Recognized as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 30, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Royal, The was selected as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2018):
- As part of the organization's efforts to reach out to the next generation, The Royal offered more than 300 placements in 2016 in a variety of roles including registered nurse, recreation therapy, medical administration and personal support worker
- The Royal considers previous work experience when setting individual vacation entitlements, with starting vacation for new employees ranging between 2 to 4 weeks -- long-serving employees receive a maximum of 7 weeks paid vacation
- Employees working at The Royal have access to a variety of onsite amenities including a quiet room for meditation and religious observance, a cafeteria with healthy and special diet menus, and free access to an onsite fitness facility featuring a variety of exercise equipment, a gymnasium equipped for basketball and volleyball, and a range of instructor-led classes such as pilates, yoga and Zumba
The Royal nurtures continuous learning
Susan Engels and Lisa Young may come from different generations, but both came to The Royal -- one of Canada's leading mental health care, teaching, and research hospitals -- for the same reason. They were attracted by The Royal's reputation as a place that supports its staff to fulfill their highest potential.
Engels joined The Royal three years ago after almost three decades working in public health. "I came largely because of The Royal's tremendous support for continuous education, which in turn leads to continuous improvement in care and research," says Engels, The Royal's Vice President, Quality, Professional Practice & Chief Nursing Executive.
For staff, learning is built into each role, but they also have many opportunities to take that learning further, including frequent lunchtime lectures and knowledge-sharing events. "This is a workplace that is open to people with unique skill sets and wants to hear from everyone at all levels," says Engels. "We truly believe that many minds produce better outcomes."
Young first came to The Royal as a nursing student. After a couple of placements at the hospital, she "fell in love with The Royal's dedication to ongoing learning in a nurturing environment."
Young's placements gave her the opportunity to learn not only on the job, but also through education ses-sions, mentorships and The Royal's collaborative team approach to care. When she graduated in 2014, The Royal hired her and she became fully entrenched in its culture of staff enrichment.
Young has received extensive guidance and backing from senior colleagues, including Engels, which has helped her refine and focus her skills. This support became especially valuable when she chose to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing degree. The Royal helped cover her expenses through bursaries and offered flexible working arrangements to accommodate her studies.
"The Royal recognized and supported my passion to help people and families living with schizophrenia," Young says. "It also helped my thesis research reach wider audiences than it could have without such help."
The Royal supports the wellness of both patients and employees at its three sites in Ottawa, Brockville and the Carlingwood Shopping Centre community mental health centre.
The Ottawa hospital has an onsite, no-cost fitness centre, and its Wellness Series provides frequent workshops and events to promote staff engagement and work-life balance. "Here, we share our knowledge and we support our colleagues," says Young. "If you have a passion and work hard, The Royal will support you to reach your goals."