Recognized as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2019):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 19, 2019)
Here are some of the reasons why Alberta Blue Cross was selected as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2019):
- Alberta Blue Cross helps employees prepare for life after work with the security of a defined benefit pension plan, as well as a health benefits plan that extends to retirees, with no age limit
- Alberta Blue Cross encourages employees to take a proactive approach to health and wellness through a number of different initiatives, including a dedicated steering committee comprised of senior-level employees, an online wellness program, and free access to the renovated Balance Wellness Centre (with a variety of fitness classes) -- the organization also recognizes employee efforts through a "Wellness Superhero" recognition
- Employees at Alberta Blue Cross enjoy a busy social calendar throughout the year, including a summer family barbecue, annual Christmas party (with a separate event for employees' children), family fun night at the West Edmonton Mall, and much more
Alberta Blue Cross is serious about employee wellness
Mark Razzolini's prescription for a healthy, happy workplace is a holistic approach to wellness for employees at Alberta Blue Cross.
"We're serious about wellness - it's something we've built into our culture and it's what we do every day and we continue to add new offerings in areas that have the most impact," says Razzolini, vice-president, people, wellness and innovation.
"We're committed to wellness because we know that employees who are well are going to be more engaged and ultimately, create a better customer experience.
Alberta Blue Cross is the province's largest benefits carrier, providing health and dental benefits to meet the needs of more than 1.7 million Albertans. The Edmonton-based company offers benefit plans for individuals and families, seniors, large and small employers and government.
With wellness a foundational strategic objective, the company promotes a healthy lifestyle by providing employees the support they need to keep in top shape. That includes free access to a state-of-the-art wellness centre, annual wellness fairs and programs that focus on wellness covering topics from diet to financial and mental wellness.
Employees also enjoy benefits and work practices that enable them to keep physically, mentally and professionally fit. Flexible work hours, working from home and family care days help them achieve a work-life balance tailored to their individual circumstances. They can also take advantage of generous tuition subsidies and leadership training programs.
here's a healthy, open workplace atmosphere as well. The company's "culture of trust" allows employees to feel safe in telling management what is and what is not working, and to suggest new ideas.
"I feel valued and feel included because they really want us to be innovative, to think differently and to bring our ideas forward and to talk about them with our managers and directors and make Alberta Blue Cross a better place for our employees and for our customers," says Lindsay Best-Fott, space planner and designer.
Best-Fott also appreciates Alberta Blue Cross' community outreach, especially the employee-led charity Hearts of Blue, which raised $200,000 to help more than 100 charities in the past year.
"Alberta Blue Cross gives us time during work hours to volunteer in the community, making donations and helping different charities and different organizations. It's just such an ingrained part of the culture to help each other and to be a very supportive company," says Best-Fott.
"Those are the kind of things that have really drawn me to Alberta Blue Cross and kept me here."