Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Nov 8, 2015)
Here are some of the reasons why Deloitte LLP was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2016):
Here are some of the reasons why Deloitte LLP was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016):
- Deloitte supports new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments (to 100% of salary for 17 weeks) as well as an option to extend their leave to an unpaid leave of absence and a daycare subsidy when they're ready to return to work -- and is also one of a few firms that offers a generous subsidy to help cover the costs of adoption, to $20,000 per child
- As part of Deloitte's "Workplace of the Future" strategy, the firm is in the process of building new offices designed to address the changing nature of work, from unassigned and collaborative work spaces to standing (and even treadmill) workstations that are open for employees to choose as needed and desired
- As part of their health benefits plan that includes family coverage, Deloitte employees can take advantage of the flexible "My Benefit Dollars" program that provides employees $1,300 annually to allocate as needed for health coverage and wellness activities
- A global employer, Deloitte encourages employees to apply for extended work terms at its offices worldwide (for up to 2 years) or take advantage of shorter work-exchange opportunities at offices in Australia, New Zealand, India and South America
Deloitte has towering support for its employees
Maddie Buttinger knows all about how Deloitte goes out of its way to support its employees. As an Olympic hopeful, she is now training full-time far from home - with financial backing from Deloitte, and with her job as a forensic analyst waiting for her when she returns next year.
"The support I've had from the company has been amazing," says Buttinger. "I've been able to follow both my passions - athletics and my career - without having to choose. I've been able to pursue my Olympic dream."
Toronto-based Buttinger competes in the heptathlon, a gruelling seven-event, two-day contest that, for women, involves 100 metres hurdles, high-jump, shot put, long jump, javelin, and 200- and 800-metre races. She became Canadian national champion in 2015, after a six-week training stint at the renowned World Athletics Center, or Altis, in Phoenix, Arizona, that Deloitte gave her time off to do.
Now she is in Phoenix again to prepare for competitions in the spring and the Canadian Olympic trials in June. If she makes it through, she'll compete in the Summer Games in Rio in August.
Even when she started at Deloitte in 2013, having missed the 2012 Olympics due to injury, Buttinger was able to take on a five-hour-a-day schedule so she could train in Toronto while working. She says she loves her job, which often involves document investigations that support court testimony on a client's behalf. "I've always been interested in law," says Buttinger, who got her business degree in finance from the University of Notre Dame in 2012.
She also loves Deloitte's approach to people. "It's a very large global company, obviously, but what I find unique is that they really do value their employees," she says. "You don't feel like one person in a giant organization. Everyone at the firm, from the partners on down, is very supportive of every individual person."
That approach is no accident, notes Jason Winkler, Managing Partner, Talent. As Canada's largest professional services firm, "we sell advice and brains," he says. "What we look for are critical thinkers who can give practical advice to clients, and people who can be collaborative in their approach and engage with clients."
That means creating an environment where some of the brightest people in the country can thrive, he says. When people need flexible arrangements, Deloitte finds ways to support them.
"If we can be the best organization at connecting people's personal and professional aspirations to the firm's growth and performance ambitions, we hit the bull's eye," says Winkler.
The firm is also making major changes to how its people work, strengthening their connections through its Workplace of the Future strategy. Across Canada, Deloitte has revolutionized its offices and built two brand new office towers in Montreal and Toronto. These new workplaces offer much more space for collaboration and "accidental connections," when people run into each other and sit down to get work done. There are no permanent workstations or offices, even for top executives, and employees book the spaces they will need on a given day, whether for client meetings, internal collaboration or solitary work. Laptops and tablets keep them connected.
The new environment also includes an emphasis on wellness, not only in terms of yoga studios and meditation rooms, but spaces for seminars and advice sessions on potentially stressful situations like personal finance or eldercare.
"Our Workplace of the Future is the largest single investment we've made as a firm," says Frank Vettese, Managing Partner and Chief Executive. "It's all about making Deloitte a destination where our people, our clients and our communities come together to, as we like to say, 'do extraordinary work and have extraordinary experiences'."
Vettese sees it as a game-changer for a company whose fundamental work is thinking. "Ultimately, it's about mindset - breaking down the barriers, including the physical ones, that keep us from truly connecting," he says. "We are being much more intentional in how we foster collaboration within Deloitte and between Deloitte and our clients and other key constituents.
"We are already seeing how it is differentiating us in the market," he adds. "I'm incredibly excited for what's to come."
This article was prepared with the financial support of the employer, which did not write or edit its contents.