Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Dec 6, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation / OLG was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2019):
- Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation keeps employees informed and up to date through regular town halls hosted by the CEO and executive roundtables, which allow employees to interact with executives informally -- and also encourages employees to share feedback and suggestions through the Bright Ideas platform
- Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation helps employees plan securely for the future with contributions to a defined benefit pension plan and health benefits that extend to retirees (with no age limit)
- Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace through a dedicated committee and training on a number of related topics, including LGBT inclusion and Indigenous culture
OLG supports diversity and inclusion with Pride
Three years ago, Jessica Brcko landed a job in the Toronto office of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and was immediately struck by the talent of her new peers. "We have a lot of really smart and committed people right across the organization," says Brcko.
She was also impressed with the organization's commitment to diversity and inclusion and, last spring, landed a dream job with the corporation. She is now OLG's Diversity and Inclusion Lead. "I was part of the team that put together OLG's first Women's Network," Brcko says. "It was the beginning of my formal shift into the diversity and inclusion space. That's my passion. It's great to work for a company where you can pursue your passion."
OLG also has a very active PRIDE Network that is focused on LGBTQ2+ inclusion at OLG as well as supporting OLG's commitment to Pride Toronto and Pride Month each June. "We're proud sponsors of the Toronto Pride Parade," adds Brcko. "Employees at all levels participate and last year we had three senior executives on our float."
OLG is currently in the midst of a major organizational restructuring that is changing how it manages its business, says Larry Rourke, Senior Vice-President Human Resources. And that is leading to a considerable movement within the corporation, as well as creating opportunities.
"If you like change it's a very exciting time at OLG," says Rourke. "That tends to be one of the top reasons people come here."
OLG has created a comprehensive onboarding program called the New Employee Experience that provides a smooth entry for anyone who joins the organization. There are online tools to ensure that new hires are fully briefed on OLG's code of conduct, its history, and regulations that must be followed. Managers receive reminders to check on team members at regular intervals over the first few months.
"We want to make sure that the individual is connected and getting everything he or she needs," Rourke says. "The feedback has been very, very positive and we're going to continue to build on that."
OLG hires summer interns and co-op students to work in various departments, but especially IT. Students with backgrounds in IT can work on any number of initiatives that are important to the corporation, including testing, software development and cyber-security. And co.op placements or internships very often lead to a permanent position.
Employees can take advantage of a whole suite of online career planning tools that allow them to assess strengths and weaknesses and to chart a career path. "There's a lot of material available and employees can access it at their leisure," Rourke says. "It also gives managers the ability to have career development conversations with employees."
The corporation encourages professional development largely through a series of in-house, online training materials. However, exceptions are made. Brcko was able to participate in the Rotman School of Management's two-day Athena program for women in leadership roles. "The organization was very supportive," says Brcko. "Afterward I was able to make a presentation to my team members and share what I'd learned. So the learning didn't stop with me."
OLG allows employees to work flexible hours, to work from home or adopt a compressed work week. These initiatives tend to be informal and arranged between employees and their managers. "I've found our flex-work approach to be very helpful," says Brcko. "We're treated as professional adults. The flexibility is great if you need to work from home or go to a medical appointment. Sometimes life gets complicated and it's great to work for an employer that truly enables work and life balance.