Best Workplaces in Canada Legends: Great Workplace Cultures That Stand the Test of Time

Best Workplaces in Canada Legends: Great Workplace Cultures That Stand the Test of Time

Great workplace cultures are built to last. Our recently published list of Best Workplaces™ in Canada included a handful of very special organizations that are in it for the long haul. This month, Great Place to Work would like to endorse our ‘Legends’, organizations that have been named to our Best Workplaces™ in Canada list for 10 years or more!

So what keeps these organizations coming back year after year? Sure, the branding as one of the Best Workplaces™ in Canada is nice, (OK, really nice), but the real motivation for embarking on this journey lies much deeper, in a sincere belief that people are the heart of their business.

The Legends

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Our Best Workplace™ Legends live out this commitment to their people in many creative ways:

They develop

JOEY Restaurants Group promotes from within. All positions are posted internally and 95% of their management team has come from a front-line position.

“We are not in the food and beverage business, we are in the people development business.”
- Jeff Fuller, Founder and Owner of JOEY Restaurant Group

They inspire

O2E has an interactive website where team members share their life goals. Colleagues and Goal Ambassadors cheerlead to help each other succeed. Workshops, personal stories, and Ted Talk style presentations keep everyone motivated.

“There's a great difference between making a living and making a life. We try to help our people focus on making a life.”
- Brian Scudamore, Founder and CEO

They empower

The $1000 Well-Being for Life incentive at Intuit covers physical, emotional and financial well-being services such as massages, meditation, Headspace App, sports equipment, camping gear, financial advising services, house cleaning, and activity-tracking devices (e.g. Apple Watch).

"At Intuit, our employees always come first. The decisions we make ensure that we enable our teams to do the best work of their lives so that they can make an impact on the lives of our customers."
- Jeff Cates, President, Intuit Canada

They invest

Staff at Trico Homes receive a discount of up to five percent on new home purchases. They also have priority access to lots and other pre-construction items. While the discount is taxable income, it's a great perk.

“A strong culture is carefully crafted and nurtured. It cares for and invests in its people, fosters diversity, inspires happiness and continually embraces change.”
- Wayne Chiu, CEO and Founder

What makes them great?

Read more about each of these legends to know what makes them stand out.

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Great Place to Work® publishes a series of Best Workplaces™ lists based on feedback from more than 300,000 employees at Great Place to Work Certified™ organizations across all industries in Canada. Employees complete an anonymous Trust Index© survey, answering questions about how frequently they experience behaviors that create a great workplace, including, the transparency of communication, degree of collaboration, quality of benefits programs, opportunity for professional development, and support for work-life balance. If 7/10 employees respond positively to the survey, the organization becomes Great Place to Work Certified™ for one year. Results from the survey are highly reliable, having a 95% confidence level with +/- 5% margin of error.

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