Recognized as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Apr 24, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Fusion Project Management Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2017):
- Fusion Project Management employees enjoy working in beautifully designed downtown office, complete with secure parking and showers for bicycle commuters and an employee lounge area that offers a variety of healthy snacks every day including bagels, fresh fruit, natural peanut butter, cheese, crackers, hummus, trail mix, cereal, granola and yogurt
- In addition to helping employees save for the future with matching RSP contributions, Fusion Project Management lets everyone share in the company's successes through profit-sharing and year-end bonus programs
- Fusion Project Management encourages ongoing employee development through formal mentoring, tuition subsidies for job-related courses (to $2,000 annually) and subsidies for professional accreditation
Fusion Projects designs and builds a unique workplace
After 11 years in the construction business, Jason Langlois had a pretty good idea of where he wanted to work. Fusion Projects Management, a Vancouver-based design build company, had a strong reputation for being a progressive employer and one that went to extraordinary lengths to promote the professional development of its employees. A little more than two years after joining Fusion, Langlois says his high expectations have, if anything, been exceeded.
Fusion employees typically sign off on a three-year professional development plan of their own design. That plan is reviewed quarterly and amended at the employee's discretion. The company commits to providing all necessary funding and support to help individuals meet their career goals.
Langlois credits this process for his rapid rise within Fusion, from a superintendent to a junior project manager to his current position as a Project Manager.
"I wouldn't be where I am if it wasn't for the support and encouragement I've been given," he says. "It's like no other work atmosphere that I've ever seen. They keep you on track to achieve your own success."
Langlois is also impressed by a work environment that stresses personal accountability and mutual respect.
"There are no set hours of work here," he says. "As long as you are achieving your deliverables and your clients and co-workers are happy, you are left to manage your own time. I really value that because I have a young family and Fusion has always given me time off to address their needs."
Fusion designs and builds office interiors in the health care, educational, legal, financial, and technology sectors. The company's stated goal is to "improve our customers' worlds one interior space at a time."
Fusion President Bryan Brown says a lot of thought and effort has gone into creating a workplace culture that values respect, accountability and open and honest communication.
"The first thing to build is trust," he says. "We encourage people to come forward with their personal challenges and to know they will be supported. If, for example, someone is suffering from an illness or has a family or life challenge that at times doesn't allow them to work, that is a reality of life. In that case, in addition to a three-year career plan, we might encourage them to put together a life/health plan that we'd also support."
Brown says Fusion's managers are expected to help manage employees' stress by setting realistic expectations and timeframes. They also do a weekly checklist on projects that, among other things, will identify anyone who is struggling to meet those objectives and who requires further support.
The combination of a strong professional development framework and a caring, respectful work environment is paying dividends when it comes to recruitment.
"You can tell you've hit a good zone when most of the people you are interviewing and hiring are individuals recommended by people who already work for your company," says Brown. "That's definitely been the case at Fusion over the past two years."
For Langlois, working at Fusion has been a unique experience. "There's so much energy in the office and people are really passionate about what they do," he says. "It's more like being with friends and family, rather than co-workers."
That spirit of camaraderie is encouraged through events like Fun Friday, where the workday ends with colleagues sharing a beer or a glass of wine on-site. It's also evident in the company-supported volunteer work that employees do.
Langlois was one of seven Fusion employees who recently raised funds for Vancouver's Covenant House, which supports homeless and at-risk youth, by sleeping out in a downtown alley on a winter's night.
"It was an eye-opening experience," he says. "Even if it was just for one night, it makes you a lot more aware of what it's like to be homeless, hungry and alone."