Recognized as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2016)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 3, 2016)
Here are some of the reasons why Jayman BUILT Group of Companies was selected as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2016):
- Employees working at Jayman BUILT Group of Companies' head office can take advantage of a number of onsite amenities, including a quiet room for meditation or religious observance, an employee lounge with video games and a fitness facility, complete with instructor-led classes such as boot camp and shower facilities
- Jayman BUILT Group of Companies maintains a flexible health benefits plan, allowing employees to customize levels of coverage according to personal needs
- Jayman BUILT Group of Companies encourages employees to plan for the future with contributions to a matching RSP plan and retirement planning workshops --the company also offers phased-in work options to help retiring employees transition
Recognized as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2016)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Mar 28, 2016)
Here are some of the reasons why Jayman BUILT Group of Companies was selected as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2016):
- Jayman BUILT Group of Companies supports its new moms with maternity leave top-up payments and helps employees balance their work and personal lives with flexible hours and telecommuting work options
- Jayman BUILT Group of Companies encourages employees to develop their professional skills through a variety of in-house and online training programs, subsidies for professional accreditation, and full tuition subsidies for job-related courses
- Jayman BUILT Group of Companies' social committee helps to organize a number of events and celebrations throughout the year, including holiday parties, summer camping and winter skiing trips
Old-fashioned values drive Jayman BUILT's modern success story
There's something about the business of homebuilding that sets it apart from other livelihoods. "Buying a home is a pretty significant purchase and can be a very emotional one as well," says Trevor Henkel, Construction Manager for Calgary-based Jayman BUILT, one of Alberta's largest and best-known home builders. "To be part of that - to build a home for a family and get it right - is definitely rewarding."
Sunny Ghali, Jayman BUILT's Human Resources Vice President, concurs. "We are developing people's individual castles while also helping to create entire communities," he says. "The amount of attention to detail and quality that needs to go into that takes a combined effort. It's not just your sales or construction teams; it's also your support staff. Everyone has to come together to make something like that happen."
Jayman BUILT was founded 35 years ago by Jay Westman, now Chairman and CEO, and his late father, Al Westman. Today, it is a company with nearly 400 employees that still strives to live by old-fashioned farm values that Al imparted to his son, Jay.
One of those values was the following: "You only have one thing in life and that's your name. Your name is your credit card of life."
Another value: "Do what you say you are going to do when you said you would do it. If you do that consistently, you will stand out."
The company, which has built more than 23,000 homes in Calgary, Edmonton and surrounding communities, has followed Al's advice by building a brand known for the consistently high quality of its products and services.
"Our business plan is based on three essential pillars," says Ghali. "They are: provide the pinnacle of customer service; achieve operational excellence; and be the best place to work."
In recent years, Jayman BUILT has engaged employees to get their views on how the company can continuously improve its work culture and provide the best possible opportunities for career growth.
Employees are encouraged to consider on a regular basis what they want to be doing five years down the road - and then are given the training, education and on-the-job mentoring to help them achieve their goals.
"The idea is that we have to be doing our job to set people up for success," says Ghali. "It's only then that you can hold people accountable for doing their part."
Henkel, who joined Jayman BUILT in 2005 as a field technician, says he benefited from that kind of support as he worked his way up the ranks to his current position as Construction Manager.
"I was attracted by Jayman BUILT's name and reputation for quality," he says. "The people here are here for a reason - and they are all eager to help you get to the next level."
Henkel says he is impressed by the company's core values and its commitment to giving back to the community. Jay Westman and his company have contributed millions of dollars to post-secondary institutions in Alberta and provided significant support for medical research on multiple sclerosis and Camp Kindle, a summer camp for children with cancer.
The company provides employees with up to $1,000 each in financial support for community initiatives of their choosing and encourages them to get involved in a wide range of volunteer opportunities.
"This company's values are also reflected in the way we deal with our customers, with our trades partners and with each other," says Henkel. "One of those values is trust, which is a big thing ? especially given the kind of economic downturn Alberta is experiencing. You have to be able to trust the people you work for and with. I know this is a well-managed company that's been through a lot of booms and busts in the economy. There is a stability there that will carry us through to better times."