Recognized as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2019):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Apr 11, 2019)
Here are some of the reasons why Sourced Group Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2019):
- Sourced Group starts new employees with three weeks of paid vacation -- and helps employees balance their day-to-day with flexible hours and telecommuting work options
- Sourced Group's employee "Culture Council" social committee organizes a variety of fun events for employees throughout the year, including off-site team building events, monthly birthday parties, a Christmas party, and Friday afternoon wine and beer socials -- and employees are always welcome to take a break and hang with the office dog, Frankie
Sourced's supportive atmosphere puts staff first
It's not the way most executives would spend their time. But one afternoon four years ago, as they prepared to open the Toronto office of Sourced Group Inc., Founder and CEO Jon Spinks and Paul Bertoni, Managing Director, Canada, spent a couple of hours at an office supplier's showroom checking out chairs.
"We tested out 15 types," recalls Bertoni, who has seen the staff at the Toronto office of the global cloudconsulting firm grow from five team mem-bers to 60 since 2015. "Maybe some managers would just go through a catalogue. But, for us, we want to make sure we give our employees the best work environment possible."
For Bertoni and Spinks, it's part of a personal mission: they want Sourced to be the last company that new recruits ever work for. The company's low attrition rate suggests they're succeeding. Much of the appeal is a corporate culture based on six fundamental values: integrity, innovation, quality, humility, service and sustainability.
"We've worked diligently to make Sourced the kind of company that attracts and retains top talent in a very competitive market," says Spinks, who has overseen the expansion of the company from Australia to Canada to, most recently, Singapore.
"Based on these values," he adds, "we strive to create a unique workplace that is open, transparent and welcoming to diverse cultures, skills and opinions. We believe that everyone brings something to the table, and we encourage employees to be candid." In return, says Bertoni, Sourced shares almost every aspect of the business with employees. Building loyalty and longevity, he adds, depends on creating a workplace where employees feel truly appreciated and where they can grow professionally.
"We value employees' well-being over pretty much everything else," he notes. "We start from there and work out to our clients and partners."
At Sourced, colleagues genuinely like each other and often socialize outside of work hours, says Spinks. Sourced's two-part interview process helps ensure a collegial atmosphere. The company initially interviews for technical skills, and then for cultural fit. "Candidates need to demonstrate an understanding of our values," he adds, "and how they've practised at least some of them in their professional lives."
When Project Manager Vimmy Solanki relocated from Montreal to Toronto last year, the job offer she got from Sourced checked all the boxes.
"They had everything on my list for a perfect employer," says the electrical engineering and management graduate from Concordia University and McGill. "What really impressed me is how much they value their people."
If an issue causes consternation, management makes a sincere effort to fix it, she notes. "They care about employees at a personal level," she says. "It's like a family. They try to create that vibe. It's like your second home."
In addition, says Solanki, she gets to work for major clients, including three of Canada's Big Five banks. And the company's rapid growth provides great opportunities for advancement. "They help you realize your career aspirations, and they support that," she says. "It's not like other companies where you get buried under all these layers."
Many team members spend much of the week working at client locations, she explains. But returning to the Toronto office on Fridays is generally mandatory. The day usually ends with a "Tribal Knowledge" session, where team members take turns giving technical or business presentations, followed by socializing over the office beer tap. Solanki says Sourced tries to organize at least one social event every month that appeals to employees of all ages and their families.
The company also offers competitive salaries and benefits, and supports professional development and employee recognition. And even though Sourced is privately held, it recently introduced a popular Employee Stock Ownership Program. "We wanted to demonstrate that management and staff are truly aligned," explains Spinks. "All of us will share in the rewards of continuing to grow a strong and successful company."