Melcor builds communities – not just in cities around Alberta, but within the walls of its own offices. For the Edmonton-based development company, it’s the small things that build trust among employees and their bosses. Whether it’s flexible work hours to accommodate dentist appointments or a softball game between executives and staff, Melcor uses simple gestures to empower workers, says Emma Ryks, with Melcor’s department of human resources. And empowered workers are the heart of Melcor’s success. “When people know they’re supported by the employer, they go into business transactions with a little more confidence,” says Ryks. “They’re going into it with a certain level of pride. I think when you’re dealing with someone who’s not only proud but confident in the brand that’s backing them, that helps us start to finish through business deals.” That’s certainly the case for Gregg Broks, a senior development manager at Melcor’s Red Deer office for more than eight years. When Broks joined the company eight years ago, he was encouraged to split his day between work and volunteer opportunities. So he signed up to volunteer with Junior Achievement, a mentorship program that encourages young Albertans to get involved in business. Today, Broks is chair of the Central Alberta Rural Leadership Council for Junior Achievement, and a volunteer with the United Way Audit Committee. “I am proud to walk the streets of our communities and see the healthy living, learning and working that becomes the fabric of our society,” says Broks. “I am fortunate to be supported in my personal and professional endeavours to build strong communities.” However, Melcor employees’ commitment to volunteerism doesn’t start when they leave the office. Melcor’s unique social planning committee organizes volunteering opportunities that employees can participate in as a group. True to its name, the committee organizes social events, as well: a casino night, a movie night, a barbecue on Melcor’s rural land, a ski trip and a curling bonspiel. “The Christmas party is comparable to a wedding with dinner, drinks and dancing,” says Eric Macaulay, a corporate accountant with the company for two years. “Children and spouses are encouraged to attend, which only further develops Melcor’s culture and close relationships.”

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