Many of the organizations recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 will be profiled as case studies - aka success stories - during the Top Employer Summit taking place today and tomorrow in Toronto. This year marked the 15th anniversary of the competition, which recognizes employers who provide exceptional workplaces for their employees.
This annual competition evaluates organizations on eight different criteria, including: physical workplace; work atmosphere and social; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement.
All three of these organizations are Halogen customers, and while we're pleased to see our customers recognized as top employers (note: another Halogen customer, World Vision Canada, was also recognized) - what we see as the common thread here is their continued focus on the development of their people.
Here's what I think is so interesting about one of the key reasons these healthcare customers won:
- The Hospital for Sick Children's was recognized for its great employee development program that supports "ongoing employee development with a variety of in-house and online training programs, mentoring, a formal management training program...".
- Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre was recognized for being "committed to the long-term development of employees through the establishment of the Leadership Institute, a training facility that hosts a number of programs designed to improve employees' leadership skills".
- St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton was recognized for its recently launched "Leadership Development Program for its Directors and Physician Leaders in partnership with McMaster University's DeGroote School of Business."
Marilyn Reddick, Vice President, Human Resources & Organizational Development for Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre had this to say about receiving this recognition:
"We are so proud to be one of Canada's Top 100 Employers. At Sunnybrook, it is all about our ability to create a culture of engagement, respect and inclusiveness that attracts and inspires talent to achieve excellence. We are excited that our new online performance management program, provided through Halogen, enables us with the ability to have staff and leaders excited about measuring performance, setting personal and professional performance and development goals, and aligning all of this to the employee's individual learning plan. Halogen has made this possible for us; it's a great solution."
According to the 2012 Healthcare Talent Management Survey, talent management best practices such as performance management processes, leadership development and onboarding increase patient satisfaction, lower nursing turnover and increase employee productivity.
Investing in effective talent management practices clearly yields results, and while being recognized as a top employer is wonderful, I think all three of these hospitals would agree that the real win here is creating a high-performance culture where employee productivity and engagement is a top priority.
At Halogen we're proud to support these great organizations in building their world class workforces, and congratulate them on being recognized as some of Canada's Top Employers.
Want to know more about the Canada's Top 100 Employers Competition?
Canada's Top 100 Employers competition is open to any employer with its head office or principle place of business in Canada. Applications for the 2015 awards will open in early 2014 so if you're interested in applying visit the Canada's Top 100 website to learn more.