City of Vernon named one of best places to work by Human Resources Director Canada

City a great place to work

The City of Vernon has been named one of the best places to work by Human Resources Director Canada.

The HRD report recognizes companies and organizations that have prioritized work-life balance, equity, and mental health for employees, while showing empathetic leadership and the ability to pivot in response to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“These last couple years have been extremely challenging for organizations and employees in all sectors, as we’ve faced a variety of changes and unexpected circumstances,” says city chief administrative officer Will Pearce.

“Nothing about the pandemic has been easy. Many times, we’ve found ourselves travelling through new and uncharted territory.

“Thanks to the dedication, trust, and commitment of our staff, we maintained a safe and healthy workplace, reinforced our commitment to employee mental health and well-being, stayed open for business, and continued to provide an excellent level of service that our citizens, businesses and visitors rely upon, every day.

“This didn’t happen by mistake. This happened because of the philosophy we carry through the entire organization: everything we do is about people and the services we deliver. And I am so proud of the people we have on this team.”

To be considered for the Best Places to Work list, organizations have to complete an in-depth submission looking at factors including: employee engagement, turnover rates, average tenure of staff, compensation and benefits, health and wellness programs, diversity initiatives, professional development, reward and recognition, and green programs.

Employees were then asked to complete a satisfaction survey to rate their organization.

Employers needed to achieve an overall satisfaction rating of at least 75 per cent to be recognized as a Best Place to Work.

Only 26 employers in Canada made the list this year.

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