TORONTO, Nov. 4, 2014 /CNW/ - The 2015 winners of the annual Canada's Top 100 Employers competition were announced this morning, marking the 15th consecutive year for the editorial project.
This year's winners have set new benchmarks across a variety of criteria evaluated by the project's editorial team.
"Each year, we see the baselines improve at the employers chosen for the Top 100," says Richard Yerema, Managing Editor at Mediacorp Canada Inc., which manages the competition. "From the small ripples that each employer's initiatives create, we can recognize a wave that represents the evolving values of the Canadian workplace." Anyone wondering how leading Canadian employers are changing the employment landscape need look no further than the hundred stories released this morning, chronicling the initiatives of this year's winners.
To develop this year's Top 100 list, Mediacorp examined the recruitment histories of over 80,000 employers across Canada that it tracks for its widely-used job search engine, Eluta.ca. From this initial group, editors invited 35,000 active employers that created new jobs in the past year. Employers completed an extensive application process that included a detailed review of their operations and HR practices, comparing them to others in their industry and region.
"It's humbling for us to see employers across Canada take note of what the leaders in their industry are doing," says Anthony Meehan, Publisher at Mediacorp Canada Inc. "Our project has never been about finding the most expensive or over-the-top employee benefits and perks. It's always been about discovering the truly innovative and cost-effective initiatives that every employer in the country can adopt and improve."
The Canada's Top 100 Employers competition is the largest editorial project of its kind in Canada, with thousands of employers taking part in each year's application process. The distinguishing feature of the project is that its editors publish detailed reasons, providing transparency in the selection of winners and practical guidance for job-seekers about exceptional workplaces. Each employer is graded by Mediacorp editors on eight key areas: (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. The same eight criteria have been applied since the competition was launched 15 years ago.
Founded in 1992, Mediacorp Canada Inc. is the nation's largest publisher of employment periodicals and guides. Since 1999, the Toronto-based publisher has managed the annual Canada's Top 100 Employers project, which includes 19 regional and special-interest editorial competitions that reach over 13 million Canadians through a group of newspaper and magazine partners. The publishing firm also operates the popular job search engine, Eluta.ca, which brings job-seekers new job postings from employer websites and editorial reviews from the Canada's Top 100 Employers project. Last year, more than five million Canadians used Eluta.ca, making it the most visited Canadian site among job search engines. Together with Towers Watson, Mediacorp also hosts Canada's largest conference for senior-level HR professionals, the Top Employer Summit, now in its 10th year. This year's conference, taking place November 17-18, 2014 in Vancouver, explores emerging editorial interests for next year's competition and features actress/activist Ashley Judd as keynote speaker.
This year's Top 100 winners were announced in a special magazine in The Globe and Mail this morning. The full list of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2015 and the editors' detailed reasons for selection were also posted this morning at: http://www.CanadasTop100.com/national
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SOURCE: Mediacorp Canada Inc.
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