[By Brian Last]
I’m back, with five more amazing companies from the Financial Post 2016 list. You can read part one of this series here. The following list demonstrates how working for a company who values their employees offers peace of mind and makes for a more productive worker.
Ford Motor Company Ltd.
Founded in 1904, Ford has been a staple of the automotive industry. Rugged, reliable, and tough has been part of the Ford brand for a century, but Ford is also responsible and ethical. Voted the most ethical brand of 2016, Ford aims to maintain corporate responsibility. It has been involved with community engagement in various avenues like sports and children’s funds.
Ford also supplies its employees with a state of the art gym and subsidized tuition for workers to improve their skills in apprenticeships and improvement programs.
Nature’s Path Foods Inc.
Nature’s Path keeps its staff eating healthy and active with a great gym and staff-run fitness classes. It even offers its employees an onsite organic garden that they can work on to unwind during a hard day. In a constant effort to be more ‘green’, Nature’s Path was deemed zero waste certified in 2010, and by 2020 it plans to be completely carbon neutral.
Opentext invests in its staff by offering in-house training opportunities and subsidizing tuitions for other courses outside the company, including its neighbor, the University of Waterloo.
Don’t let the mishaps of the Note 7 discount this tech giant. Samsung offers a flexible work environment dedicated to bettering its employees. It established Women@SECA in 2013, with the goal of connecting women throughout the company. It also encourages the increased presence of women in executive roles through development, mentorship and networking.
Siemens Canada Ltd.
Siemens keeps its employees’ skills up to date by offering tuition subsidies for classes, with a combination of in-house and online training programs. It helps employees save for their futures with an employee suggestion program that can help them save upwards of $100,000 dollars.
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