Employers of Influence: Winners of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition for 2016 are announced

TORONTOCNW – The 2016 winners of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition were announced this morning. The winning organizations collectively employ almost three-quarters of a million Canadians, but their influence on the nation’s employment practices and working conditions extends far beyond.

“This year’s Top 100 winners are influencing Canadians every day, and our goal is to document these leading organizations in the hope that they will inspire change for others,” says Richard Yerema, Managing Editor at Mediacorp Canada Inc., which manages the competition. “We write about the employers that are setting the national benchmarks against which other organizations can compare their own initiatives and hopefully improve.”

This year’s competition saw a record number of employers applying for the Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition.  Mediacorp editors started by examining the recruitment histories of over 85,000 employers that it tracks for its popular job-search engine, Eluta.ca.  From this pool of growing organizations, Mediacorp invited approximately 8,000 employers to submit detailed applications, including a detailed review of their operations and HR practices that compares them to others in their industry and region.

“Effective leaders inspire by example,” says Kristina Leung, Senior Editor of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project at Mediacorp, “and the same is true for organizations.  Our role is to chronicle the stories of employers that lead their industries and regions, so others can take note and improve their own organizations.”

Now in its 16th year, the Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition is an editorial project that recognizes employers with exceptional human resources programs and forward-thinking workplace policies.  Mediacorp editors grade employers on eight criteria, which have remained consistent since the project began: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time-Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; (7) Training & Skills Development; and (8) Community Involvement.  The editors publish detailed reasons for selection and grades for these criteria, providing transparency in the choice of winners and a catalogue of best-practices for employers and job-seekers alike.

Mediacorp Canada Inc. is the nation’s largest publisher of employment periodicals and guides.  Since 1999, the Toronto-based publisher has managed the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, which now includes 19 regional and special-interest editorial competitions that reach over 13 million Canadians annually through newspaper and magazine partners. The publishing firm also operates the popular job search engine, Eluta.ca, which includes editorial reviews from the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project and reaches over 7 million Canadians annually.  With Towers Watson, Mediacorp also organizes Canada’s largest conference for senior-level HR professionals, the Top Employer Summit.  This year’s conference takes place November 16-17, 2015 in Toronto and features former US President Bill Clinton as keynote speaker.

The full list of this year’s Top 100 winners were announced in a special magazine published in The Globe and Mail this morning. The magazine and the editors’ detailed reasons for selection are available online at: http://www.CanadasTop100.com/national

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