Recognized as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Apr 12, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Fusion Project Management Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2018):
- In addition to helping employees save for the longer term through matching RSP contributions, Fusion Project Management offers profit-sharing and generous year-end bonus programs
- Fusion Project Management employees enjoy working in a modern downtown office, complete with ball chairs for alternative seating options, secure parking and showers for bicycle commuters, and an employee lounge area that offers a variety of healthy snacks, including nuts, trail mix, breads and spreads, organic fruit and vegetables, kombucha, yogurt and granola
Fusion Project staff see what it's like to be homeless
Over the past two years, rain or dry, executives and staff at Fusion Project Management Ltd. sleep -- or try to -- in an outdoor parking lot. A piece of cardboard is their mattress, and a sleeping bag is their only bedding. "It was the most humbling experience of my life," says Jackie Kenmare, a Junior Project Manager with the Vancouver design build company.
This past year, Kenmare, including founder and CEO Nicholas Boyd along with Principal Randy Cheng, volunteered to forgo a night in their own beds in support of Covenant House, a shelter and support agency for homeless youth. In the process, the company's 58 employees raised more than $66,000 for the cause.
Says Cheng: "It was an eye-opener. It made me realize, somewhat, the street life experienced by troubled youth in our own backyard through no fault of their own."
For her part, Kenmare says: "Before we went outside, we heard these young people's stories. There wasn't a dry eye in the room."
She adds: "The company's and the employees' support for this initiative shows how we all care about the community we live in, especially its youth. We had more volunteers than there was space for them to sleep. It brought us all closer together; it's special to be part of that."
After a spasmodic work career, Kenmare joined Fusion Project two years ago -- and she intends to stay. "I've never been so taken care of," she says. "Everyone has a three-year development plan that is reviewed every three months. They really want you to succeed. As a result, I now have a clear focus for the first time in my working life and feel that I belong and can grow in this place."
Explains Cheng: "Employees are regularly asked, 'Where do you want to be and how can we help you get there?'"
Potential obstacles are identified, along with solutions, whether in internal cross training or external professional development at company cost. "We empower employees so they can succeed," says Cheng. "If they succeed, we succeed."
He adds: "If someone doesn't work out in a certain role, we provide them with the necessary support or find another place where their skills are a better fit. We don't give up on them."
There are other reasons why Kenmare feels she comfortable at Fusion Project. "They really respect work-life balance," she says, citing the free healthy fruits, vegetables and snacks that are always available. "And there's an Italian espresso machine."
Flexible hours allow Kenmare to pursue outside interests. "If I have to leave early for a volleyball tournament, no problem." Or if she wants to go to the gym, the company picks up her membership cost.
Financially, Kenmare appreciates that the company offers generous compensation that makes it easier living in one of the world's most expensive cities. Fusion Project matches one-half of employee RRSP contributions, up to three per cent of salary. There are profit sharing and year-end bonuses tied to meeting personal goals. These bonuses typical range from several to many thousands of dollars.
Says Kenmare: "We work hard, and we are well rewarded." Kenmare also values the openness in the work place, both physically and in attitude. "There are no egos here," she says. "Speaking up and asking for help is encouraged."
Cheng, who works near Kenmare in a pod to "get closer to the staff pulse," says that openness is a mantra at Fusion Project. "We believe in creating a safe environment," he says, "where it is safe to come forward with a problem, whether it be professional or personal.
"We also want feedback, whether it's positive or negative. After all, that's the only way we can become even better."
The formula seems to be working. "Going to work is fun," says Kenmare. "I genuinely love waking up in the morning and looking forward to going to the office. I've never been able to say that before."