Georgian College has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers in a national competition – for the seventh time in 11 years.
Georgian is the only college to be selected for the 2014 award. Canada’s Top 100 Employers is an annual competition that recognizes Canada’s best places to work. The award honours companies and organizations that lead their industry sector in attracting and retaining employees.
“We are privileged to be recognized as a top employer, not just once but seven times,” said MaryLynn West-Moynes, Georgian President and CEO. “Much of the credit goes to our employees. They help make Georgian a Top 100 employer by fostering an outstanding environment in which our students can study and learn. Their passion, dedication and creativity also make Georgian one of the most coveted employers in our region.”
Judges for the Top 100 award sift through applications from more than 10,000 Canadian employers before selecting the best in each category. Winners will be honoured at an awards ceremony in Toronto in November.
Employers are evaluated using eight criteria – physical workplace, work atmosphere, health, financial and family benefits, vacation and time off, employee communications, performance management, training and skills development, and community involvement.
Canada’s Top 100 Employers cites many reasons for choosing Georgian, ranging from an outstanding physical workplace to superior financial and family-friendly benefits, to Georgian staff involvement in the community.
Georgian’s physical workplace is rated as exceptional. In particular, judges cite the new Sadlon Centre for Health, Wellness and Sciences which includes advanced classrooms and labs for students, as well as student-run health clinics offering services in such areas as oral health, massage therapy and speech, language and hearing.
The Sadlon Centre for Health, Wellness and Sciences’s physical characteristics also help make Georgian an environmental leader. The building incorporates a variety of environmental technologies including solar energy, energy efficient lighting, a rainwater recovery system and geothermal heating.
Judges scored Georgian’s work atmosphere as “very good” and the college’s community involvement program as “above average,” citing strong employee support for charities.
Additional reasons include:
- Great family-friendly benefits, including outstanding maternity and parental leave top-up payments
- Georgian encourages ongoing employee development with subsidies for tuition and professional accreditation, in-house and online training programs and career planning services
- New employees start with a minimum of three weeks paid vacation
Check out the story about Georgian’s win in the Globe and Mail.