Recognized as one of Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2018)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 23, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Saskatchewan Blue Cross was selected as one of Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2018):
- Saskatchewan Blue Cross offers a year-end bonus program (to $600) and helps employees plan for life after work through a defined contribution pension plan
- Saskatchewan Blue Cross supports ongoing employee development with generous tuition subsidies (to $2,000 annually) for courses related and indirectly related to their current position and provides subsidies for professional accreditation
- Employees at Saskatchewan Blue Cross' head office are encouraged to keep fit with free memberships to an onsite fitness facility that features instructor-led classes such as yoga, Zumba and barre fitness classes -- employees can also take advantage of a wellness spending account as part of their health benefits plan
Saskatchewan Blue Cross champions well-being
When you support the number of charities that Saskatchewan Blue Cross (SBC) does, your company has to have a workplace culture that puts caring at the top of every job description. That's just what SBC does and what makes them a top employer in Dayna L'Ecuyer's book.
"There are just so many opportunities to be involved in the community and give back in ways that you couldn't as an individual," says L'Ecuyer, an Executive Administrative Professional. "That was very important to me when I started, it's kept me here for the last eight years and will keep me here into the future. I'm looking forward to a long career with the company."
Saskatchewan Blue Cross provides health and dental benefits, travel, short- and long-term disability and other life insurance coverage. With offices in Saskatoon and Regina and a network of brokers throughout Saskatchewan, it has deep roots in the communities it serves.
L'Ecuyer appreciates the comprehensive benefits package the company offers, including an annual incentive program, a pension plan and tuition subsidies of up to $2,000 annually. Being in the wellness business, it puts a high value on an employee's total well-being. Benefits include access to counselling, a wellness benefit and on-site wellness programming.
"We have a gym in our office and we provide workout classes, so it's easier to be focused on health and wellness and get involved with other staff here to take a break from work," L'Ecuyer says. "It also saves time and money out of our own pockets. We don't have to look for parking, we have lockers for our equipment, it's convenient and a pretty special benefit."
But it's the opportunity to help in the community that makes the company unique for L'Ecuyer.
"We care about the community and we care about each other. If we're caring for our own people then it extends out into the community, it extends out to our clients and that's just how we do business," she says.
From the SBC Recess Guardians Program that's reintroduced play into school playgrounds to the Push2Play initiative and the United Way campaign, the company and its employees extend their culture of caring about each other into communities across the province.
"We care about the clients that we work with, we care about the community, we care about the health and wellness of the Saskatchewan people and we care about one another, too," says Todd Peterson, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.