Annually, the Globe and Mail and Mediacorp Canada publishes the names of companies that have met the criteria to be named the best private sector companies with fewer than 500 employees. Companies are judged by the following factors to determine eligibility to compete:
- Physical workplace Work and social atmosphere
- Health, financial, and family benefits
- Vacation and time off
- Employee feedback
- Performance management
- Training and skills development
- Community involvement
Positive employment growth is also a consideration. If the company has had any layoffs in the last year, it’s not allowed into the competition. It’s possible to get many of the perks larger organizations offer while still reaping the benefits of working for a company where there’s less of a formal structure and perhaps a more dynamic environment.
Most of these smaller companies offer the standard benefit package to employees, plus some that are a bit more creative (and even quirky). We’ve compiled some of the awesome initiatives being offered in today’s job market by the GTA’s best small and medium-sized companies to their employees.
Adlib Software Inc. in Burlington provides its staff with a monthly visit with a massage therapist.
Contax Inc. in Toronto hosts a summer boat cruise for its employees.
Freshbooks Toronto holds events like Porchfest, an annual cottage weekend getaway, and Festivus, an annual holiday party.
Intelex Technologies Inc. in Toronto offers flex-time employment to employees who are new mothers.
Sigma Systems Canada Inc. in Toronto has a profit-sharing plan for its employees.
Scalar Decisions Inc. offers its Toronto employees subsidies for study at outside institutions.
Other employer initiatives DAC Group Inc., an advertising company in Toronto, gives new employees three weeks of holidays per year, plus six personal paid days off annually.
Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc. in Toronto offers in-house apprenticeship programs and subsidies for professional accreditation.
Emkay Inc., a fleet management company in Toronto, recognizes exceptional employee performance with quarterly and annual awards.
Equitable Bank keeps its Toronto employees aware of company news with an in-house newsletter.
Excel Funds Management offers its Mississauga employees up to eight personal days off per year.
Fusion Learning Inc. offers its Toronto employees showers for those who cycle or run to work.
Keilhauer Industries, a Toronto furniture manufacturing company, provides summer jobs, paid internships, and co-op work opportunities.
Mabel’s Labels Inc. in Hamilton offers temporary workstations for its telecommuting employees.
North Strategic Inc., a marketing company in Toronto, involves its employees in choosing charities that receive the company’s support, as well as providing employees with paid volunteer time.
Rodan Energy Solutions in Mississauga considers previous work experience when setting vacation entitlement. When deciding where you want to apply for a job, additional perks like those listed above may influence your decision as to who receives your resume.
You may not be made aware of these additional benefits during an interview, but if a job is offered, you have every right to ask if there are any additional employee benefits that are part of the company’s package.
Susan Pratt has a certificate in journalism and has been published in The Globe and Mail, The Mississauga News, and online on the Alphabird site, plus she has over 15 years of experience in Human Resources.