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Provincial Health Services Authority / PHSA
PHSA operating nurses at the BC Children's Hospital

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Provincial Health Services Authority / PHSA was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017) and BC's Top Employers (2017):

  • Along with retirement planning assistance, PHSA employees can plan securely for the future with a defined benefit pension plan and phased-in work options to help ease the transition to retirement
  • Employees at PHSA's main location can take advantage of a variety of onsite amenities, including a cafeteria (with healthy and special-diet menus), a nap room and subsidized access to an onsite fitness facility (with instructor-led classes such as yoga and belly dancing)
  • PHSA makes getting to work easier (and cleaner) with secure bicycle parking and shower facilities (offering one of the most scenic bike rides to work in the country) and supports the annual 3-week long "Clean Commuter Challenge" -- additionally, PHSA partners with "TravelSmart" to help reduce the number of single-occupancy vehicle commutes to work and installed a number of electric vehicle charging stations (as part of a provincial initiative)
PHSA clinical transfer nurse working at the BC Patient Transfer Network

Employer Background

Industry General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Abbotsford BC, Kelowna BC, Kamloops BC, Prince George BC, Victoria BC, Nanaimo BC
Full-time employees in Canada 10,346
Part-time employees in Canada 8,624
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 1.35%
Average age of employees in Canada 43.57
Longest serving employee 45 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, subsidized parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features employees work at healthcare locations across the province, PHSA's head office is a modern, centrally-located building, steps away from the beach, and provides stunning views of False Creek, Granville Island, the marina and the mountains, the office features green spaces on balconies (for employees to grow fresh fruit and vegetables), onsite coffee shops such as Starbucks and Tim Horton's, telecommuter workstations, nap room, religious observance room, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, board games
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (bootcamp, yoga, belly dancing, pilates, walking and running clinics), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities
Other nearby amenities YMCA, Steve Nash Fitness World, fitness club, Stanley Park, David Lam Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Granville Island Market, Yaletown, English Bay, Maritime Museum, Space Centre

Work Atmosphere & Communications B+

Employee social committee name Hospital Liaison Committee (est. 1988) and other committees at hospital sites
Recent social events National Nursing Week celebrations, employee recognition events such as pancake breakfasts and barbecues, celebrations for employee milestones, such as retirement, long service awards and external awards celebrations
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications quarterly town halls, Leader's Forum for senior-level employees, two day senior leadership retreat

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

Financial benefits note PHSA has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 18 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $300) for some positions

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B+

Health plan note PHSA has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Family-friendly benefits note PHSA has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 85% of salary for 17 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, daycare centre onsite
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information compassionate leave top-up (to 100% of salary for 3 days, plus 2 additional days for travel time), some employees may receive additional parental leave top-up, including for fathers and adoptive parents

Vacation & Personal Time-Off A+

Vacation note PHSA has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 10 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 9 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 5 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information starting vacation varies by employee group with some employees receiving 3 weeks of paid vacation to start, moving to a maximum of 7 weeks

Employee Engagement & Performance B+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), PHSA+ Awards to recognize exceptional performance, Awards of Excellence for employees who go above and beyond the call of duty for patients, online Kudos Corners where employees can acknowledge their colleagues
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 18 months

Training & Skills Development A

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs no set limit for tuition subsides with coverage set on a case-by-case basis, dedicated training programs for various occupations, including for clinical and non-clinical employees

Community Involvement B+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Some of the community organizations supported Pink Shirt Day, Ride to Conquer Cancer, Jeans Day, United Way (employees raise over $30,000 every year), Cops for Cancer, ACT Foundation, Paramedics Support Vancouver Pride
Community highlight In addition to their important role in serving British Columbians, PHSA works collaboratively with community-based health care providers, partnering health authorities and patients to address community health and social issues across the province. The PHSA is also working to encourage even greater employee volunteerism through a paid time off policy for volunteer work.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Provincial Health Services Authority / PHSA was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017):

