A great workplace takes great effort:
(Toronto – 24 November 2010) A great workplace isn’t created overnight. It takes commitment to employees’ long-term development and a focus on keeping people engaged, says Ernst & Young, singled out as one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers for 2011.
“Put simply, if we attract and retain the best people, we will deliver the best results for our clients,” says Fiona Macfarlane, EY’s Managing Partner, People. “As a professional services firm, we must provide the highest level of service to our clients, and that means engaging our people to believe that what they do matters. Our people also want to know they’re getting the necessary experiences to grow. Career development is a top priority for employees. They want to know what we can do for them.”
To wit, EY is focused on people development by offering experiential learning through EY University (EYU). The firm also provides its people with flexibility, which is all about finding ways to reach their potential both in and out of the office. The emphasis is on getting the work done, not necessarily on building face time in the office.
“We also encourage our people to work with mentors within the firm, and to learn from one another. Our people have a lot to share, and everyone stands to gain by opening up the lines of communication, talking about goals, working together on strategies,” adds Macfarlane.
“While we’re proud of what we’ve achieved to date, we aren’t about to sit on our laurels. We know there’s still more we can do to reach our firm’s potential and uphold EY’s reputation as a great place to work, where everyone feels their contribution is valued.”
Additionally, EY offers a range of benefits that align with the firm’s goal of helping people achieve their personal as well as their professional goals, including:
- Subsidized backup care service for children, an ill spouse or an elderly relative when a regular care provider is unavailable
- A $10,000 financial assistance program for adoptive parents, in addition to parental leave
- A $1,000 fitness reimbursement that employees can use towards just about any fitness activity — from ski passes to dance classes to the purchase of home gym equipment
Greater Toronto’s Top Employers are named annually through a combination of employee testimonials, company application and outside research. In addition, EY has also been awarded:
- 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
- Best Workplaces in Canada 2009
- Alberta’s Best Workplaces 2009
- Ottawa's Employees’ Choice Awards 2009
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