WCB Nova Scotia has been recognized as one of Atlantic Canada’s most progressive and forward-thinking workplaces in the annual competition organized by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers.
This year’s winners were announced in a special feature in the January 2018 issue of Atlantic Business magazine, and were evaluated using the same eight criteria as the national competition: 1) Physical workplace; 2) Work atmosphere & social; 3) Health, financial & family benefits; 4) vacation & time off; 5) Employee communications; 6) Performance management; 7) Training & skills development; and 8) Community involvement. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offers the programs.
“Leading employers recognize that creating a spirit of community in their workplace strengthens engagement, staff cohesion and employee performance,” says Richard Yerema, managing editor of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. “From the Avalon Peninsula to the Bay of Fundy and up to the Miramichi, we see that a strong sense of community is what links this region together and makes these employers so successful.”
Here are (some of) the reasons why the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia was singled out as one of Atlantic Canada’s 2018 Top Employers (and a Nova Scotia Top Employer in 2017):
- WCB NS employees can take a short walk to numerous shops and restaurants in downtown Halifax, or join lunchtime yoga classes at the office.
- WCB NS supports new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments (to 93% of salary for 17 weeks) and offers parental leave top-up for new fathers and adoptive parents (to 93% of salary for 10 weeks).
- WCB NS helps employees prepare for the future with retirement planning assistance and contributions to a defined benefit pension plan.
“Since the competition’s inception,” says Anthony Meehan, publisher of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, “we’ve noticed that employers who take the time to give back to their communities, are almost always better places to work. Growing up in a town in Nova Scotia, I remember that nearly every employer, large or small, did something for the community – and this is something we still see today, across all Atlantic Canada.”