Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2018)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 22, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why LandSure Systems Ltd. was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2018):
- LandSure Systems offers its new employees 3 weeks of vacation, plus 5 paid personal days off to use as needed -- long-serving employees work to a maximum of 6 weeks paid vacation
- LandSure Systems supports its new moms and dads (including adoptive parents) with generous maternity leave and parental leave top-up payments -- to 50 weeks for new moms and 35 weeks for new dads
- LandSure Systems' employee-led social committee organizes a busy social calendar with a variety of fun events throughout the year, including a Christmas party, Christmas tree-trimming and office decorating party, lunches and special treat days for employees, a summer family picnic, and participation in the annual Vancouver Sun Run
LandSure Systems maps out a family-friendly vibe
President and CEO Connie Fair has her ideal workplace culture all mapped out. It's a friendly, collegial vibe at LandSure Systems Ltd., which provides tech services to the Land Title and Survey Authority of B.C. (LTSA).
"I'm trying to create a workplace that I would be happy to have my adult children work at -- one that provides interesting work where they feel they are making a difference and realizing their potential, and offers an appropriate work-life balance," says Fair.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of LTSA, LandSure Systems is responsible for the development and operation of critical technology that tracks land titles, survey data and other information that keeps B.C.'s real estate industry moving and helps municipalities plan. Based in Vancouver's high-tech hub, they compete for technology and other personnel with industry giants like Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and SAP.
To attract and retain top-notch employees, LandSure Systems emphasizes work-life balance. Being owned by a regulatory authority with a legislated mandate, it also offers something not often found in the IT industry: stability that unleashes creativity.
That's important to Bryan Sawers, Supervisor of ParcelMap BC Operations at LandSure Systems.
"I've worked in other high-tech companies where one of my biggest fears was losing my job or being laid off," says Sawers. "That stability is important for me as a young professional with a young family."
Also important to Sawers is the company's support for its employees. There is a comprehensive benefits and vacation package, including five paid personal days off. Maternity leave and parental leave top-up payments -- including adoptive parents -- are up to 50 weeks for new moms and 35 weeks for new dads. Education and training benefits keep employees at the cutting edge of their ever-changing technology.
Sawers also appreciates the workplace "culture of approachability" where he's comfortable approaching senior managers with questions. And perhaps most importantly, he enjoys the company's connection to community and knowing his work makes a difference in people's lives.
"We're actively engaging with our stakeholders in our communities and we're building something that we know is going to be a key piece of infrastructure for the province moving forward and that's gratifying," he says.
Fair says LandSure employees also take pride in knowing their work is important to the province's prosperity.
"For the technology professional who wants to go into an organization and really make a difference, this is a good place to be," she says.