We keep saying Northwood is a great place to work. Now others are saying it as well. In December, we were featured in the Herald as one of Nova Scotia’s top employers for 2017. Today, the Atlantic Business magazine named Northwood as one of Atlantic Canada’s top employers for 2017. This is the fifth year in a row that Northwood has won this award.
The Atlantic Canada’s Top Employers is an annual competition organized by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. This special designation recognizes the employers in Canada’s four Atlantic Provinces that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work.
The award recognizes Northwood for its leadership in a number of key areas including:
- helping students and new grads gain on-the-job experience through co-op programs, summer student roles and paid internship opportunities
- encouraging employees to continue their professional development with formal mentoring, a variety of in-house and online training programs and leadership training
- Employees working at the organization’s main location can take advantage of a variety of onsite amenities, including an employee lounge, a quiet room for meditation and relaxation, a fitness facility and a Community Health Centre.
Employers complete an extensive application process that includes a detailed review of their operations and HR practices. Over 3,000 employers started this year’s application process nationally. Eight key areas are examined: (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.
“It was a lot of work,” says Janet Simm, President and CEO of Northwood. The application called for detailed information on a broad range of subjects, programs and initiatives geared to staff. “To be recognized five years in a row is quite an achievement. It speaks volumes about what we have in place to support our staff.”
Award winners were announced in the January issue of the Atlantic Business magazine.