We’re proud to be considered one of Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers by The Globe and Mail and MediaCorp — not just for perks we provide, but for the culture that we’ve created.
The Globe and Mail and MediaCorp have unveiled their list of Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers for 2016, recognizing companies with unique cultures and exceptional workplaces. And we’re proud to share that the list (drum roll please) includes Igloo.
Now in its fourth year, the list honors private-sector companies with under 500 employees worldwide based on:
- Physical workplace
- Work and social atmosphere
- Health, financial, and family benefits
- Vacation and time off
- Performance management
- Employee communications
- Training and skills development
- Community involvement
Their research proves that any organization, regardless of size, industry, or location, can build an employer brand that rivals what larger organizations offer. Richard Yerema, Managing Editor of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project noted that: “This year’s SME winners provide striking examples of smaller organizations ‘getting it right’ on a range of important benefits, from maternity leave to flexible vacation policies.”
Perks have their place, but culture defines the company
When it comes to benefits, it’s the big tech companies that often make the headlines with their killer perks. Free meals, foosball tables, and bring-your-pet-to-work days are so commonplace now that they barely even register as job perks anymore.
Some startups and SMEs are also using those kind of perks to entice the best and brightest. While these can make for some good bullet points at the bottom of a job listing, they only really matter if they feed into an existing culture that employees want to work hard for every day.
At Igloo, we have our share of cool perks (no pun intended). Stock options, a wellness program, office hover boards, and a comprehensive insurance package are just a few of the incentives offered to employees. These perks are certainly great, but they’re just one part of our story because when the thrill of the perk fades away, what’s left is the culture.
Choose policies that reinforce the company you strive to be
Your culture underlies everything. It impacts how decisions are made, how work gets done, and how long people stick around. A recent study by Tinypulse found that employees who give their work culture low marks are nearly 15% more likely to think about a new job than their counterparts.
We’ve created a culture at Igloo that lets people drive their own success. To quote our CEO, Dan Latendre, “We say, don’t come if you need to be told what to do.” The lack of hierarchy is not for everyone, and we work hard to attract people who will be a good fit.
For Igloo, programs like flexible work hours, remote working policies, and the latest tools for virtual collaboration are perks that are meaningful and reinforce our approach to culture. It’s a strategy that seems to be working and will continue to — long after the hover board batteries die.