Recognized as one of Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2018)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 23, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Flaman Sales Ltd. was selected as one of Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2018):
- Flaman Sales Ltd. established the Frank J. Flaman Foundation in 2005 (building on the 30-year and ongoing charitable legacy of the company's founder), supporting numerous local and international charities every year -- impressively, the foundation is funded by Frank Flaman's share of the company's profits and through donations from employees and community supporters
- Flaman Sales Ltd. encourages employees to save for the longer term with matching RSP contributions and offers a number of additional helpful financial benefits, including profit-sharing and share purchase plans, new employee referral bonuses and discounts on company products
- Flaman Sales Ltd. keeps employees busy throughout the year with a full social calendar that features summer Friday barbecues, popcorn days, an annual charitable fundraising gala, employee Christmas party, employee dodgeball and slowpitch teams, attendance at Saskatchewan Roughriders and Saskatoon Blades games, as well as access to the company box for concerts and events at SaskTel Centre
Flaman hooks up its people with the best learning
In 2008, Nathan Laturnus applied for a position with Flaman Fitness, a division of Saskatoon-based Flaman Group of Companies. But after learning more about Flaman, Laturnus joined the division that sells trailers used to haul everything from livestock to snowmobiles to motorcycles. "Initially I had no interest in trailers and knew nothing about them," he says. "But we chatted and there were a lot of things that intrigued me."
Joining the Flaman team as a sales representative exposed Laturnus to a diverse company that sells, rents and services agriculture equipment, trailers and other machinery through 35 retail locations scattered across Canada. As well, a secondary company, Flaman Fitness, has become western Canada's largest fitness and healthcare retailer. Joining Flaman also gave Laturnus the opportunity to build on the education he received while earning a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Saskatchewan.
"Flaman is really big on personal and professional development and I take full advantage of that," he says. "I want to keep learning."
The company is currently developing a suite of in-house learning materials that will be available to all employees, and it invests heavily in professional development programs offered by outside organizations.
In the spring of 2017, the company put 50 employees through a one-day customer service training program offered by the Disney Institute and it is bringing Disney back for another session in early 2018.
"We were the first company to bring Disney to Saskatchewan," says President Don Flaman. "All our employees who went through it were really interested and enjoyed it as well."
Flaman will cover up to the full cost of a broad range of personal development, management or leadership programs. "We have no problem with bringing people to a central location and putting them up in a hotel for a couple of nights," says Dave Weightman, Vice-President Operations and Human Resources. "We also travel from store to store a couple of times per year to deliver our customer service initiative, the Customer Journey."
The company also maintains a generous social fund and encourages employees to participate in group activities, such as bowling nights, barbecues, local sporting events, or seasonal community events. "At Christmas time," says Weightman, "our Moosomin team builds a train with the trailers we sell, hooks a tractor to it and calls it the Santa Claus train. They give kids rides around town and provide hot chocolate afterward. It really promotes employee engagement and community involvement."