TORONTO, Dec. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - If you think great workplace benefits and
progressive working conditions are perks only large organizations
offer, then you haven't met Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers for 2014. The new list is being announced at a special presentation in
Toronto today by the editors at the Canada's Top 100 Employers project.
"For several years, we've noticed a growing number of small and medium
enterprises (SMEs) that provide their employees with great benefits and
valuable workplace perks," says Richard Yerema, Managing Editor of the
Canada's Top 100 Employers project at Mediacorp Canada Inc. "Not only
are these SMEs matching many of the workplace policies previously found
only at larger organizations, but their nimble size allows them to
innovate and adapt new programs faster than larger employers."
Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers is a new competition organized by the editorial team at Canada's Top
100 Employers. This project recognizes small and medium enterprises
across Canada that lead the nation in creating exceptional workplaces
with forward-thinking human resources policies. Employers are
evaluated on eight criteria: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work
Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4)
Vacation & Time Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance
Management; (7) Training & Skills Development; and (8) Community
Involvement. To determine eligibility, the Top 100 editors adopted the
SME definition used by Statistics Canada, limiting the competition to
private-sector commercial organizations with under 500 employees.
"This new competition recognizes the vital role that small and medium
enterprises play in the working lives of most Canadians and the
nation's economy," says Tony Meehan, Publisher at Mediacorp. "Small
and medium enterprises employ almost two-thirds (63.7%) of
private-sector employees in Canada and account for over half of the
nation's gross domestic product."
The awards presentation for this year's 50 winners will take place at
noon today at the Toronto Board of Trade. The winning employers are
also being announced this morning on globeandmail.com and on our popular job search engine Eluta.ca. Our editors' detailed reasons for selection - highlighting the unique
initiatives at each winner - were released this morning on the
competition's homepage: www.canadastop100.com/sme
The full list of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers for 2014, with our editors' detailed reasons for selecting each winner,
was posted this morning at:
SOURCE: Mediacorp Canada Inc.
For further information:
contact: Kristina Leung, Editor, 416-964-6069 x1464