Cisco Canada topped the 2011 list of Best Employers in Canada, conducted by Aon Hewitt, the human capital consulting and outsourcing solutions business of Aon Corporation, in conjunction with the Queen’s University School of Business.
Rounding out the Top 5 this year are EllisDon Corporation, PCL Constructors Inc., CIMA+, and McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada.
Those organizations that appear on the two 2011 Best Employers lists represent a wide range of employers.
“Even though the two studies are geared towards larger and small/medium organizations, our research has determined that size really isn’t a factor when it comes to employee engagement.” –Einar Westerlund, Director of Project Development, Queen’s Centre for Business Venturing
They come from software, banking, hospitality, retail, pharmaceutical and 25 other industries. They are headquartered across the country, from Charlottetown to Nanaimo. They range in size from as few as 50 employees to more than 50,000. 251 Canadian employers took part in the 2011 Best Employers studies.
Organizations are selected as Best Employers based primarily on survey responses from more than 134,000 Canadian employees at these organizations that gauge their level of engagement.
“Even though the two studies are geared towards larger and small/medium organizations, our research has determined that size really isn’t a factor when it comes to employee engagement,” said survey co-ordinator Einar Westerlund, director of project development at the Queen’s Centre for Business Venturing.
“It’s as much a challenge for small organizations to engage their employees as it is for large ones. The approach may vary by company size, but driving employee engagement is still very much related to factors such as frequent, two-way communication with leaders, learning, development and career opportunities, strong performance management, and human resources programs that are not only competitive, but also meet the needs of individual employees and align with the organization’s values.”
According to Aon Hewitt’s definition, employees are engaged when they “say, stay and strive”: they speak positively about the organization to others, are committed to remaining with their current employer, and are motivated by their organizations’ leaders, managers, culture and values to go “above and beyond” to contribute to business success.
The average engagement score for Best Employer organizations of all sizes was 80%; the average for other organizations participating in the two studies was 59%.
The 2011 List of the Best Employers in Canada
|1||Cisco Canada||Toronto ON||Communications Equipment|
|2||EllisDon Corporation||London ON||Construction & Engineering|
|3||PCL Constructors Inc.||Edmonton AB||Construction & Engineering|
|4||CIMA+ Partner in Excellence||Laval QC||Construction & Engineering|
|5||McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited||Toronto ON||Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure|
|6||OpenRoad Auto Group Ltd.||Richmond BC||Specialty Retail|
|7||Marriott Hotels of Canada Ltd.||Mississauga ON||Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure|
|8||Bennett Jones LLP||Calgary AB||Professional Services|
|9||Wellington West Holdings Ltd.||Winnipeg MB||Diversified Financial Services|
|10||Farm Credit Canada||Regina SK||Diversified Financial Services|
|11||Chubb Insurance Company of Canada||Toronto ON||Insurance|
|12||Edward Jones||Mississauga ON||Diversified Financial Services|
|13||OMERS Administration Corporation||Toronto ON||Diversified Financial Services|
|14||Delta Hotels & Resorts||Toronto ON||Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure|
|15||Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc. (Canada)||Toronto ON||Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure|
|16||Graham Group Ltd.||Calgary AB||Construction & Engineering|
|17||Stikeman Elliott LLP||N/A||Professional Services|
|18||BBA Inc.||Mont-Saint-Hilaire QC||Commercial Services & Supplies|
|19||The Co-operators||Guelph ON||Insurance|
|20||GlaxoSmithKline Inc.||Mississauga ON||Pharmaceuticals|
|21||Flight Centre||Vancouver BC||Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure|
|22||LoyaltyOne||Toronto ON||Diversified Consumer Services|
|23||Scotiabank Group||Toronto ON||Diversified Financial Services|
|24||Federal Express Canada Ltd.||Mississauga ON||Air Freight & Logistics|
|25||Aecon Group Inc.||Toronto ON||Construction & Engineering|
|26||TD Bank Financial Group||Toronto ON||Commercial Banks|
|27||Canadian Western Bank||Edmonton AB||Commercial Banks|
|28||Co-operators Life Insurance Company||Regina SK||Insurance|
|29||Amex Canada Inc./Amex Bank of Canada||Markham ON||Diversified Financial Services|
|30||Earl’s Restaurants Ltd.||North Vancouver BC||Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure|
|31||Meyers Norris Penny||Calgary AB||Commercial Services & Supplies|
|32||Dillon Consulting||Toronto ON||Professional Services|
|33||ATB Financial||Edmonton AB||Commercial Banks|
|34||Island Savings Credit Union||Duncan BC||Diversified Financial Services|
|35||Clark Builders||Edmonton AB||Construction & Engineering|
|36||Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP||Toronto ON||Professional Services|
|37||G&K Services Canada Inc.||Mississauga ON||Commercial Services & Supplies|
|38||Conexus||Regina SK||Diversified Financial Services|
|39||ING DIRECT||Toronto ON||Commercial Banks|
|40||Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc.||Montreal QC||Real Estate Management & Development|
|41||Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics||Vancouver BC||Personal Products|
|42||Novotel Canada||Mississauga ON||Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure|
|43||Keg Restaurants Ltd.||Richmond BC||Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure|
|44||BC Biomedical Laboratories Ltd.||Surrey BC||Health Care Providers & Services|
|45||Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc.||Dorval QC||Pharmaceuticals|
|46||Bentall LP||Toronto ON||Real Estate Management & Development|
|47||HATCH||Mississauga ON||Construction & Engineering|
|48||National Bank Financial Group||Montreal QC||Commercial Banks|
|49||Coastal Community Credit Union||Nanaimo BC||Commercial Banks|
|50||Cintas Canada Limited||Mississauga ON||Commercial Services & Supplies|