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 Workers' Compensation Board - Alberta was selected as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2019):
- WCB Alberta provides an industry-leading 4 weeks of starting vacation allowance, with long-serving employees working to a maximum of 7 weeks of vacation over the course of their careers -- employees can also take advantage of a variety of flexible working arrangements as well as up to 5 paid personal days, which can be scheduled as needed
- WCB Alberta encourages ongoing employee education with tuition subsidies for courses both related and unrelated to an employees' current position and invests in the education of the next generation through an academic scholarship program for children of employees (to $1,500 per child)
- WCB Alberta offers support in times of need, providing compassionate leave top-up payments of up to 95% of salary for up to 8 weeks when employees are called upon to care for a loved one
WCB-Alberta people tend to stay for the long haul
Martin Mbanga has a lot on his plate every day at the Workers' Compensation Board-Alberta (WCB-Alberta), supporting employees who make decisions that affect the lives of Albertans injured on the job and their families. Employees at WCB-Alberta work with their clients to find the best solution for each unique situation. Every day, Martin is eager to get into the office and help make that difference - and in that, he knows, he's not alone.
"It comes down to the people that I work with and I'm amazed at how dedicated and passionate the people at WCB-Alberta are," says Mbanga, team lead in finance. "We have a culture where we have a common purpose and vision in the important work that we do."
WCB-Alberta provides disability and liability coverage for work-related injury and illness. It compensates workers for lost income and co-ordinates the health care and other services they need due to a work-related injury. WCB-Alberta covers nearly two million workers and works with more than 160,000 employers.
A big reason why Mbanga feels so supported in his job is the tone of co-operation, communication and a unified vision that starts at the top.
"I've worked a number of other places and we always talk about tone at the top, but it actually happens here," says Roxy Shulha-McKay, vice-president of employee and corporate services.
"We see the value of collaboration and open communication and how it impacts not just all employees, but how we work together to do the very best we can for Albertans."
Employees receive a competitive compensation and benefits package that includes four weeks starting vacation allowance. WCB-Alberta also makes health, wellness and work/life balance a priority, including programs to ensure the mental wellness of employees.
WCB-Alberta is actively engaged in the community and employees can contribute to various charities via payroll deductions. They also support the United Way and initiatives like Take a Walk Day and Corporate Challenge.
The corporate culture is so supportive and positive that employees stay at WCB-Alberta for their entire careers. It's not uncommon to find employees who have served 40-plus years at the company. Shulha-McKay herself has been with WCB-Alberta a total of 26 years.
"I continue to learn and implement programs and approaches for staff that make a difference in their lives. I get to see people grow and have wonderful careers and feel good about that at the end of the day," Shulha-McKay says.
"So why would you go anywhere else?"