Recognized as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Apr 12, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Accompass was selected as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2018):
- New employees at Accompass start with 3 weeks of paid vacation, along with additional time off during the Christmas holiday season and up to 5 paid personal days off to schedule as needed
- Accompass supports employees who are new moms with maternity leave top-up payments (to 100% of salary for up to 6 weeks) and follows up with a variety of alternative work options to help employees balance their work and personal lives
'Walk! Laugh!' How Accompass builds a winning culture
In a boardroom of Accompass, a benefits, investment, and compensation firm in midtown Toronto, a consultant touched an orange paper torch to a big-screen TV to light a virtual flame. While the rest of the world watched the official opening of the Winter Games in South Korea, Accompass employees applauded the beginning of their own Olympic Challenge.
"Our employees make Accompass a special place to work," says President Sarah Beech, "and we show our appreciation to them in a variety of memorable ways."
With 36 full-time staff, Accompass holds quarterly town hall meetings to keep them informed of significant developments. It also encourages team-building through events like a Survivor-style challenge, a family baseball day, a heart-healthy smoothie bar on Valentine's Day and a Super Bowl chili contest.
To support employees in leading healthy lives, Accompass provides a wellness account where employees can earn dollars by competing in company challenges. "So walk! Laugh! Take a minute to breathe!" says a company tweet.
As for the torch-lighting ceremonies in February, Accompass's version might have lacked the glamour and hooplah of the proceedings in PyeongChang, but the company's employees clearly demonstrate the three core values of Olympic sport in their work for the firm: friendship, respect and excellence.
The same spirit motivates them to serve their clients and keep them informed about everything from the most expensive drugs through changes in pension legislation to the impact of Ontario's new minimum wage on employer budgets.
From its origins in 1997, Accompass has been a leading independent benefits, investment and compensation firm. Designing and managing programs for clients ranging from smaller companies to global enterprises, Accompass employees address numerous strategic, financial, and regulatory issues involving benefits & health, investment & retirement, executive compensation, and broad-based compensation.
"We try to foster a spirit of ownership and accountability with our staff," says Beech. "This helps us create a stronger sense of community and camaraderie among our team and a desire to help us achieve our business objectives."
Within a strong, diverse team environment, Accompass employees deliver exceptional service to their customers, says Beech. "Every role is critical. Everyone has a voice, and we encourage new ideas."
Not surprisingly, it can take time to land a job at Accompass. Candidates may meet with executives and staff several times before receiving an offer. "It's as much about the right fit for the person coming in as it is for us, so it's really a two-way street," says Beech. "As a result, we have very low turnover."
Interviews with the management team at Accompass gave Kelcey DeCoste a chance to see first-hand evidence of strong leadership, she says. "I felt that there was a lot I could learn from them. I also had an opportunity to see how personable the management team is, and it was clear through our discussion that they're accessible and great listeners, and committed to building a great team."
After two years with the company, DeCoste is now pursuing her designation as a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist. "They also support me in attending conferences, workshops, and networking events."
Based on its five-year plan, Accompass will continue to grow steadily, which will require additional hiring. "But we'll continue to be very deliberate and patient about bringing the right people on board," says Beech. "We'll continue to look for employees who are different and who have a passion for client satisfaction and for being an active part of a winning culture."