Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Nov 6, 2016)
Here are some of the reasons why Ceridian was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017) and Manitoba's Top Employers (2017):
- Beyond their defined contribution pension program, Ceridian employees can take advantage of a variety of helpful financial benefits including new employee referral bonuses (up to $5,000), a personal computer purchase plan, subsidized home internet, discounted home loans and auto lease rates, and even discounts on pet insurance
- Ceridian established the registered charity "Ceridian Cares" to assist individuals and families in communities where the company operates across Canada -- over $360,000 was raised through payroll deductions, fundraising activities and an annual corporate contribution last year, with funds distributed to over 200 individuals, families and other registered charities
- Ceridian helps employees who want to start a family with maternity leave top-up payments for new mothers, a generous adoption subsidy (to $5,000) for families looking to adopt a child, and a post-secondary scholarship program (to $3,000) for employees with college-aged children (recently awarding 12 new scholarships and renewing 18 existing scholarships in the past year)
At Ceridian, it pays to be 'people-centric'
When Celine DuPuis arrived at her job in the Toronto office of Ceridian one day, she noticed something unexpected waiting for her and her colleagues on each of their desks. It was a chocolate bar with a sign reading "Payday is Awesome!"
For DuPuis, Product Marketing Manager with the human capital management technology provider, that small gesture is very much in keeping with the big picture at Ceridian, where making employees feel appreciated and valued is a top priority.
It's that positive culture that attracted DuPuis to Ceridian. Disenchanted with a former employer, she set out on a job search that led to two offers. Favorable impressions throughout the interview process, plus glowing reviews from an insider, a former classmate who described the company as "the best place to work in the entire world," settled the matter and DuPuis joined Ceridian in April 2015.
She says it's the best decision she's ever made. "The leadership here really care about the employees," says DuPuis. "Things like an email thanking you for a job well done shows they're paying attention and that's super motivational."
With nine offices in Canada, including main offices in Toronto and Winnipeg, Ceridian offers careers in technology, sales and marketing, customer service and corporate fields such as finance and legal affairs. Ceridian is a global company, serving small, medium and large organizations across the globe.
Ceridian takes its expertise in helping clients recruit, manage and pay top talent and applies it conscien-tiously to its own operations. Beyond practising what it preaches, Ceridian is guided by what Lisa Sterling, Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer, describes as a "people-centric" organizational philosophy and culture.
"We believe that by doing right by our people, everything else falls into place," Sterling explains. "If we have a loyal, passionate and engaged workforce, they're going to be more productive and will provide a superior experience for our customers."
At a time when some corporations are trying to reduce their obligations, Ceridian offers a defined contribution pension program, as well a variety of other financial benefits. Employees can, for instance, take advantage of subsidized home internet, discounted home loans and auto lease rates, and even discounts on pet insurance.
Sterling says Ceridian sees such measures not as a cost of doing business, but as an investment in the future. "Employees make a commitment to us with their time, and we give back by demonstrating we're committed to them," she says.
"Part of our people-centric philosophy can be seen in our focus on career growth. Ceridian has programs to identify and develop high performers and high potentials that allow them to take the career path that is most natural and desired by them. We offer a range of ways for employees to get the experience they need. Among them are tuition reimbursement, job rotation programs and opportunities to explore careers elsewhere in some of Ceridian's global operations."
Ceridian is also committed to work-life balance, and flexibility underscores many of the initiatives aimed at helping employees achieve it. For some, this means telecommuting. "We believe in making people's work life better and if working virtually reduces a commute and gives a person more time with their family, then we want to accommodate them as much as possible," says Sterling.
Another strong point, adds DuPuis, is the stress-free ability to set dental and other personal appointments during office hours. But what she appreciates most is the message Ceridian is sending about how it values and trusts its employees. "That level of respect," she says, "translates into my work happiness."