“The people make working here the best – knowledgeable, friendly, caring and compassionate people.” – Jana Lee, commercial associate, Rogers
The investment doesn’t stop there, though. Rogers has an ownership plan similar to stock options, but all staff, regardless of position, are allowed to buy shares in the company after two years. “Then we all work towards growing value,” Mather says, emphasizing how this provides incentive to all employees. She says the company, which is almost 40 years old, has doubled in size in the last five years. Perhaps the most striking example of employee investment is Rogers’ Dream Program, where four employees are chosen to receive $10,000 towards their dream. It’s obvious why companies implement things like the Dream Program when the economy is hot and it’s trying to recruit the industry’s top talent. But it takes determination to continue them in a downturn. “We’ve had more budgetary constraints than in growth years, but we’re trying hard to still keep a lot of our culture initiatives and not cut things,” Mather says. For Mather herself, she enjoys the freedom and flexibility “to create initiatives that I think add value and will have the biggest impact,” she says. That, along with smaller perks, like bringing in her dog, Lexus.
BioWare, Edmonton BioWare’s parent company, Electronic Arts, has studios all over the world, allowing the company to offer internal transfers lasting anywhere from three months to two years.
County of Grande Prairie The County offers training not just in an employee’s specific field, but in other areas of interest, too.
ENTREC, Acheson Entrec offers comprehensive benefits, flexible work schedules, fitness reimbursements and, to key employees, restricted shares in the company.
Strategic Group, Calgary Strategic has made a point of supporting women in the workplace, including a relationship with the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association, which has placed a number of women with Strategic.