Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2019):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 21, 2019)
Here are some of the reasons why Fraser Health Authority was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2019):
- Varying by employee group and position, Fraser Health offers its new moms maternity leave top-up payments (from 17 to 27 weeks) and extends parental leave top-up to its new dads for some employee groups -- employees may also be able to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence
- Fraser Health encourages all employees to stay healthy with free access to an onsite fitness facility featuring instructor-led classes for activities such as yoga, laughter yoga and Zumba -- the facility also includes the "She's Fit" women's health club with a separate entrance
- Fraser Health supports ongoing employee development with tuition support, subsidies for professional accreditation and in-house training -- and reaches out to the next generation of healthcare providers through internship and co-op work experience programs as well as mentoring programs
Fraser Health offers a network of support and opportunity
As a direct-care provider in adult mental health at Fraser Health, what Polly Kainth loves most is the people she works with. Based in Surrey, Kainth is the coordinator for the Adult Community Support Services Program, responsible for about 100 clinical staff who deal with serious challenges, such as clients who are suicidal or having a psychiatric crisis.
"It's difficult work, but I know my mental health staff have a sincere passion for making a difference in mentally ill clients," says Kainth. "They come in every single day, dedicated, with a clinical skill set that's out of this world. My work as a supervisor is so much easier knowing I have this amazing staff."
Fraser Health is B.C.'s largest health authority, providing 1.8 million people from Burnaby to White Rock to Hope with services ranging from hospital care to community-based residential, home health, mental health and public health services.
Kainth credits the Fraser Health leadership for providing her staff with continuous training and upgrading opportunities, geared to what they like, so that they have the kind of critical skill sets essential for their job. Kainth finds support herself as a member of Fraser Health Engagement Radicals, a network of employee leaders across the organization who share tools and ideas for engagement and creating a more positive work environment.
"I gear all my own training around staff development," says Kainth. "That's one of my long-term goals here. I really want to know what it is that keeps staff engaged."
Cameron Brine, vice-president of employee experience, says Fraser Health focuses on providing new job opportunities to challenge staff, including sponsoring hundreds of nurses to upgrade to become specialists and work in specialty areas. There's also a strong internal leadership development team that provides internal development programs.
"We know that people need challenges or new opportunities in order to stay engaged," says Brine. "Not only is it smart business to do that, but it's a great engagement driver. If you look at our senior executive team, at least two of our vice-presidents started off as nurses and moved up the organization."
Emotional support for staff is equally important at Fraser Health. Brine says they created the critical incident stress management program to ensure staff remain resilient and that the organization is taking care of them as a whole person.
"Health care staff daily run into critical incidents on their unit or floor," says Brine. "We can send in a team of people to debrief with them within a day, so they have access to real face-to-face support to talk about the incident and get the support they need. Our view is that if we take care of our caregivers, they'll provide greater care to those who they're supporting."