By Glenn Lowson, The Globe and Mail

Twelve organizations across Canada received Employee Recommended Workplace Awards for earning top scores in their respective categories.

The organizations are small, medium and large businesses in the public, private, not-for-profit and government sectors.

The awards were given out by The Globe and Mail and Morneau Shepell, which together created the award, at a ceremony last week in Toronto following the Solving Workplace Challenges Summit at The Globe and Mail Centre.

The Employee Recommended Workplace Award recognizes organizations that have excelled in achieving a healthy, engaged and productive work force, and is the only award of its kind based entirely on feedback from employees.

“Upholding a healthy and productive workplace can be a challenging feat for employers,” said Stephen Liptrap, president and chief executive officer at Morneau Shepell.

“Workplace stress and isolation continue to affect employees at a higher rate each year, making it significantly more difficult for employers to achieve positive total well-being of all employees. The 2019 Employee Recommended Workplace Award recipients recognize that successfully supporting the physical, mental, work and life health of employees is critical to creating a healthy workplace culture and to improving the bottom line.”

Overall, 75 companies qualified as Employee Recommended Workplaces for 2019, the third year of the award. The 12 winning companies were the ones with the top score in their category.

“We’re thrilled to see new and returning organizations represented in this year’s awards. These companies are leading the way in prioritizing employee wellness,” said Phillip Crawley, publisher and chief executive officer of The Globe. “We are delighted to recognize organizations that continue to uphold a high standard of employee well-being and congratulate all of the 2019 winners.”

As part of the award, an organization’s employees complete a short confidential survey that includes questions about their physical and mental health, as well as aspects of their work and life – all elements of a person’s total health that affect employee engagement and productivity. Once they’ve completed the survey, employees get a report that tells them what their score means and ways they can improve their health and well-being. Organizations receive a summary report that identifies areas of strength and areas where more work may be needed to improve the health of their work force.

2019 Top Employee Recommended Workplace Award Winners

Privately owned Sklar Wilton & Associates MDS Aero Support Corp. Avison Young (Canada) Inc.
Publicly traded Herman Miller Canada Inc. Sandoz Canada Inc. Pason Systems Corp.
Not-for-profit OCAS Application Services Inc. Aéroport de Québec Inc. CAA Club Group
Governmental Town of Kentville Northwestern Health Unit NB Power

Source: Morneau Shepell, The Globe and Mail