It's easy to feel welcome in Alberta. This province has long attracted a fertile mix of people, creating a vibrant and increasingly diverse workforce. For an Alberta-based company like Graycon I.T., creating that kind of welcoming environment has long been a key to the company’s success – and that kind of culture gets you noticed.
At a special luncheon at a hotel in downtown Calgary, Graycon joined media and members of Alberta’s business community as they celebrated their second year as one of Alberta’s Top 70 Employers.
Now in its 12th year, Alberta's Top Employers is an editorial competition that recognizes the Alberta-based employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. Employers across the province were evaluated by a combination of their workplace and atmosphere, vacation and benefits, employee communications, performance management, training and community involvement.
The winners were announced in a special magazine published simultaneously online, in the Calgary Herald and in the Edmonton Journal this morning. Graycon was highlighted by the editorial team for specific initiatives that made them tops in their category:
- An incentive program for employees to recruit individuals from their personal networks, Graycon offers generous referral bonuses of up to $5,000 for successful hires
- Helping students gain on the job experience with summer roles and co-op opportunities, and also hosts students from SAIT Polytechnic's computer systems program for 3-week "mini" practicums
- A number of company subsidized social events throughout the year including Christmas celebrations for employees and their children, golf and foosball tournaments, a multi-day ski trip, family picnic, beach days and go-karting
For Human Resources’ Autumn Heinze, celebrating Graycon’s inclusion on the list is about more than just another award – it’s an indication of a company culture that helps their staff succeed.
“It's an honour to be on this list with some of the best companies in Alberta,“ says Autumn Heinze, HR for Graycon. “I’ve been with Graycon for nine years as of today, and I still call this place the best place, best boss and best team I’ve ever had in my entire life.“