Recognized as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Apr 24, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Accompass was selected as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2017):
- Accompass encourages employees to save for the future with contributions to a matching RSP plan and lets everyone share in the company's success with year-end bonuses
- Accompass supports employees who are new moms with maternity leave top-up payments (to 100% of salary for up to 6 weeks) and follows-up with a variety of alternative work options to help employees balance their work and personal lives
- Accompass employees enjoy a number of fun events during the year, from an urban scavenger hunt to an annual ping pong tournament to a summer ice cream day served by the company's CEO
Accompass values its hand-picked talent
For Wakeef Hussain, an Associate Consultant with Accompass, it was a case of love at first site. Website, that is.
The finance and statistics graduate from the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University first came across the Toronto-based human resources consulting firm online when he started job hunting about 18 months ago. "You can see from the site how modern and clean the firm is," he recalls, "so that was definitely a plus from my perspective."
The hiring process took a little longer. Hussain met with executives and staff several times before receiving an offer. That's par for the course at the company. "It's as much about the right fit for the person coming in as it is for us -- so it's really a two-way street," says Accompass President Sarah Beech. "As a result, we have very low turnover."
The process also reflects the firm's focus on building enjoyable, enduring connections among colleagues and customers. "I'm proud of the hand-picked talent that we've patiently brought together over the past 20 years," says Founder and CEO Michael Worb. "My vision since we started was for an amazing work experience that inspires our teams' best efforts in building lasting client relationships."
For Hussain, Accompass offers a supportive, collaborative culture that balances engaging work with professional excellence and a strong sense of fun. "It's a very flat structure, and your opinion is really accounted for -- even for from someone as junior as me," he notes. "It's really nice when someone is new and people consider what you're thinking."
Creating a strong, diverse team environment is essential for delivering exceptional customer experiences, explains Beech, and has helped fuel the company's rapid growth in the past five years. "In order to deliver for our clients, we rely on the breadth and depth of every member of our team, so every role is critical," she adds. "Everyone has a voice, and we encourage idea creation."
To keep everyone informed of significant developments, Accompass holds quarterly town hall meetings. Strong bonds are also forged through frequent team-building events, like a Survivor-style challenge last summer, a family baseball day, and a heart-healthy smoothie bar on Valentine's Day this year.
The Kudos peer recognition program encourages colleagues to thank each other for special efforts. "Accompass shows its own appreciation for employees in a wide variety of ways," says Amy Gasparini, Associate Vice-President, Benefits & Health. "It ranges from everything such as getting your birthday off to extra long weekends in the summer."
The company respects a healthy work-life balance, adds Gasparini. It supports new moms on staff with maternity leave top-up payments to 100 per cent of salary for up to six weeks, and offers a variety of alternative work options to help employees balance their work and personal lives.
Accompass encourages employees to save for the future with contributions to a matching RSP plan. And it lets everyone share in the company's success with year-end bonuses for all. Tuition subsidies for career-related courses are also available to help employees advance professionally.
Support for employees is expressed in a lot of little ways, says Gasparini. That includes fresh fruit, healthy snacks, and a kitchen on each floor with a fully stocked refrigerator and pantry. "It's a great perk," she notes, "whereas, if you go to work somewhere else, you're not really going to have that."