Canada's top 100 employers for 2012 is the product of extensive evaluation, including a detailed review of the employer’s operations and human resource practices. Employers are compared with other organizations in their field.
Mediacorp’s editors reviewed the recruitment histories of more than 75,000 employers across the country before inviting 12,500 of these to apply. It was a record year for submissions. More than 2,700 employers started the application process, and the number of completed applications increased by 15 per cent, making this year the most competitive yet.
A distinguished academic advisory board, drawn from universities across Canada, oversees the selection criteria. Each panel member has either written or edited a major human resources textbook in Canada.
The criteria that the editors of Mediacorp use for judging the best workplaces has remained the same since the project began in 1999. Competition focuses on eight key areas: Physical workplace; work and social atmosphere; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; communications, focused on how employers handle employee feedback; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement.