Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Nov 6, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Mosaic Company, The was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018) and Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2018):
- Mosaic offers maternity leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers as well as the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence -- the company also provides a $5,000 subsidy for IVF for employees who want to start a family
- Mosaic helps employees build their skills through a variety of in-house training options and generous tuition subsidies for courses directly related to their positions (up to $10,000) -- additionally, the company provides opportunities for high potential employees to participate in community, professional networking and recruitment events
- Mosaic focuses its charitable efforts on initiatives that target food, water and local community investment, and encourages employees to be active members of the community by providing paid time off to volunteer
Mosaic nourishes its emerging leaders early
After two years as a consultant, Aaron Brown joined The Mosaic Company in 2011 on the recommendation of a former classmate from the University of Regina, where he'd earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering. Having spent his life in the city, he knew about Mosaic primarily through the company's name on Mosaic Stadium, home of the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders, and through its extensive community involvement, from contributing to educational programs to volunteering at the city's homeless shelters.
"I also knew that the company challenges its employees to excel, even students who join the company for a work term as part of their co-op program," Brown says.
"Some of my peers would return from their work-term placements and say they'd spent their time counting cracks on a highway. But the students who came back from Mosaic had a much more practical experience."
With more than 2,200 employees in Canada and more than 9,000 worldwide, the Mosaic Company leads the world in the production of phosphate and potash crop nutrients. To sustain and build on its leadership in the industry, the company provides employees with a range of opportunities to become leaders themselves.
"We focus on the entire employee value proposition," says Lisa Poissant, Mosaic's Vice President of Human Resources at its Regina headquarters. "That includes excellent pay, benefits and pension plan, but it also includes support in areas like physical, financial and psychological wellness, so employees can be their best at work and at home."
In his first five years with Mosaic, Brown participated in several company-sponsored programs, including change management and emotional intelligence. "But the best one was the Emerging Leaders Program," he says.
First conducted in 2016, the seven-month program provides coaching and mentoring support to 10 junior employees who demonstrate leadership potential. In monthly meetings with his coach, Brown says he was able to fine-tune specific aspects of his career development objectives.
"It also helped to have someone from outside the company bring a different perspective to our meetings," says Brown, who now works as a Senior Engineer at Mosaic's potash operation in Belle Plaine, about 20 kilometres east of Moose Jaw. "It really helped me to improve my day-to-day leadership skills, little things like making sure I was more available to people who report to me."
Offered for the second time in September 2017, Mosaic's Emerging Leaders Program provides individuals like Brown with a broad overview of the company's operations, gives them an understanding of the roles and responsibilities involved in running such an extensive and complex business and exposes them to the company's current leaders.
"Through mentoring and coaching, the program helps our future leaders in the organization to build their knowledge of our company while accelerating their development," says Poissant. "It's part of our holistic approach to leadership development."
In addition to nurturing front-line leaders, Mosaic has developed programs to enhance and refine leadership skills at every level of the organization, including senior executives and mid-level managers. "Altogether," says Poissant, "about 300 people have completed one of our leadership programs in the last two years.
"We look to empower our people," she continues. "We understand that people make a good organization great and that every individual can make an impact."
For Brown, strong leadership is one of the reasons why he has encouraged former classmates and colleagues to join Mosaic. "There's competitive pay and benefits," he says, "but it's the intangibles like management support that make the difference."
Mosaic cultivates leaders to help feed the world
As a prize-winning graduate student who received her Master's degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2011, Kathlene Jacobson felt attracted to The Mosaic Company as an alternative to the province's oil and gas industry.
With more than 2,200 employees in Canada and more than 9,000 worldwide, Mosaic leads the world in the production of phosphate and potash crop nutrients.
"I liked the company and what it stood for," Jacobson says. "They have a noble mission to help the world grow the food it needs."
In her sixth year with the company, Jacobson moved to Esterhazy, about 225 km east of Regina, to assume the role of process engineer at Mosaic's biggest potash mining facility. The company was sinking the first new production shaft in the province in more than 50 years and is now continuing mine development and completing conveyance systems to transport ore from K3 to the existing K1 and K2 mills to create the largest and most efficient potash mine in the world.
"My main focus has been de-bottlenecking the K2 mill in preparation for the K3 mine to come online," she says. "This involves a detailed evaluation of all aspects of potash separation and recovery. I've also been able to grow my expertise in flotation and crystallization.
After two years in Esterhazy, Jacobson has become the lead of a team of process engineers who are getting the new project up and running. She's also enrolled in the company's Emerging Leaders Program, which provides coaching and mentoring support to 10 junior employees who demonstrate leadership potential.
Through the program, Mosaic supports selected employees in assuming leadership roles. "We develop and empower our own people," says Lisa Poissant, the company's Vice President, Human Resources -- Potash. "It makes me really proud to see people embracing the tools they need to make themselves better at what they do."
Offered for the second time this year, the seven-month program will give Jacobson a broad overview of Mosaic's operations and an understanding of the roles and responsibilities involved in running such an extensive and complex business. As part of the program, Jacobson works with current Mosaic leaders and executive coaches to increase her business acumen and leadership skills.
For Jacobson, the program has reinforced her commitment to Mosaic and its objectives. "I didn't set out to become the next CEO," she says, "but I wanted to gain experience, learn a lot and lead people. Now I'm in my dream role."