Recognized as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2019):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 19, 2019)
Here are some of the reasons why Stuart Olson Inc. was selected as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2019):
- Along with supporting ongoing employee development, Stuart Olson invests in developing the next generation of talent, providing opportunities to gain career-level experience through paid internships, co-op placements and summer employment
- Stuart Olson encourages employees to adopt an ownership mentality with a share purchase plan, available to all salaried employees, and offers referral bonuses for employees who help recruit candidates from their personal network (to $1,500 per successful hire)
- Stuart Olson helps employees adopt healthy habits through with after-hours fitness classes and health and wellness challenges, organized by a full-time Health and Wellness Coordinator -- additionally, employees receive a personal wellness spending account of up to $300 per year, which can be used to subsidize related expenses
Stuart Olson employees are living their Promise
Every day at Stuart Olson Inc. is a promising one for employees and management.
Each meeting starts with a "promise moment" where they celebrate each other's or the company's achievements and give kudos for safety achievements, creativity, collaboration and innovation. It's an important part of the corporate culture.
"The Promise is one of our core elements where anybody in the room can celebrate another employee or the organization," says Joette Decore, executive vice-president, corporate strategy and development.
"We're committed to creating a culture built on a passion to do great things. Everybody's striving to be the best that they can be every day, to celebrate everybody's unique skills and talents and to do right by customers. It's what we call living our Promise."
Stuart Olson is one of Canada's largest construction services companies. Headquartered in Calgary, it's a full service organization serving the construction and industrial markets and has clients in commercial, oil and gas, hospitality, mining, health care and education sectors.
With deep roots stretching back to its founding in 1911, Stuart Olson uses its commitment to the Promise to maintain its grassroots, family-oriented company feel. That's a considerable feat for a company which now has offices and projects across Canada.
But living the Stuart Olson Promise isn't just a feel-good moment. It's supplemented by a Living Our Promise Task Force, where employees from across the company meet several times a year with seniors managers to frankly discuss how well the organization is doing in its day-to-day operations and how things could be improved.
"We talk about our goals, what the Promise really means, so we can always keep growing in the industry," says Living Our Promise Task Force member Colby Wiederspiel, project manager/estimator in the company's Edmonton office.
"It's our guiding document and a huge part of our company."
Wiederspiel also appreciates the company's comprehensive benefits package, including flexible work hours, a compressed work week with Friday afternoons off, training programs and a share purchase plan.
"We're all stockholders within our company, which is a huge bonus because when we succeed, we all succeed," Wiederspiel says.
The company is also engaged in the community, giving back hundreds of thousands of dollars to charities, causes like autism, the Ride to Conquer Cancer and sponsoring Thanksgiving dinners at local homeless shelters. Work/life balance is also a priority and the company has an extensive health and wellness program.