Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Nov 8, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Teck Resources Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and BC's Top Employers (2018) :
- Teck Resources helps employees prepare for the future with a defined contribution pension plan, retirement planning assistance, and phased-in work options where operationally feasible
- Teck Resources supports a number of local, national and international community and charitable initiatives with funding through multi-year partnerships -- and also strongly encourages employees to share their feedback on initiatives to support and get involved through a generous matching donations program (to $3,000 annually)
- Teck Resources invests in the education of current and future generations, offering tuition subsidies for job-related courses for existing employees and academic scholarships for children of employees (to $1,750 per child)
Teck has the resources to connect employees
When Cassandra Parker joined Teck Resources Limited in 2014, she'd already worked in the mining industry and knew the company by reputation. More important, she knew about its size and the scope of its operations.
"Its scope was the big thing for me," says Parker, an Internal Communications Specialist in Vancouver.
As Canada's largest diversified resource company, Teck is involved in steelmaking coal, copper, zinc and energy production in locations from Alaska and British Columbia to Chile and Peru.
"Our largest concentration of employees work here. Seven of our 13 operations are in B.C.," says Dean Winsor, Vice President of Human Resources.
With more than 10,000 employees, Teck strives to maintain a cohesive culture that emphasizes the company's values. In fact, says Winsor, "our company takes a values-based approach to employees "
Teck's values are reflected in the company's employee publication called Connect, for which Parker develops content and writes and edits articles. With her background in public relations and communications, a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Victoria and further studies in PR and marketing at Simon Fraser University and New York University, Parker has focused for the last three years on building Connect into a more substantial publication.
Over that period, it has grown from a relatively small, 18-page PDF posted on Teck's internal Internet into a 40-page periodical published four times a year at Teck.com/Connect. Through it, Teck addresses a wide range of topics and issues, from sustainability and transgendered employees to the applications of the minerals that Teck produces, such as copper in electric cars and zinc in health-care products and solar panels.
"We're empowering employees to talk about the company," Parker says. "Connect receives thousands of views. People show it to their families and friends."
At the same time as she has contributed to the growth of Connect, Parker has also grown in her job. "I've been able to build my skill set and advance my career, with the company's support."
As part of Teck's Building Strength With People initiative, Parker and her manager set goals at the beginning of each year that she can achieve over the next 12 months. After six months, they review her progress and, at the end of the year, measure her success and set new goals for the next year.
"I get to guide my own development and increase my responsibilities," she says. "And I get to do what I love."