Meet the Best Places to Work 2019 Large Business recipients
Sifton Properties Limited
Industry: Real Estate Development / Homebuilding / Commercial Properties / Retirement Living
Year Founded: 1923
Overall Engagement: 83.57%
Net Promoter: 90.07%
SIFTON PROPERTIES LIMITED is a family-owned company that began building new homes in 1923 and, over the years, has diversified into neighbourhood development, office construction and leasing, retail construction and leasing, industrial construction and leasing, residential rental accommodation and retirement living.
Why we think our organization is a great place to work: Our employees are an extension of the Sifton family. We operate with a family-based culture where we trust, understand and support each other. We care about each individual, their families, their personal and business goals, and their growth. We grow through collaboration, innovation and open communication, while demonstrating the utmost respect and integrity.
Examples of implemented actions that make our organization a great place for employees: Our company-wide online recognition program, STARS, is available for all team members to express appreciation to each other for a job well done or to thank someone for a special effort that made your day. It supports our company culture in that we value our relationships and strive for a positive work experience for everyone. Employee communication is also very important, and at Sifton we have an internal intranet that all team members can access to learn about valuable corporate information, up-to-date news, job postings and even buy and sell household items.
What our employees are saying: “What I enjoy the most about being here is working with a variety of people. During my time here, I’ve been a part of many changes and have experienced firsthand the growth of our company. I find it both challenging and rewarding to be a part of something bigger, focusing on getting stronger and better at what we do. While we’ve become a larger company over the years, we’re still connected very much with others—our co-worker, our customers and our community.” —Susan Brady, HR Manager
Libro Credit Union
Industry: Banking and Financial Services / Credit Unions
Year Founded: 1951
Overall Engagement: 81.78%
Net Promoter: 91.82%
LIBRO IS SOUTHWESTERN Ontario’s largest credit union with more than 103,000 owners across the regions. As a co-operative financial institution, Libro offers a full range of financial products and services for consumers, businesses and farms, including savings and chequing, investing and borrowing.
Why we think our organization is a great place to work: It all comes from our purpose: to grow prosperity in Southwestern Ontario by transforming banking. As part of a member/customer-owned organization, we share a passion about making a difference for the people and communities we serve. This is possible through dedication to building and maintaining our vibrant culture, exceptional employee engagement and progressive people-centric mindset. Careers at Libro are based on individualized coaching, mutual respect and long-term success, with the focus on the staff member’s goals.
Examples of implemented actions that make our organization a great place for employees: Hiring philosophy: Our approach to developing talent and promoting from within the organization, with a focus on career coaching Wellness program: Emphasizing work-life balance, supported through a holistic program that includes personalized wellness coaching. Recognition and rewards: Prioritizing a culture that recognizes the efforts, learnings and successes of staff.
What our employees are saying: “I love working for Libro because I’m part of something that’s different from a bank. We’re a diverse group of people working together for the same purpose, and there’s a great sense of community engagement as well.” —Taylor Biggelaar, Financial Service Representative, London East Branch
Harrison Pensa LLP
Industry: Legal Services
Year Founded: 1999
Overall Engagement: 79.97%
Net Promoter: 81.94%
HARRISON PENSA IS a full-service law firm with expertise in business law, litigation and personal legal services including family, wills and estate and personal injury law. The firm services personal and business clients throughout Southwestern Ontario, across Canada and internationally.
Why we think our organization is a great place to work: Harrison Pensa is a team that values its employees and their contributions. We recognize that our staff members are key in delivering outstanding client service and we provide a supportive and respective work environment with experienced colleagues to empower and encourage our employees to thrive in their careers. We acknowledge that each team member has unique skills that contribute to our success, as well as unique priorities outside of work that need to be balanced.
Examples of implemented actions that make our organization a great place for employees: One of the many factors that sets us apart is our dedication to serving the community and causes important to our employees. We encourage our team to pursue their community passions, get involved and lead in efforts to serve and assist. In addition to caring for others, we encourage employees to care for themselves. We value workplace wellness and offer an on-site fitness centre with personal trainers, nutrition experts and ongoing health and wellness information.
What our employees are saying: “The environment at HP is friendly and inviting with a true spirit of community. In addition to doing great legal work alongside some of the finest lawyers, the firm is passionate about giving back to those less fortunate. HP also cares about the wellbeing of its employees and we are supported in our efforts to be healthy and happy. HP is a great place to work! — Jill Terpstra, Legal Assistant
Thames Valley Family Health Team
Industry: Heathcare / Health Services
Year Founded: 2007
Overall Engagement: 78.12%
Net Promoter: 79.44%
THE THAMES VALLEY Family Health Team is comprised of family doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, pharmacists, dietitians, respiratory therapists and occupational therapists providing team-based primary healthcare to over 158,000 patients across London/Middlesex, Oxford and Elgin counties.