Only Communications and Public Affairs Firm Named to the "Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Top 100 Employers" List
TORONTO, Dec. 8, 2014 /CNW/ - Staying up-to-date on current trends and delivering creative solutions go part and parcel with being a topnotch communications specialist. On the agency side, clients are looking for the best and brightest ideas to support their business objectives and resonate with their audiences. With a team of top consultants, GCI Group is the only communications and public affairs firm to be named in today's "2015 Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Top 100 Employers" list by MediaCorp.
"We are honoured to be selected as one of the top employers in Toronto," said Marion MacKenzie, President, GCI. "Our products are great ideas and solutions for clients, and for those, we depend on our stellar team. We know an enriching and appreciative work environment results in higher employee engagement, creativity and commitment to excellence. We also want to congratulate all of our clients who were included on this list for being recognized as top employers this year."
Standout Employee Benefits
Out of the 1,000 companies who applied for the award, GCI's key strengths include its excellent health benefits and numerous internal wellness programs. An RSP contribution matching program; paternity & maternity leave top up plans for new and adoptive parents; and three weeks paid vacation and time off during the December holidays for all employees were just a few of the standout benefits.
"We are always asking ourselves, what can we do better?," said MacKenzie. "GCI provides a cultural program membership to such organizations as the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Toronto International Film Festival. The purpose is to nurture the team's creativity in a different environment and also provides a venue for them to spend some down time with family and friends."
"On any Friday GCI pet friends, Victory, Brinkley and Lola can also be found roaming the halls hunting for treats," continued MacKenzie. "Our GCI Salon series has interesting, and sometimes provocative, speakers come in on a Friday afternoon and chat about what might be going on in the world such as new developments in health innovation, the implications of the last provincial election and the latest consumer behavior research."
Stress Relief Solutions & Comfortable Atmosphere
Managing priorities and focusing on wellness is a critical life skill for those working in professional services. GCI employees enjoy lunch-and-learn sessions on ergonomic sitting, movement, stress management and mindfulness exercises. Additionally, there are weekly de-stress sessions, such as Qigong or stretch classes, either on the GCI rooftop overlooking the city, or in "The Cabin", a relaxation area in a quiet corner of the GCI offices.
Continuous Learning & Professional Development
The GCI Academy is a cornerstone of the staff experience. Employees are invited to learn from each other or outside sources about topics ranging from the latest marketing insights to networking skills. As part of the greater network of WPP companies, the world's largest communications services group, employees are also eligible to attend North American mini-MBA sessions hosted by top educators.
About GCI Group
GCI is a Canadian leader in the communications and public affairs sector with deep expertise in the areas of consumer, healthcare, technology, public affairs, corporate communications and social media. GCI Group services a broad client base, combining the aggressiveness and agility of a specialty boutique with the depth and breadth of a dynamic multinational agency. GCI is a member of the WPP Group of companies, one of the world's leading communications families. Visit gcicanada.com for more information.
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SOURCE: GCI Group
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