Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Dec 6, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why ADP Canada Co. was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2019):
- ADP Canada invests in ongoing employee development with generous tuition subsidies for courses taken at outside institutions (to $5,000) and subsidies for professional accreditation
- In addition to helping employees save for the future, ADP Canada offers referral bonuses as an incentive for employees to recruit candidates from their personal networks, to $2,500
- Employees working at ADP Canada's Etobicoke head office can take advantage of a number of onsite amenities, including a cafeteria with healthy and special diet menus, an employee lounge (featuring foosball, table hockey and ping pong), and subsidized access to a fitness facility with instructor-led classes and a sauna
Helping to shape the future of work at ADP Canada
It didn't take long for ADP Canada Co. to discover Zahra Dattu's natural aptitude for product marketing.
Outgoing, enthusiastic and curious, Dattu joined ADP Canada in 2016 to represent the company to its small-business clients. Since she already had experience in information technology, she leapt at the chance to promote ADP's payroll and human-resources technology products.
"Product marketing is where I'm the most challenged and feel most passionate," she says. "The innovation, the speed and the ability to touch different areas of the business exhilarate me."
ADP's Canada's parent company was founded in New Jersey almost 70 years ago to provide manual payroll processing services but soon adopted early technologies such as punch cards, cheque printers and mainframe computers to enhance its services.
"Over the course of our history we've evolved from payroll to human capital management," says Holger Kormann, President of ADP Canada in Etobicoke, "and we're now in the middle of transforming our business into a strong tech company."
Building on its solid technological foundation, ADP Canada provides its services to more than 40,000 clients, ranging from small businesses throughout the country to some of Canada's best-known public- and private-sector organizations.
On their behalf, ADP Canada manages critical back-office functions, including payroll, time and attendance, talent and performance management, reporting and strategic insights as well as fully outsourced on-demand HR expertise.
But with more than a million businesses operating in Canada, as well as thousands of public-sector organizations, and with ADP's technological prowess, Kormann sees a future of continuing growth for the company.
"There's a huge opportunity in the Canadian market," he says. "As part of ADP, we're helping to shape the future of work as well as the technology that supports it."
Zahra Dattu has already enjoyed some of the rewards that come with the company's successful expansion. As ADP Canada's Small Business Product Marketing Lead, she builds marketing plans, based on extensive market research, to launch new products for small-business customers.
"We're constantly evolving and growing," says Dattu, who graduated in 2012 from Wilfrid Laurier University with an honours bachelor's degree in English and received further training in data analysis, formats and functions. "This is a place where there's always going to be exciting changes."
In recent months, Dattu has provided marketing support for two new payroll and HR bundles, developing English- and French-language sales support tools such as vide's, tutorials and job aids, generating an email campaign and creating a web page for the products. Her responsibilities extend to social media promotion through Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
"We provide our people with training and development that nurtures their strengths, expands their skill set and develops their leadership potential," says Kormann. "Our leadership framework centres around growth and development and encourages mobility within the company."
For Dattu, who administers a food blog in her spare time, the global reach of ADP Canada's parent company provides enticing possibilities for the future. "I have a chance to look beyond the doors of North America," she says. "One day I hope to take our best practices around the globe."
To support her ambitions, ADP Canada encourages its employees to acquire new skills and capabilities and monitors their progress through formalized feedback and reviews. The company also provides subsidies for courses taken at outside institutions and for professional accreditation.
"ADP's leaders push you to explore new possibilities," says Dattu. "They encourage you to question everything. There's a tremendous opportunity here to make an impact."