Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and Atlantic Canada's Top Employers (2019):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Nov 8, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Irving Oil was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and Atlantic Canada's Top Employers (2019):
- In an effort to empower employees to contribute to their communities, Irving Oil launched a new "Good Energy in Action" program, which provides employees with 1 paid day off to volunteer each year -- additionally, the company matches employee donations of up to $100
- Irving Oil offers retirement planning assistance to help employees prepare for the future and maintains a dedicated alumni association to encourage retirees to stay connected
- Irving Oil provides maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers or fathers (including adoptive parents), to 100% of salary for up to 17 weeks -- the company also offers academic scholarships to children of employees interested in pursuing post-secondary studies (up to $2,000 per child)
At Irving Oil, people are the most important resource
Irving Oil is one of Canada's largest oil refining and marketing companies. But its true dynamism is fuelled by its people.
"We focus our company on how people matter - whether that is our own employees, customers, business partners or the communities where we live and work," says Chief Human Resources & Corporate Administration Officer Jennifer Beach. "We want to cultivate workplaces across our company that are diverse, inclusive and equitable."
John Theriault, an HR Partner in Irving Oil's Halifax office, has seen firsthand how this focus has impacted the culture of the company and, for him, provided a welcoming place to build a successful career. New Brunswick-born Theriault says he spent his early career at other companies feeling like he never really fit in.
When he spotted an Irving Oil Facebook posting featuring the company logo surrounded by the Pride colours, he saw the potential for something different. "I felt that if I joined the company," he remembers, "I could bring my whole self to work and wouldn't have to shy away from being who I truly am."
Theriault says senior leaders make an effort to get to know staff members and are open to new ideas. He cites one example: the company's participation for the past two years in LGBTQ+ Pride parades in Halifax and Saint John. "This is something that was employee led and company supported," he says. "This, to me, shows genuine concern for every employee."
Theriault says he also appreciates the opportunities at Irving Oil for continuous learning, and the company's concern for work-life balance ? including the ability to work remotely when appropriate.
Irving Oil looks for prospective employees who are highly engaged, honest and passionate, says Beach. "They are people who care about their families, teammates, community and the environment," she adds, "and they bring that energy to work every day to help move our company forward."
Human resource initiatives at the company, says Beach, are focused on overall employee wellness and are built on the recognition that people are its most important asset.
To support families, Irving Oil provides employees with maternity and parental leave top-up payments to 100 per cent of salary for up to 17 weeks. Through its employee scholarship program, the company awards a total of $150,000 each year to children of employees for post-secondary education. Individual students attending college or university can access scholarships of up to $2,000.
For those approaching the end of their careers, Irving Oil offers retirement planning assistance to help employees prepare for the future, and maintains a dedicated alumni association to encourage retirees to stay connected.
To empower individuals to contribute to their communities, Irving Oil launched Good Energy in Action, a program managed through an online platform that connects employees with a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. The company also provides employees with one paid day off to volunteer each year and matches charitable donations up to $100.
Irving Oil's multi-faceted Live Well program includes an annual fitness reimbursement, nursing staff, and an Employee and Family Assistance program. The emphasis on wellness was also incorporated into the design of the company's new head office in Saint John, which offers an abundance of natural light, a café with healthy food options, and an expanded fitness facility.
Being named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for the third consecutive year is a true testament to the people at Irving Oil, Beach says. "This honour recognizes our commitment to our people, gives our people pride in working for Irving Oil, and recognizes what we can do when we work together."