Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Mar 8, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why BC Housing Management Commission was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2017):
- In keeping with their mandate, BC Housing encourages employees to get involved in the community with paid time off to volunteer with their favourite charitable organizations (up to 3 days each year) and matching charitable donations (to $100 annually)
- BC Housing employees are encouraged to stay fit with free access to an onsite fitness facility that features rowing machines, weights, stationary bikes and instructor-led classes such as yoga, pilates and boot camp
- BC Housing offers exceptional maternity and parental leave top-up payments for its new moms (to 85% of salary for the first 17 weeks followed by 75% of salary for an additional 35 weeks) as well as parental top-up for new dads and adoptive parents (to 75% of salary for 35 weeks)
Making a difference in people's lives at BC Housing
After a decade with BC Housing, Bruk Melles is as motivated and committed as she was on day one. As Director of Supportive Housing and Programs, Melles lives out the Crown corporation's central mandate, which is to assist renters and provide emergency and subsidized housing for low-income families, the homeless and the disabled.
"The number one appeal of this job is the ability to make a difference," says Melles. "I always go home at night just thankful for what we are able to do and I'm happy coming to work every morning, knowing this is meaningful work."
Making an impact through safe, affordable and quality housing is a shared passion for BC Housing employees. Observes CEO Shayne Ramsay: "We have employees in incredibly wide-ranging jobs and what every one of us has in common is a desire to make a meaningful difference in people's lives and communities. We hire for a wide range of skills and experiences - and at the end of the day, it's dedication and compassion that define our people."
BC Housing's workplace is guided by its People Strategy, a wide-ranging set of initiatives designed to ensure employees receive services, training, support and ongoing programming in six key areas - leadership and learning; recruitment, retention and advancement; rewards and recognition; health, safety and wellness; employee communication; and social responsibility.
"We know our ability to deliver on our priorities comes down to the dedicated folks who work here," says Ramsay. "Our People Strategy supports them and gives them the tools they need to reach their full potential."
Every employee receives training in the core competencies of communication, personal effectiveness, results, teamwork and service. Recognized leadership programs, job-specific skills training, mentoring and educational subsidies are also provided.
"We have a strong focus on training opportunities because we know that we all do best when we are developing personally and professionally," says Agnes Ross, Vice President of Human Resources.
"Our coaching and training programs create resiliency in our workplace and help our people bring new ideas to the table."
Melles confirms that BC Housing, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, provides a progressive and inclusive workplace culture where employees are encouraged to make their voices heard.
"I can't overstate the importance of working with such a passionate group of people," she says. "We have good opportunities for dialogue and to give our input. All of that helps people feel a commitment to the work and the organization."
Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Apr 20, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why BC Housing Management Commission was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017):
- BC Housing is committed to ensuring that all new housing projects are constructed to LEED Gold certification standards and, in partnership with its non-profit housing partners, has registered over 55 buildings with the Canadian Green Building Council -- additionally, the agency has reduced its energy consumption by 25 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by over 30 percent as part of its multi-year social housing renovation program
- BC Housing's employee-led "livegreen Employee Council" encourages all employees to make sustainable choices at home and at work -- the group works towards specific objectives developed around the annual Sustainability Survey, including encouraging alternative transit (over 51 percent of employees bike, walk or take transit to work), ongoing office composting, and a number of environmental initiatives to raise awareness throughout the year
- Every year, the livegreen Employee Council organizes two recycling weeks to collect almost everything from their homes and offices -- the initiative ensures the proper recycling and disposal of appliances, electronics and computers, styrofoam, batteries, light bulbs, and household paints and chemicals