  • PHSA works with a number of post-secondary institutions to provide internships, co-op opportunities and practicum placements to students in a variety of fields including medical laboratory, cytogenetics, clinical genetics technology, information management/information technology and business administration
  • Each year, PHSA places 200 students in its BC Ambulance Service education program for primary and advanced care paramedics, hiring over 70% of participants upon program completion -- additionally, the organization encourages high school students to consider a career as a paramedic through workshops, mock scenarios (with participants responding to calls) and operations field trips
  • BC Emergency Health Services, part of PHSA's network, offers paid co-op opportunities for Commerce and Business students studying at University of Victoria or Camosun College -- the 12-week program allows third year students to explore and engage in payroll and billing processes within a health care environment -- additionally, PHSA manages a comprehensive co-op program for information management and information technology services
  • PHSA established an Employed Student Nursing program to provide student nurses with opportunities to practice as a registered nurse in specialty areas such as Pediatrics, Perinatal, Oncology or Mental Health nursing -- over 95% of employed student nurses are hired for permanent positions upon graduation
PHSA clinical transfer nurse working at the BC Patient Transfer Network

Highlights

Industry General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Abbotsford BC, Kelowna BC, Kamloops BC, Prince George BC, Victoria BC, Nanaimo BC
Full-time employees in Canada 10,346
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, online employee skills inventory, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives BC Women's Perinatal Nursing Program for new graduates, employed student nursing program, Health Care Students to Practice website, 12-month paid Child Life Fellowship, respiratory therapist practicum placements for Thomson Rivers University students, Radiation Therapy Service Technologist Trainee program, 4-day pilot project for high school students to experience the work of a BCAS paramedic and pre-hospital care (offered in partnership with the Langley School)

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Provincial Health Services Authority / PHSA was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017):

  • In 2009, PHSA launched the Green+Leaders program to promote environmentally conscious workplace behaviour such as sustainable transportation, expanded recycling programs and a number of paper use, energy and waste reduction initiatives -- over 120 leaders have been trained since the program's inception
  • Over 160 PHSA employees participated in the 3-week Clean Commuter Challenge last year, comprising over 50 teams who showed their support for sustainable commuting -- the organization also encourages alternative commuting through support for Bike to Work Week (with bike repair workshops at major sites) and dedicated parking for car-sharing services as well as the installation of new onsite electric vehicle charging stations
  • PHSA established a number of organic collection programs ahead of the City of Vancouver's organics program, which was introduced in 2015 -- programs are operating at number of its acute care sites
PHSA employees proudly display their Green Initiatives Fund project 'fix it, Willingdon!,' offering employees the chance to attend workshops on the repair of common houshold items

Highlights

Industry General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Abbotsford BC, Kelowna BC, Kamloops BC, Prince George BC, Victoria BC, Nanaimo BC
Full-time employees in Canada 10,346
Employee green team Green+Leaders (program has trained over 120 employees across the province), Energy and Environmental Sustainability Team
Senior executive who oversees initiatives 7 senior-level employees are part of the Energy and Environmental Sustainability Committee, which is comprised of leaders from other health authorities, municipalities and external partners
Green highlights Green+Leaders program offers paid time off to volunteer for sustainability initiatives (up 4 paid hours per month from October to May), BC Green Care (dedicated green social networking site for employees), unique Bees and Trees program to develop pollinator bee habitat at one hospital site
Extended recycling organics
Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit, telecommuter workstations
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Commuter Challenge (over 160 PHSA employees participated last year), Bike to Work Week (spring and autumn), other transportation initiatives (bike room with tools, parking for car sharing service, transportation fair to showcase alternative commuting options)
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes rainwater collection, green roof, electric vehicle charging stations, new constructions must be built to meet LEED Gold standards, lighting upgrades to energy-efficient lighting, rooftop gardens at two sites, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

The Career Directory

Provincial Health Services Authority / PHSA has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
PHSA employees working in the Child and Youth Mental Health Program at the BC Children's Hospital

Highlights for New Grads

Industry General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Abbotsford BC, Kelowna BC, Kamloops BC, Prince George BC, Victoria BC, Nanaimo BC
Full-time employees in Canada 10,346
Part-time employees in Canada 8,624
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Administration, Communications, Employee Wellness & Safety, Finance, Human Resources, Information Management/Information Technology, Facilities & Planning, Laboratory, Nursing, Pharmacy, Protection Services, Research/Scientific, Supply Chain
Starting salary $50K to $55K
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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