Rogers, SaskTel, and Telus Among Canada’s Top 100 Employers

by Istvan Fekete on October 22, 2013

Mediacorp made its annual list of “Canada’s Top 100 Employers” public yesterday, announcing the 2014 winners. This makes the 14th consecutive year for one of the nation’s best-known editorial competitions.

To finalize the list, this year Mediacorp examined the recruitment histories of over 75,000 employers across the country whom it tracks via its job search engine, Eluta.ca. From this initial group, the company invited 25,000 employers who had created new job opportunities during the past 12 months to complete an extensive application process, which included a detailed review of their operations and HR practices. This helped editors to compare them to other players in the industry and region.

Among the wireless players, only Rogers, SaskTel, and Telus made it onto the list of Canada’s Top 100 Employers this year.

“We have also seen an increasing familiarity by job-seekers with the benefits and workplace policies that make a difference in their lives,” adds Anthony Meehan, Publisher at Mediacorp. “From company-paid pension plans to issues like vacation allowance and family-friendly maternity leave, today’s job-seekers are more aware that significant differences exist among different employers in an industry. Leaders at the winning organizations have recognized this change and understand that their organizations need to improve constantly to attract and retain the best and brightest.”

Rogers was selected because head office employees can take advantage of a variety of onsite amenities, including a quiet room for meditation and religious observance, and a cafeteria with subsidized meals; the company encourages all employees to save for the future through contributions to a defined pension plan, and provides a variety of financial rewards.

SaskTel was chosen because the wireless player supports ongoing employee development through subsidies for tuition and professional accreditation, a formal mentoring program, various in-house and online trading programs, and it also supports employees with older children through an academic scholarship program; its employees and retirees donate tens of thousands of volunteer hours every year in support of community projects across the province.

What helped Telus make it onto list was the company’s policy of flexible health benefit plans, allowing employees to customize levels of coverage to suit their personal needs; the company also provides maternity leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers, and encourages employees to work from home through a formal ‘Work Styles” program.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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