Recognized as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2016)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Mar 28, 2016)
Here are some of the reasons why Broadview Networks Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2016):
- In addition to helping employees save for the longer term, Broadview Networks offers a range of financial benefits, including signing and year-end bonuses for some employees and referral bonuses for employees who help recruit candidates from their network
- Broadview Networks lets everyone share in the company's success through a profit-sharing plan, available to all employees
- Broadview Networks employees enjoy a busy social calendar with events organized throughout the year by a company-subsidized social committee, including a trip to the zoo, a poker night, an archery event and outdoor bocce and ladder golf tournaments
Broadview Networks values clarity and accountability
Accountability, mastery, unity and balance. These are the corporate values of Broadview Networks Inc. that define its workplace culture, says Michael Orloff, President.
"Accountability in particular is at the foundation of everything we do," he explains. "It directs the company, our goals and everyone's roles."
Headquartered in Winnipeg, Broadview is a provider of IT infrastructure support, cloud and managed service solutions. The company operates across Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Its office has striking 15-foot ceilings, a modern open-concept design and an onsite gym.
Broadview is committed to providing staff with clarity around roles and responsibilities to help them become experts in their fields and better manage their careers. At the end of each quarter, employees have a review with management to discuss current projects and potential opportunities. These reviews are a way for the company to have personalized ongoing communication with staff.
"What I like about Broadview's culture is that everyone feels they are doing their part in taking the business forward," says Bradley Lacroix, Managed Services Coordinator. "When the company succeeds, we all know how we contributed."
Lacroix joined Broadview in early 2015. His position involves reporting on existing services and learning about future client needs. Lacroix says Broadview is clear with employees about the expectations and long-term plans for their roles, which is a key differentiator in working at the company.
Broadview's mastery corporate value focuses on employees' continuing education. As the company is part of an industry where technology constantly evolves, it is important that staff stay up to date in their areas of expertise. Broadview encourages them to upgrade certifications they have or take additional courses.
The company has an online portal so employees can track their learning. And at the staff quarterly reviews, time is allocated to discuss continuing education. Broadview also offers in-house training in IT sales, administration and social media.
The company is a supporter of work-life balance. Some employees are on flex time while others work from home. When staff work overtime they are rewarded with paid time off, at one and a half hours for every hour of overtime.
Broadview's unity corporate value focuses on staff morale and relationships with the local community. The company hosts many team building events for employees and also encourages them to get involved with local charities. Suggestions often come from staff and Broadview supports volunteering as well as fundraising.
Over the last year the company has helped numerous charities. Notable campaigns include fundraisers for both heart and stroke and breast cancer awareness. There was a personal reason, notes Orloff, for the company participating in breast cancer awareness.
"An employee of 11 years recently went on leave to fight breast cancer," he explains. "Because of this there was a high level of staff engagement."
Once a month a group of employees takes part in the Toasty Tuesday School Breakfast program. This initiative involves going to a local school and preparing breakfast for disadvantaged kids. Broadview is also a sponsor of Manitoba's Adopt-a-Highway Clean-up program and staff help twice a year with cleaning up a six-km stretch of the local highway.
There are regular social events for employees organized by different departments. Previous activities, notes Lacroix, featured a poker night, a trip to an archery range, go-karting and taco Tuesdays. In addition, management often cooks breakfast for employees arriving in the office early.
Broadview's benefits plan includes health and dental coverage plus an RRSP and profit sharing plan comparable to the provincial government and corporate sector respectively. A financial advisor also comes to the office to meet employees personally. The company even has a dry cleaning service for staff, billed through payroll.
"Broadview has a fantastic employee purchase plan, too," says Lacroix. "We can buy gadgets like computers and phones at company prices and spread the cost over six months, interest free. It is a big perk of working here."