Recognized as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Mar 21, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why DynaLIFE Dx was selected as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2017):
- DynaLIFE Dx provides maternity and parental leave top-up payments to employees who are new mothers or adoptive parents (to 95% of salary for 6 weeks) and offers the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence
- In addition to supporting a number of local and national charitable organizations, DynaLIFE Dx encourages employees to give back by providing paid time off to volunteer as well as matching employee donations to company-organized charitable events
- Employees who are new to DynaLIFE Dx receive 3 weeks of starting vacation allowance, moving to 4 weeks after only 3 years on the job -- additionally, the organization offers up to 5 paid personal days off which can be scheduled throughout the year
Out of the classroom and into DynaLIFE
Erin Balkan was one course short of her degree at the University of Alberta when she took a summer job at DynaLIFE Medical Labs in Edmonton working on the front desk and fielding inquiries from employees about benefits and other HR issues.
"When school started in the fall," she says, "the company offered me a full-time position."
Enrolled in a teaching pro-gram, Balkan was having second thoughts about a career in education, but hadn't come up with an alternative until DynaLIFE invited her to join the company. "It was a blessing in disguise," she says.
Balkan completed her degree, with the company's support, and went to work full-time as a human resources analyst, focusing on recruitment and payroll issues.
Serving more than 2,000 physicians and 1 million patients a year, DynaLIFE's facility in Edmonton performs more than 16 million tests a year to assist in the diagnosis and monitoring of patients' and employees' health.
"If every member of our staff knows 100 people, then we know everyone in the communities that we serve," says CEO Jason Pincock. "Every person who uses our services could be a friend or a family member. That drives our purpose."
In 2010, after less than two years with the company, Balkan became DynaLIFE's Disability Management Coordinator, with the full support of the company's leadership. "We didn't have a formal program at the time," she says. "But I knew what was going on, and I've been able to be creative in setting it up."
At any particular time, Balkan attends to injured and sick employees on short and long-term disability. "We have drivers, home collectors and a range of employees who encounter hazards in their work, from repetitive strain to slips and falls," she says.
Balkan is one of many of the 1,200 employees at DynaLIFE who first arrived at the company as students. "We do practicums for students the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and the University of Alberta," says Pincock. "It's like dating. We don't know each other when they arrive, but we get a chance to evaluate each other before we commit."
Balkan has now worked at DynaLIFE for almost nine years and has recommended the company to several friends. "It's been a wonderful experience," she says, "mainly because of the way I've been treated and the encouragement I've received. I feel valued."