TORONTO, ON (April 27, 2017) — Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada (H+K) is one of just six other companies in Canada who have been named one of the country’s Best Workplaces for the 11th consecutive year. After reviewing hundreds of submissions and surveying tens of thousands of employees across Canada, the Great Place to Work® Institute Canada published its annual list in The Globe and Mail’s special national report today.
“Being recognized as one of the Best Workplaces in Canada for the eleventh time is incredibly gratifying. It says a lot about the quality of our people, the culture we’ve built and the leadership team that we have in place.” says Goldy Hyder, president and CEO of H+K.
This news comes on the heels of the firm’s sixth Best Workplaces for Women designation, which was announced last month. Hill+Knowlton Canada is also a proud recipient of the 2017 Great Place to Work Certification Program, now in its second year; an enhancement to the Best Workplaces Program, it requires organizations earn a minimum Trust Index score during the submission process.
“At H+K, we have some of the industry’s most loyal practitioners—due in large part to a corporate culture that values diversity, and one that constantly strives for excellence.” adds Hyder. “Among other benefits, we encourage entrepreneurialism with incentives available to all staff, regardless of levels, and invite peer-to-peer recognition through a program we have called ‘Give-a-WOW!’. We have a flexible fitness subsidy that reimburses employees for exercising on their terms. Each employee has 1.5 days a year for volunteer work, and a ‘gift of time’ that provides extended time off before statutory long weekends. We offer flex-time, telecommuting and part-time roles to help our people find the best work-life balance. And there’s always free, healthy snacks and beverages available in every office across the country.”
Managing partner of Great Place to Work® Canada Jose Tolovi Neto says: “As strategic communication companies evolve to tackle new, more challenging problems with their customers, the people side of their workplace must raise its game,” says Jose Tolovi Neto, Managing Partner of Great Place to Work Canada. “We applaud Hill+Knowlton for getting this. Now on its 11th year as one of Canada’s Best Workplaces, it has built a great culture with empowered employees who deliver great customer experiences.”
Best Workplaces Award criteria
The competition for “Best Workplaces in Canada” is based on two criteria: two-thirds of the total score comes from an in-depth survey completed by a minimum number of employees, along with open-ended comments about the organization; the remaining one-third of the score comes from a review of the organization’s culture, including an evaluation of HR policies, procedures and benefits. This offers a rigorous representation of the organization from an employee perspective, and an overall portrait of the workplace culture. The process is an independent analysis conducted by the Great Place to Work Institute.
Great Place to Work®
Great Place to Work® is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. We are a research and consulting firm whose mission is to build a better society by helping companies transform their workplaces. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services and employer branding programs, including workplace certification and Best Workplaces lists, Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework and expertise needed to create, sustain and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. In Canada, Great Place to Work® produces the annual 100 Best Workplaces list, released in a national feature in the Globe and Mail. This is part of the world’s largest annual workplace study, which culminates in a series of national lists in almost 50 countries, including the study’s flagship list of 100 Best companies published annually in Fortune magazine. Globally, this survey represents the voices of 11 million employees, including approximately 300,000 from Canada alone. It’s what makes this study so credible: the primary determinant used in selecting winners is an employee survey. There’s only one way to get on this list—and that’s if your employees put you there. Follow Great Place to Work® online at www.greatplacetowork.ca and on Twitter at @GPTW_Canada.
With nine offices across the country, Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada is a leader in both public relations and public affairs. Headquartered in Toronto, the company is the No. 1-rated strategic communications firm in the country. Its experts specialize in corporate communications, marketing communications, public affairs, citizen engagement, crisis, energy, technology, health care, content marketing, research and measurement, social and digital communications, financial communications and transactions. The only communications firm to have earned the Canada Order of Excellence for Quality from Excellence Canada, it has been recognized as one of the Best Workplaces in Canada for 11 consecutive years. Its parent company, Hill+Knowlton Strategies Inc., has 86 offices in more than 47 countries as well as an extensive associate network; and it is a member of WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY), one of the world’s largest communications services groups.
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