October 7, 2011
SickKids wins top employer designation
“This is wonderful news for SickKids,” says Mary Jo Haddad, SickKids President and CEO. “Being named one of Canada’s top employers is recognition of our ongoing commitment to creating a supportive environment for our staff to excel.”
The organizations were chosen from over 2,750 participants from across the country. SickKids is the only paediatric hospital named to the prestigious list.
According to Mediacorp, the organizations chosen offer exceptional workplaces and benefits, and demonstrate “how serious many of the nation’s leading employers are about ensuring they recruit and retain the best employees.”
In its application, SickKids highlighted such things as its excellent staff engagement results (with over 75 per cent for job engagement and 72.7 per cent for organizational engagement); tuition subsidies through the Staff Continuing Professional Development Fund (SCPDF); mentoring and preceptorship program; community involvement and convenient downtown location with onsite cafeteria and occupational health clinic for staff.
Applications are assessed against those of peer organizations for the following 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. This is the thirteenth year Mediacorp has run the award.
Mediacorp acknowledged SickKids for some of the following reasons:
- a family friendly employer that offers fertility drug coverage under its health benefits plan, and supports new parents with maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 84% of salary for 25 weeks) for new mothers and fathers, including adoptive parents
- helps older workers prepare for life after work with retirement planning assistance, a defined benefit pension plan and phased-in retirement work options to help employees ease the transition
- the newest building features an impressive glass atrium with its own "main street" that includes a water fountain feature, glassed-in elevators, suspended walkways and variety of restaurants and cafés
- supports ongoing employee development with a variety of in-house and online training programs, mentoring, subsidies for professional association memberships and tuition subsidies (up to $2,000 per semester) for courses taken at outside institutions
“Our recent staff engagement survey demonstrates that our staff is happy to be part of our community,” says Cheryl Craven, Vice-President, Human Resources. “SickKids has worked hard to ensure that we offer a healthy and safe work environment for our employees and we will continue to do so.”