It's not for the faint of heart. To come up with this year's list of Canada's Top 100 Employers, now in its 11th year, the editors of Mediacorp Canada Inc., a specialty publisher, sift through a daunting amount of information to analyze each applicant's operations and HR practices. After an extensive review of the more than 2,750 employers that started this year's application process, the winners emerge.
The criteria for judging the nation's dream workplaces have stayed the same since the project began in 1999. Competition focuses on eight key areas: physical workplace; work atmosphere and social events; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications focused on how employers capture feedback from their employees; performance management; training and skills development; community involvement.
Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which has the most forward-thinking programs.
Richard Yerema, managing editor of the Canada's Top 100 Employers project, observes that despite challenging times, the best employers continue to maintain and improve working conditions for employees. "Many of this year's winners have learned from past economic slowdowns that you can do lasting damage to an organization by scaling back on benefits that are important to employees," Mr. Yerema says.