Ernst & Young named among Greater Toronto's Top Employers for 2012

Personal and professional best practices translate to best workplace

TORONTO, Nov. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - Behind every great workplace is a strong corporate culture devoted to its employees' long-term professional and personal development, says Ernst & Young, singled out as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers for 2012.

"Our people are our greatest asset, and that philosophy is at the core of the 'people first' spirit embedded in all that we do as a firm," explains Stephen Shea, Ernst & Young Managing Partner, People. "We work hard to help our people reach their professional and personal goals, and achieve a good work-life balance."

Shea say weaving flexibility into an organization's policies is key to their overall success.

"Creating a flexible work environment is a big part of how we encourage work-life balance," he notes. "Avoiding the one-size-fits-all approach is critical. You've got to establish practices that people can tweak to suit their own needs and goals, and which are flexible enough to offer something for everyone."

From providing a parental leave top-up for new parents to providing a fitness reimbursement that can be used towards equipment, classes or fees, Ernst & Young has worked hard to make their HR benefits broad and inclusive.

"This award tells us we're on the right path here in the GTA, but that doesn't mean we can stop now," explains Eric Rawlinson, Ernst & Young Managing Partner, Greater Toronto Area. "We need to constantly evaluate and re-evaluate our policies and practices to ensure they're in line with the evolving needs and goals of our people. Their knowledge and passion is what makes us a truly great place to work."

Greater Toronto's Top Employers are named annually through a combination of company application and outside research. In addition, Ernst & Young has also been awarded:

  • Best Workplaces in Canada 2011
  • Canada's Top 100 Employers 2010
  • GTA's Top 90 Employers 2010
  • Canada's Best Diversity Employers 2010
  • BC's Progressive Employers of Canada 2010

About Ernst & Young
Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 152,000 people are united by our shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve their potential.

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