TORONTO – Since the program began four years ago, Diamond Schmitt Architects has been named one of Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers every year. This year is no exception. And the recognition comes on the heels of being named a Greater Toronto Top Employer and among Canada’s Greenest Employers.
The Small & Medium Business (SME) program is an editorial competition managed by Mediacorp Canada in conjunction with The Globe and Mail. They review thousands of applications from private-sector companies with under 500 employees and rate recruitment histories, HR practices and employee benefits and perks.
“It is gratifying to be recognized by both national and regional programs for being a great place to work,” said Donald Schmitt, Principal, with the design firm. “We work hard to provide a positive work environment to attract, reward and retain the best talent.”
Winning companies are graded on eight key areas: physical workplace; work atmosphere and social programs; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time-off; employee communications; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement.
The practices and policies at Diamond Schmitt cited by the jury include:
• maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers and fathers, to 80 percent of salary ranging from 6 to 8 weeks
• vacation starts at three weeks in addition to the Christmas week and summer working hours
• the firm is rated ‘A’ for its Work Atmosphere and Communications, Employee Engagement & Performance; and for Community Involvement
For a full summary of the editors’ Reasons for Selection, please see: http://content.eluta.ca/top-employer-diamond-schmitt-architects
In addition to recognition in these programs, Diamond Schmitt Architects achieved renewed Platinum Club status among Canada’s Best Managed Companies, a program curated by Deloitte and the National Post.
Current projects at the firm include Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver; the National Arts Centre revitalization in Ottawa; the redevelopment and expansion of Medicine Hat Regional Hospital; and multiple projects for the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre.