Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 22, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why iQmetrix was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2018):
- iQmetrix encourages its employees to get involved in the community with paid time off to volunteer, as well as the opportunity to provide feedback on which charitable organizations receive company support
- iQmetrix supports the long-term development of employees with tuition subsidies for job-related courses and offers a variety of training initiatives, from paid internships and formal mentoring to in-house and online training programs
- iQmetrix is an enlightened employer that supports new mothers and adoptive parents with maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 75% of salary for 17 weeks)
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 iQmetrix was selected as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2018):
- iQmetrix encourages employees to keep fit with free access to a shared-use fitness facility at the company's head office -- the facility is open 24/7 and features personal trainer services as well as instructor-led classes
- The company continues to grow, adding over 60 new full-time positions in the past year -- and encourages employees to become owners through a share purchase plan, available to all
iQmetrix employees embrace life-altering philanthropy
The central gathering hub in every regional office is much appreciated, as is the soundproof "Zen Room" where employees can escape for a bit of mindfulness, a nap, or just a brief "brain break." For many, however, the real appeal of being an iQmetrix employee is balancing interesting and challenging work with the opportunity to be part of something bigger -- including life-altering philanthropic endeavours in under-developed parts of the world.
Founded in 1999, iQmetrix is a software company that provides back-end and front-of-the-house software solutions for retailers in Canada and the United States. In addition to its head office in Vancouver, iQmetrix has satellite offices in Regina, Winnipeg, Denver and Charlotte, North Carolina.
Each year, all iQmetrix employees with at least one year of service are invited to attend a paid, seven-day retreat (employees with less than one year service, as well as family members, can also attend on a subsidized basis). This year's retreat, held in February, was in Puerto Vallarta, a popular resort destination on the Mexican coast.
But this wasn't just a chance for employees to reconnect and hit the beach. In addition to a series of team-building presentations and employee recognition events, all iQmetrix staffers spent a part of that week volunteering on behalf of five area orphanages. The initiatives included bringing children from the orphanages to the resort for the day, doing computer repairs, donating and delivering items like tables and freezers -- and replacing a worn-out and much-loved trampoline.
At an earlier annual retreat in Nicaragua, iQmetrix volunteers helped build three schools and dug trenches to bring water to some 200 homes in a small village that until then had no access to clean running water.
Kelly Markewich, iQmetrix's Regina-based Team Lead, Client Management, describes these and other community-minded efforts as transformative.
"There are so many things I've been involved in that I would have never done without iQmetrix," says Markewich, who has worked for the company since 2001 (he was, in fact, employee number seven). "It starts to open your eyes about doing these things not just at work, but in your personal life as well."
Back at home, employees are also given four paid volunteer days per year and receive matching grants from the company for funds they raise for charitable or community causes. It's all part of staying true to iQmetrix's operating values, summed up in the acronym, SLICCE, which stands for speed and agility; lifestyle; innovation; community; character; and environment.
"We look for people who embody all of those values in a positive way," says Krystal Ho, Director, Corporate Relations.
They also look for potential employees who are ready to embrace the company's collaborative, informal and entrepreneurial-minded workplace culture.
"This is a place where people can innovate and grow," says Ho. "So we want self-starters and those who yearn to learn."
Fitting into the culture, she adds, is the single biggest factor when it comes to hiring decisions. "It's important that you're able to work with the team and foster shared learning. It's always about 'we rather than me'."
A generous vacation package, flexible work hours and trusted sick days help promote work-life balance. Employees also get a paid seven-week sabbatical for every seven years of service -- a chance to step back and reflect on their career path or simply spend more time with family and friends.
The company also puts a strong emphasis on a fun and enjoyable workplace. Employees have access to weekly fitness classes, sports teams and hobby groups.
"The friendships and bonds that develop out of all this translate directly into how effective we are in our work," says Markewich. "It's positive for everyone involved."