Employee working in the Hospital for Sick Children's cryomicroscopy facility
Chosen as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers and Greater Toronto's Top Employers for 2013:
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors
(Oct 9, 2012)
Some of the reasons why SickKids
was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2013
- a family friendly employer that offers fertility drug coverage under its health benefits plans, and supports new parents with maternity and parental leave top-up payments, available to new mothers and fathers, including adoptive parents
- helps older workers plan for life after work with retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options to help employees transition into retirement and the a defined benefit pension plan
- the newest building features an impressive glass atrium with its own "main street" that includes a water fountain feature, glassed-in elevators, suspended walkways and variety of restaurants and cafés
- supports ongoing employee development with a variety of in-house and online training programs, mentoring, a formal management training program, subsidies for professional association memberships and generous tuition subsidies (up to $6,000 per year) for courses taken at outside institutions
- offers great healthcare career opportunities at one of the country's most recognized and growing healthcare institutions -- the hospital added over 90 new positions last year
The Hospital for Sick Children ("SickKids") is a teaching and research-intensive hospital dedicated exclusively to improving children's health.
Established in 1875, the hospital is one of Canada's leading children's hospitals and one of the worlds leading academic health sciences centre dedicated to improving children's health. The 300 bed hospital provides a complete range of healthcare services for children of all ages, from infancy through to youth up to 18 years of age. While able to provide a complete range of paediatric services, SickKids is known around the world for the delivery of the most complex and specialized healthcare, including advanced cancer therapies, complex surgical interventions, cardiacsurgeries and multi-organ transplantation. In addition to serving families across Canada, the hospital is recognized widely for providing complex and specialized treatments for hundreds of children every year from countries around the world.
Industry: General Medical and Surgical Hospitals.
Major Canadian hiring locations: Toronto ON.
Full-time employees in Canada: 4,529.
New jobs created in Canada last year: 94.
Part-time employees in Canada: 857.
Workforce engaged on a contract basis: 18.3%.
Number of applications received at this location last year: 45,000.
Average age of all employees: 40.2.
Longest serving employee: 52.6 years.
SickKids' physical workplace is rated as above-average. The hospital's downtown campus consists of several buildings that are linked together to provide convenient and all-weather access for staff. SickKids' flagship building features an architecturally award winning atrium that is home to garden terraces and patient care areas all set in an environment of natural light with a spectacular water fountain, indoor green spaces and a multi-station cafeteria area that features a variety of food selections, including, Subway, Sushi Express, Pastabilities as well as 24 hour Starbucks and Tim Horton's coffee shops. Within the hospital there are unit lounges with comfortable seating and televisions for taking a break during the day. The hospital also features three meditation/religious observance rooms and an occupational health clinic that employee can access during the day. The hospital also features an onsite fitness facility (with shower facilities and instructor-led classes such as yoga, boot camp, dance lessons and pilates); secure bicycle parking; transit subsidies; subsidized car parking; a carpool sign-up system; and convenient access to public transit.
Work Atmosphere & Communications
SickKids' work atmosphere is rated as very good. On the job (and depending on their position, employees enjoy business casual dress; casual dress daily; can listen to music while working. Throughout the year SickKids hosts a variety of social events for employees (and their families), including an annual breakfast (served by senior management), a summer staff barbeque, a Christmas holiday party for employees and their children (hosted at a fun venue with gifts for children), as well as employee recognition celebrations to recognize excellent performance, long service and retiring employees. The Hospital also hosts a unique "Humanitarian Awards" celebration to recognize those students, volunteers and employees who exemplify the qualities of compassion and humanitarianism in providing care to patients and their families. Company newsletter; corporate intranet site; traditional suggestion box; email suggestion box.
Financial Benefits & Compensation
SickKids' financial benefits are rated as above-average. To keep salaries competitive the company participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months. Individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months. Along with ensuring that compensation levels remain competitive the hospital provides signing bonuses for some employees; year-end bonuses for some employees; defined benefit pension plan; defined contribution pension plan; life & disability insurance; retirement planning assistance; phased-in retirement work options; discounted home and auto insurance; and discounts with a variety of nearby vendors and retailers. (Union and non-union employees participate in the defined benefit pension plan with the optional defined contribution pension plan available to physicians and scientists).
