Recognized as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Mar 21, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Stuart Olson Inc. was selected as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2017):
- Stuart Olson provides maternity leave top-up payments to employees who are new mothers (to 100% of salary for up to 6 weeks) and offers flexible hours when they return to work
- 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 maintains a flexible health plan, allowing employees to customize levels of coverage according to their personal needs and transfer unused credits to additional salary, savings or a health spending account
Stuart Olson builds on its Promise
Project Manager Wayne Siffledeen has seen his workplace change significantly in the 10 years he's been with Stuart Olson Inc. And as far as he and his colleagues at the construction company are concerned, it's all for the better.
"Before, we all operated as individuals," says Siffledeen. "Now, our focus is on teamwork and building better relationships with our co-workers, our clients and the communities where we operate."
The "before" Siffledeen is referring to is a time when nine different companies reported to a holding company. After realigning and rebranding, the new entity emerged in 2014 as Stuart Olson. A $1-billion-plus company based in Calgary and active from B.C. to Ontario, its three segments offer general contracting for the public and private sectors; electrical services; and industrial general contracting and services primarily for the oil and gas, mining and energy sectors.
A new company-wide culture was needed. Rather than prescribe change from above, President and CEO David LeMay established a committee of employees from throughout Stuart Olson. Tasked with sharing the benefit of uniting as one company, with one team, working towards one vision, they took their mandate to heart.
The result was the Stuart Olson Promise. With guiding principles featuring integrity, collaboration, open communication and sustainability, the document defined ? and ultimately created ? a culture of positive performance. It remains relevant thanks in part to the Living Our Promise Task Force.
The ongoing work of that group is one of the many ways Stuart Olson encourages feedback from its employees. Says LeMay: "We have an environment where we take great care to remind our employees that their voice matters."
He says it's also important that employees know the company appreciates their dedication. "You can say something's important, but if you don't back it up, it's not important," says LeMay. "That's why we invest in our employees."
Along with competitive pay, the company offers salaried employees comprehensive and flexible benefits. Among them: a retirement savings program and an employee share purchase plan, both with matching contributions from the company; a health plan with both core and flex components; an extensive health and wellness program; and flex-time options to support work-life balance.
Siffledeen, who's based in Edmonton, is about to complete a two-year term on the Living Our Promise Task Force. So while he agrees the benefits and working conditions are excellent, he offers another perspective: "It's our Promise that sets Stuart Olson apart."