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."
Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017)
By Kristina Leung and Richard Yerema, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 9, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Ceridian was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017):
- Ceridian offers New Grad Boot Camp, an 8-week curriculum for university interns and new grads in technical, project or business streams -- participants receive product configuration and skills training, a departmental buddy and a dedicated mentor, and participate in "day-in-the-life" experiences, job shadowing, team-building and networking events
- Through the Career Talk program, Ceridian employees can meet with HR team members to receive counselling and feedback on topics such as resume preparation and review, interview preparation and networking tips
- Ceridian's Top Talent Program provides employees with an opportunity to develop leadership and business acumen skills through dedicated training, mentorship and project management -- participating employees are matched with a senior leader for 6 months, attend two in-person workshops with senior leaders and work in a team environment to address a chosen project (with results presented to the company's senior leadership team)
At Ceridian, career growth starts on Day 1
When Jesaiah Mills joined Ceridian just two days after graduating from university, he was keen to work for an employer known to offer a wealth of opportunities for career growth. With three promotions in just over four years, things have turned out even better than Mills had hoped. He now leads implementation project teams at the human capital management technology company.
"Ceridian has provided me with a career program I never could have dreamed of," says Mills. "They have given me the opportunity to grow and develop, personally as well as professionally."
Implementation is the second of three key stages in Ceridian's relationship with its customers. After the sale is completed and before customer support takes over, Mills' team is responsible for configuring, testing and modifying Ceridian's cloud-based Dayforce Human Capital Management solution. "No two customers are alike," says Mills, whose degree in mechanical engineering reveals a predilection for analysis and problem-solving. "I really enjoy making sure each customer has exactly what they need."
Up next for Mills, who has already benefitted from several of Ceridian's development programs, is its Top Talent Program. This program provides participants with opportunities to develop leadership and business acumen skills as well as enhance their career through training, mentorship with senior leaders and project management experience.
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, HR and legal affairs. Ceridian is a global company, serving small, medium and large organizations across the world.
Lisa Sterling, Chief People Officer, describes how Ceridian pays special attention to the on-boarding stage, which is crucial to each employee's success. "We make sure people get acclimatized not just to their job, but to our culture," she says. "We're setting them up to be connected and productive before they arrive on Day 1. It's also a time for them to collaborate with others and start building relationships throughout the organization."
For university interns and recent graduates, Ceridian offers New Grad Boot Camp. In the four- to six-week intense program, employees learn about the company's culture and products, take part in team-building and networking events, job shadow in different departments and develop rapport with a dedicated mentor.
As well as formal training and development programs, Ceridian has an array of methods for employees to get the experience they need. These include financial educational assistance and subsidies for professional accreditation, job rotation programs and opportunities to explore careers elsewhere in some of Ceridian's global operations.
This focus on career growth is key to attracting and retaining today's young workers, notes Sterling. So too is employee engagement, for which Ceridian has multiple strategies, including flexible benefits, providing recognition and rewards, and encouraging open communication and collaboration.
Ceridian also believes a little workplace levity goes a long way. At each location, the company funds "Fun at Work" committees, run by employee volunteers whose initiatives create opportunities for teamwork and fun. They have included everything from shuffleboard tournaments and gingerbread house competitions to "shorts Fridays" where employees donate $2 to wear shorts at work with the money going to charity.
Sterling says there is a clear message behind all the measures Ceridian takes to make employees' work life better - the company truly cares about their well-being. "We work hard, we play hard and we celebrate life's wins," says Sterling. "We want people to feel they're a part of something amazing: the Ceridian family."
According to Mills, it's working. "I feel valued knowing the company would go to such lengths for me," he says. "It's clear Ceridian values me not only as an employee, but as a person."