Award Ceremony Presented By Morneau Shepell & Globe and Mail
(Toronto, ON) June 22, 2017 – Canada's leading corporate trade company, Active International, was honoured to be recognized for their highly engaged and healthy workforces in Canada. They were awarded as a finalist for the Employee Recommended Workplace Award at the ceremony held at the new Globe and Mail building in Toronto Wednesday. The initiative presented by Morneau Shepell and The Globe and Mail recognizes Canadian organizations that have successfully fostered healthy working conditions for their employees. Active International was one of 32 finalists from across Canada honoured at the ceremony. It is the first award of its kind to have winners determined by an organization's own employees.
To qualify, the total health of a company’s workforce was evaluated in four areas: physical, mental, work and life, through a confidential survey completed by the employees themselves. Finalists for the award have a total health score of 69% or more, reflecting a healthy workplace where employees are thriving. Active International’s score was a whopping 75%, making them a true leader in employee culture and health in Canada. Highlights of their employee health report card include: Work health - 76% active or optimal, Life Balance – 75% active or optimal, and Mental health – 68% active or optimal.
“Getting honoured as a finalist for the Employee Recommended Workplace Award is validation that the culture and values we foster at Active International are being well received by our employees,” said Andrew Bulmer, SVP and Managing Director, Active International. “Our commitment to ensuring we create an environment that encourages support, growth and trust among our team has not wavered. We are looking forward to using this honour as momentum to keep raising the bar”.
Some of the initiatives that Active participates in internally include a flexible work policy where employees have the option of working from home twice a week, a “Culture Club” that oversees creating positive experiences in the office, a global senior leadership program called Agile Leadership, and a commitment to work-life balance by supporting employees through big life transitions like an out of province move or a leave of absence. Additional perks such as RRSP matching, gym subsidies, daily healthy snacks, a charitable contribution matching program for up to $250, and a relaxed dress code also contribute to staff retention and attracting top talent to the organization.
The Employee Recommended Workplace Award is the first of its kind to have winners determined by an organization's own employees. Employees of participating organizations fill out an online survey where they are asked to rate themselves on the four key pillars of total health: physical, mental, work and life. Extending beyond a basic engagement survey or health risk assessment, participating employees receive insights into their own personal health risks, suggested strategies for coping and access to resources to help manage their work and personal lives. For participating companies, the aggregated summary of the total health score for their workforce identifies areas of strength and where more work may be needed to improve.