TORONTO – Diamond Schmitt Architects for the third consecutive year has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2018 in a nationwide survey conducted by Mediacorp Canada Inc. The program reviews the recruitment histories of over 90,000 firms and invites 7500 companies to submit detailed applications that outline their operations and Human Resources practices, which are compared against other companies by sector and by region.
Once again, Diamond Schmitt Architects is the only architecture firm and one of the smallest companies on a list that includes some of the most recognizable names across the Canadian corporate landscape.
“Our firm is growing and with it a responsibility to develop innovative and exceptional programs that keep our staff energized and engaged,” said Lilia Kiriakou, Human Resources Director with the 200-person design practice. “We pride ourselves on knowing what’s really important to our employees and encourage our staff to be a part of making positive change.”
Canada’s Top 100 Employers is an editorial initiative that recognizes employers with exceptional human resources programs and forward-thinking workplace policies. “Truly, these are the employers that continue to develop and adopt policies that define best practices for our current time, employers who understand that HR best practices evolve with the expectations of new generations,” said Richard Yerema, Managing Editor at Mediacorp Canada.
The competition focuses on eight key criteria: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time-Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; (7) Training & Skills Development; and (8) Community Involvement. The results of these graded criteria form a catalogue of best practices for employers and job seekers alike and can be viewed here.
The jury this year pointed to Diamond Schmitt’s practices and policies including flexible work options, professional development opportunities, in-house training and generous subsidized tuition fees for outside courses, lunch and learns, weekly office-wide design meetings, health, financial and family benefits, wellness initiatives, social events for staff and their families, annual employee performance reviews, and an active commitment to community engagement.
Diamond Schmitt Architects (www.dsai.ca) is a leading architectural practice based in Toronto with an international reputation for design excellence and sustainable design solutions. An extensive portfolio includes academic buildings, libraries, performing arts centres, sports facilities, master plans, and residential and commercial buildings. Equally extensive is work completed for the healthcare sector, with life science facilities, research laboratories and hospitals.