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Manitoba Hydro Named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers
October 20, 2010 | Diane Jermyn | Globe and Mail
"It’s not for the faint of heart. To come up with this year’s list of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, now in its 11th year, the editors of Mediacorp Canada Inc., a specialty publisher, sift through a daunting amount of information to analyze each applicant’s operations and HR practices. After an extensive review of the more than 2,750 employers that started this year’s application process, the winners emerge.

The criteria for judging the nation’s dream workplaces have stayed the same since the project began in 1999. Competition focuses on eight key areas: physical workplace; work atmosphere and social events; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications focused on how employers capture feedback from their employees; performance management; training and skills development; community involvement.

Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which has the most forward-thinking programs.

Richard Yerema, managing editor of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, observes that despite challenging times, the best employers continue to maintain and improve working conditions for employees. “Many of this year’s winners have learned from past economic slowdowns that you can do lasting damage to an organization by scaling back on benefits that are important to employees,” Mr. Yerema says."

Diane Jermyn, Globe and Mail, 14 October 2010

Selection Criteria
"To develop this year's Top 100 list, we examined the recruitment histories of over 75,000 employers across Canada that we track for our popular job search site, From this initial group, we invited 10,000 of the fastest-growing employers, plus 6,000 other companies and organizations in industries that our editors wanted to examine more closely, to apply for this year's competition. Employers were asked to complete an extensive application process that included a detailed review of their operations and HR practices. Over 2,000 employers started this year's application process.

In reviewing each employer's application, our editors reviewed eight key areas: (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. These criteria have remained consistent since the inception of our annual competition in 2000.

Our editors' internal grades for each of these eight areas, with supporting reasons, are now published on our popular job search site, (You can read these Reasons for Decision free of charge by clicking the names of the winning employers on the home page for our national competition.) Publishing detailed reasons for selection has been a distinguishing feature of the Canada's Top 100 Employers competition since our first year. Besides providing transparency, it allows other employers to discover what these special organizations are doing -- and to emulate these best practices.

In choosing the finalists, our editors consider how each employer compared to others in its industry and region. This year's list includes large and small employers from a range of industries, offering varying benefits and working conditions. What is common to all winners is that each is an industry leader: from architectural firms to community housing agencies, the employers chosen this year are leaders in their industry in attracting and retaining quality employees."