The awards, which were based on workplace insights offered by managers and employees, went to TELUS for large workplace, Agricultural Financial Services Corporation for medium workplace and cfactor Works for small workplace.
This year was the inaugural for the program. ACE received 72 submissions representing a total employee population of about 140,000, and then based on those written submissions as well as on interviews with employers and employees of nominated companies, partnered with the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada to evaluate the candidates. Those evaluations were based on three areas of criteria: organizational benefits, physical workplace and employee education.
“We live in exciting times for arthritis research, and ARC’s current work-related research led by Dr. Diane Lacaille and her team fills a much-needed role in the realm of arthritis self-management and employment,” ARC Scientific Director John Esdaile said in a statement. “Thanks to this work, coupled with increased awareness of the capabilities of employees with arthritis through programs like Canada's Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis, more Canadians will be able to continue working with varying degrees of adaptations and adjustments, providing a win-win situation for both employers and employees alike.”
Employees from the award-winning companies commented that their employers provided assistance by offering a comfortable, adaptable work environment, while managers said that the positive return for offering progressive health and wellness programs included employee health and morale, health care cost control, absenteeism reduction and increased productivity.
“This award confirms that we are upholding best practices in enabling mobility and flexibility for employees living with arthritis and providing a comprehensive approach to mental and physical well-being,” TELUS Senior Vice President of Community Investment & Wellness Strategy Donna McNicol said in a statement.
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Arthritis Consumer Experts, a national advocacy group providing science-based and education programs, has named the three companies awarded Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis.