BC’s Top employers is an annual competition that determines exactly what it appears to – the top employers in BC. The university has made its way onto the list, which ranks the best places to work in all of BC, and UNBC is one of only three organizations selected from outside the lower mainland. While these rankings don’t seem to give northern employers much of a reputation, UNBC has broken through as the university’s staff is considered to be as happy as any rain-loving Vancouverite. Mediacorp, the largest publisher of employment periodicals, composed the list and to receive a place on this exclusive list eight criteria are considered. The physical workplace is evaluated along with the work and social atmosphere; health, financial and family benefits; vacation time; employee communications; performance management; training; and community involvement.
The Editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers found several benefits that UNBC provides for its Employees. According to the editors UNBC helps employees balance their personal and working lives with a variety of alternative working options like flexible hours and earned days off programs. The university also encourages its employees to continue their education by subsidizing tuition for courses. The Editors were further pleased with UNBC’s policy giving three week paid vacations to new employees with the option of earning up to five weeks throughout their employment with the university. The onsite daycare services and generous maternity leave policies which helps accommodate new parents and staff with young children were also positively noted by the editors.
“We have known for a long time that UNBC is a desirable place to work,” says UNBC president George Iwama. “I’m so pleased that our faculty and staff our receiving this recognition because it is largely their efforts and dedication that make it so. UNBC is a passionate hard working community and we are honored by this affirmation.” UNBC human resource director Sheila Page adds, “employees regularly comment on UNBC’s modern architecture and bright, airy work space, the community atmosphere, our development programs, the extensive benefits packages we offer and our ongoing commitment to being Canada’s Green University.”