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 Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis / AGLC was selected as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2019):
- In addition to annual support for the United Way campaign and other charitable initiatives, AGLC employees can apply for a secondment opportunity to work with the United Way (up to three months) and gain additional leadership and other work-related skills
- Employees working at AGLC receive 3 weeks of paid vacation allowance to start, moving to 7 weeks over the course of their careers -- the organization also considers previous experience when setting individual vacation entitlements and offers up to 3 paid personal days off each year
- AGLC's head office features a number of amenities, including an onsite cafeteria with healthy and special diet menus, an employee lounge and free membership to an onsite fitness facility -- employees are also encouraged to adopt healthier and active lifestyles through the formal "Active@AGLC" program that supports physical and mental health initiatives
Work-life balance keeps AGLC on top of its game
At first glance, you might wonder about the path that led Jenna-Rae Patry from her years as a psychology major, radio host, massage therapist and pharmaceutical researcher in Germany to her current position as a policy analyst with Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis.
A closer look at Patry's role provides some clues.
A Crown commercial agency, AGLC oversees the gaming, liquor and cannabis industries in Alberta. Patry is part of a four-person team, based in St. Albert, that writes and revises the rules that govern racetracks, casinos, bingo halls and other gaming activities in the province.
In this role, she applies similar research methods, statistical analysis and data modelling as she did to obtain her bachelor of science degree at Edmonton's McEwan University. "Research and writing are big parts of my job," she says.
To change the system for slot-machine reporting, for example, Patry analyzes the current system, conducts research into its applications, consults affected stakeholders, collaborates with her team, then revises the applicable sections of the policy handbook. The policy team usually has more than 20 projects on the go. Some take weeks, others take a year.
"We always have so much to do," says Steve Lautischer, AGLC's director of gaming business, "but we always keep in mind our employees' work-life balance. It's important that people can detach, go home and come back the next day refreshed."
A supportive work environment was one of the factors that attracted Patry to AGLC. Noticing a posting on the agency's website, she asked family and friends about the organization and "heard nothing but positive reviews from people they knew who loved their job.
"There were a number of women in leadership positions," she adds, "and a lot of professional development opportunities."
AGLC's mandate attracts individuals with business skills as well as experience in human resources, IT, finance and a variety of other disciplines.
"We also employ about 150 field service technicians to install and maintain slot machines, VLTs and lottery terminals," says Lautischer.
If employees want to move into different areas, AGLC provides internal learning and development programs such as job shadowing, an online career planning tool, in-house courses, as well as programs affiliated with the University of Alberta.
"Working here has been a real learning experience," says Patry, who knew little about gaming when she joined AGLC two years ago. "Since I started, I've noticed how long people work here. Now I'd love to stay here, too."