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York Regional Police, Seneca among Top Employers

York Regional Police (YRP) and Seneca Polytechnic are among the Greater Toronto Top Employers (2024), a project that’s widely considered the benchmark for workplace best practices in Toronto and its surrounding area.

“This year’s winners make employees feel their time is valuable, especially when making the commute to work,” says Richard Yerema, executive editor of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project by Mediacorp Canada Inc.

Now in its 18th year, the Greater Toronto’s Top Employers competition is an editorial project that recognizes employers with exceptional human resources programs and forward-thinking workplace policies. Factors used in the evaluation of employers include work atmosphere, health benefits, vacation and time off, employee communications, performance management, skills development and community involvement.

YRP was recognized for the ninth consecutive year. Among other things, it was lauded for offering helpful financial perks throughout an employee’s career, including low-interest home loans, discounted auto lease rates, and discounted home and auto insurance. As part of a formal wellness strategy, it opened a 6,600-square-foot wellness facility that offers education and support related to physical, psychological, social and spiritual health for employees, retirees and their families.

“We strive to ensure our members are well-developed and supported in a rewarding career, with access to the best training and health and wellness programs,” says YRP Chief Jim MacSween. “We work hard to ensure our members feel welcome, included, valued and respected in a professional environment.”

Seneca offers hybrid work arrangements for eligible roles and invested in major workplace redesigns, incorporating hoteling spaces and ensuring employees have the necessary equipment to work from home. On campus, employees can take advantage of a fitness facility at no charge and diverse food options that include vegetarian, halal, vegan and gluten-free menus.

“At Seneca, we’re committed to cultivating a healthy work environment, rewarding excellence and building employee experiences on- and off-campus,” says Vice-President of Human Resources Caroline Riley. “Winning the Greater Toronto Top Employers award for the 15th time is proof of something our more than 4,000 employees already know – that Seneca truly is a great place to work.”

Since the pandemic, employees are placing far greater emphasis on how their time is used, with unproductive uses, such as long commutes or excessive meetings, falling by the wayside, Mediacorp reports. “This year’s winners make employees feel their time is valuable, especially when making the commute to work,” says Richard Yerema, executive editor of the Canadas Top 100 Employers project.

Other local winners include Hyundai Auto Canada Corp., which starts new employees with three weeks of vacation allowance and offers 10 wellness days per year to help employees rest and recharge. The wellness days can be used for illness, injury, personal wellness or mental health, including assisting a dependent’s needs. Visit www.canadastop100.com/toronto/ for a complete list of winners and detailed reasons for their selection.

Seneca Polytechnic has again been recognized as a Greater Toronto Top Employer. Photo courtesy of CNW Group/Seneca Polytechnic.

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