Health & Family-Friendly Benefits
SickKids' health and family benefits are rated as above-average. The Hospital has separate health plans for its union and non-union personnel. Both plans are administered by Sun Life Financial and feature the following minimum coverages. As part of the health plan, the employer pays 75% of the premiums. Employees who work 30 hours per week receive coverage. The maximum waiting period for new employees is 90 days. Family coverage is available on the health benefits plan. The basic plan includes routine dental; restorative dental; orthodontics; eyecare ($200 every 2 years); traditional medicine coverage; employee assistance (EAP) plan; medical equipment and supplies; massage therapy; homecare; travel insurance. Employees can also take advantage of discounted memberships to GoodLife Fitness centres. SickKids' family-friendly benefits include maternity and parental leave top payments for non-union employees (to 84% for 25 weeks) for new mothers and parental leave top-up payments (to 84% for 25 weeks) for new fathers and adoptive parents. The hospital's unionized employees receive; maternity top-up payments (to 93% of salary for 27 weeks); parental leave top-up for new fathers (to 93% of salary for 12 weeks); parental leave top-up for adoptive parents (to 93% of salary for 12 weeks); health benefits during maternity and parental leave; extended unpaid parental leave option (beyond the first year). In addition to leave support (and varying with position), returning employees can take advantage of; flexible working hours; 35-hour work week (with full pay); shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay); compressed work week; telecommuting.
Vacation & Personal Time-Off
SickKids' vacation and personal time-off are rated as average. New employees receive 2 weeks of vacation allowance after their first year. Vacation increases after 3 years on the job. Long-serving employees receive a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation each year. Employees receive 12 paid sick days every year. Employees can schedule 2 personal days off each year, as needed. Employees can also apply for an unpaid leave of absence. (Depending on the position, some employees start with 3 and 4 weeks paid vacation, also moving to a maximum of 6 weeks paid vacation.).
SickKids' employee engagement program is rated as above-average. Employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months. Managers receive training in how to conduct effective performance reviews. Performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work. As part of the review process employees can provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance. Exit interviews are provided for departing employees. Every year, the Hospital recognizes exceptional performance through special nursing, physician and administration employee awards. In addition, top performing employees have the opportunity to win the prestigious "President's Award" in celebration of their excellent performance. Sick Kids also presents a unique "Humanitarian Award" that honours employees, students and volunteers who exemplify the qualities of compassion and humanitarianism in the care of children. SickKids sponsors its own in-house employee satisfaction survey. SickKids hires an outside consultant to conduct confidential employee satisfaction and engagement surveys. (These surveys are held every 12 months).
Training & Skills Development
SickKids' training and skills development program is rated as very good. Employees receive tuition subsidies for courses related to their position. (Employer pays up to $6,000 in subsidies). In addition to related tuition subsidies, the Hospital also supports ongoing employee development through subsidies for professional accreditations; formal mentoring program; career planning services; in-house training programs; online training programs; new employee orientation program; and a formal management training program.
SickKids' community involvement program is rated as above-average. Every year the hospital and its employees support a variety of local, national and international charitable initiatives. In keeping with the Hospital's specialty areas, health employees volunteer and have developed a number of specialized initiatives ins support of children, from local neighbourhood vision and hearing screening clinics to the "SickKids No Boundaries" team of more than 30 health professionals. Through this initiative, employees volunteeer their time to train and provide dental and surgical care to children living in under-served regions of the world, including Ethiopia, Jamaica, Nepal, Peru and Ethiopia -- the unique program recently launched a long-term partnership to build paediatric surgical capacity in Ethiopia. Every year, employees also volunteer and raise funds for a variety of charitable initiative, including the United Way, the Big Bike ride in support of the Heart & Stroke Foundation, and Megan's Walk: Creating a Circle of Hope in support of paediatric brain tumour research.
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