Recognized as one of Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Apr 11, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Information Services Corporation was selected as one of Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2017):
- ISC supports its new moms and dads (including adoptive parents) with maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 95% of salary for 17 weeks) and offers a variety of alternative work options to help balance their work and personal lives, varying by position
- ISC helps employees plan for the future with retirement planning assistance and a defined contribution pension plan -- employees nearing retirement may also take advantage of phased-in retirement work options
- ISC contributes 1.5% of its annual net income to a unique community investment program that offers support to non-profit organizations, community initiatives and cultural programs across the province -- and encourages employees to get involved with paid time off and matching charitable donations (up to $1,000)
ISC registers well with its people
The Century Family Farm Award presented by Regina-based ISC every spring never fails to stir some tears. The event typically brings together more than 200 farming families from across the province to officially recognize their deep connection to the land stretching back 100 years or more.
The sometimes-emotional event is a natural fit for ISC and its employees, who develop and manage land registries and other records -- primarily for various levels of government. And it's one of many ways ISC gives back to the communities it serves. The publicly traded company was spun off by the Province of Saskatchewan four years ago.
"These awards recognize not only the roots of our business," notes Kathy Hillman-Weir, Q.C., ISC's Vice-President of Corporate Affairs & General Counsel, "but the people who are the pioneers of our province and who have fostered the community of hardy and resilient people who make up the core of our business."
Because its people are its greatest asset, she adds, ISC works hard to offer a healthy, supportive environment that embraces diversity and encourages physical, emotional and mental well-being.
ISC supports new moms and dads (including adoptive parents) with maternity- and parental-leave top-up payments to 95 per cent of salary for 17 weeks. And when they return to work, it offers a variety of options to balance their work and home lives. ISC also helps employees plan for the future with retirement planning assistance and a defined contribution pension plan.
Hillman-Weir says the company looks for employees who personify its brand pillars, including "an enterprising outlook, a dedicated, enthusiastic spirit, and a commitment to creating great experiences for clients and customers."
Business Systems Support Specialist Megan Ogren joined ISC as a high school summer student when it was still a government agency. Since its transition in 2013, she has pursued post-secondary studies part-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, with more than half of the cost covered by ISC. "There are a lot of opportunities to always learn more and expand your knowledge," she explains.
As a part-time student, Ogren says she appreciates the priority the company places on flexibility and work-life balance. ISC's peer recognition program, its twice-yearly employee work and development plans, and the accessibility of senior management also combine to keep employees motivated and directed, she adds.
"It's a very friendly, family-like organization," she explains. "But it's a very professional organization, as well. Having that balance makes you happy to come to work each day."