TORONTO – Diamond Schmitt Architects has been named an exceptional place to work by the Greater Toronto Top Employers program for the sixth year in a row. Managed by Mediacorp Canada in conjunction with The Globe and Mail, this list shines a light on companies with progressive human resources policies.
The architecture practice also recently re-affirmed its position among Canada’s Top Employers for a third year. Both national and regional competitions review thousands of companies’ workplace best practices, including work environment, recruitment histories, employee benefits and opportunities for skills development.
“Today, the Greater Toronto Area is a beacon for talented people from around the world – and employers in this region now lead the nation when it comes to offering progressive HR policies and initiatives that reflect such a varied and diverse population,” said Richard Yerema, Managing Editor of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. The program added the GTA project is far more competitive than the national competition and difficult for employers to win.
“We have exceptional people, which is the real reason for our success,” said Martin Davidson, principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects. “That makes it easy to invest in programs and initiatives that benefit our staff and make it an enriching place to work.”
The programs evaluate companies 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.
Among the initiatives highlighted by the editors for Diamond Schmitt this year include encouraging employees to get involved in the community with paid time off, as well as encouraging employee giving through matching charitable donations.
Other highlights of Diamond Schmitt’s practices and policies include maternity and paternity leave top-up payments, flexible work options, team lunches, a weekly office-wide design meeting, social events for staff and their families, annual employee reviews, in-house training and subsidized tuition for outside courses, and weekly Lunch and Learn sessions. To view the detailed Reasons for Selection, please see: http://www.canadastop100.com/toronto
Diamond Schmitt Architects is also rated among Canada’s Best Managed Companies in addition to Canada’s Greenest Employers.
Diamond Schmitt Architects (www.dsai.ca) is a leading architectural firm 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, residential and commercial buildings. Equally extensive is work completed for the healthcare sector, with life science facilities, research laboratories and hospitals.