Employees’ Choice Awards: Why you want to work for these 10 companies

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A national retail chain, a high-end hotel and one of the city’s largest advertising firms are among Ottawa’s top employers, according to those organizations’ own workers.

Employees' Choice Awards reception 2012-13

In total, 10 companies are being honoured with Employees’ Choice Awards, a program organized by Ottawa Business Journal, the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and TalentMap.

To participate, local organizations are invited to launch confidential employee engagement surveys, which measure their perceptions of managers and senior leaders, opportunities for personal and professional growth as well as overall job satisfaction.

Participating organizations must have at least 30 employees and achieve a statistically relevant response level. The recipients are selected based on hundreds of employee surveys.

“There is no better way to find Ottawa’s top workplaces than by directly asking their employees for feedback,” says OBJ publisher Michael Curran.

“These employers have found creative ways to connect with their employees and have achieved an enviable level of engagement.”

Indeed, TalentMap president and founder Sean Fitzpatrick has turned the art of employee engagement into a science.

Mr. Fitzpatrick has been giving variations of a workplace survey for more than a dozen years.

For many employees, Mr. Fitzpatrick says, this means being able to visualize a clear career path.

While there are some easy steps an employer can take, such as highlighting job openings internally, for example, he says managers must also make employees aware that it is up to them to take responsibility for their own job and career.

“The onus is on both sides,” he says.

For employees, “it’s about asking questions, talking to managers, networking within the organization, figuring out who does what and how things get done.”

But as shown by many of this year’s Employees’ Choice Award recipients, companies can play an active role in facilitating that process.



A Hundred Answers



Collins Barrow Ottawa LLP

CORADIX Technology Consulting

Giant Tiger Stores



Paul Rushforth Real Estate


Is my work challenging?

Am I proud to tell others about my employer?

Am I optimistic about the future of my organization?

Am I willing to put in extra effort?

Does my organization inspire me to do my best work?

Would I recommend my employer to others?

Does my job provide me with a sense of personal accomplishment?

Is there a connection between my work and the organization’s objectives?


Employees’ Choice Award recipients will be honoured at a cocktail ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 29, starting at 6 p.m. at Lago Bar & Grill. Tickets are $25 for Ottawa Chamber of Commerce members and $30 for non-members. For more information, visit employeeschoice.ca.

Organizations: Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and TalentMap, Technology Consulting, Tiger Stores

Geographic location: Ottawa

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