What it means for GLBC to be an “exceptional place to work” in 2019
February has been a special month for Great Little Box Company. A little over a week ago, we learned that we were being named one of BC’s Top Employers of 2019. In an annual competition organized by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, we were recognized for the 14th time as an exceptional place to work.
But what does it mean to be an “exceptional place to work”? In 2019, it definitely means connecting with Millennial priorities: life-work balance, purpose-oriented work, and a focus on personal development. To be a BC Top Employer nowadays means keeping up with culture and making space for people to excel.
“Of all the awards out there, the ones we cherish the most are the ones focused on our people,” says our President, Brad Tindall. “It is an annual reality check for us as well that we are still doing the right things and continuing to learn and grow as a company.”
Brad explains that at GLBC, executives like he and Christine Tindall, Vice President of Human Resources, aren’t afraid to “break the traditional seniority ladder.”
“Millennials challenge us to be better and to push the company and its strategy forward,” adds Christine.
The vision that guides GLBC—Grow our People- Grow our Business—benefits everybody, but it truly resonates with younger employees. Perks like wellness programs, birthdays off, and an initiative to win a company-wide trip reflect an organization making room for wellbeing and connection. 50% of the company’s new hires come through referrals; GLBC people aren’t kidding when they say they’re happy to be part of the team.
GLBC leaders actively try to deliver, in the words of Brad, “freedom, respect, and the opportunity to deliver results” to Millennials. But at the same time, they aren’t making the mistake of putting younger employees in a box.
“Millennials are unfairly misrepresented in today’s society,” explains Christine, “so it’s important to understand that there are many different groups within the Millennial category.”
Brad adds: “I don’t believe that this group has any different core values than prior generations. I do believe they are more vocal about their desires and expectations as a result of technology, social media and a much more global workforce.”
So if Millennials are simply more outspoken than their predecessors, what exactly are they asking for? And how do technology and the plugged-in Millennial lifestyle impact GLBC’s way of doing things?
Brad and Christine say it’s all about balance. “Flexibility around work styles has always been important to GLBC but we also recognize the importance of face to face contact,” says Christine. “Not only for doing business but from a culture standpoint. Social and emotional connection cannot be understated, so when it comes to working from home, we try to find a balance.”
GLBC will always need to navigate issues like workstyle flexibility in order to find the compromise that best reflects the Grow our People- Grow our Business vision. While it does, certain core elements of the company will remain constant.
“Millennials want to work for a company that recognizes diversity, demonstrates social responsibility, and has a genuine caring for their personal development alongside the company’s growth and success,” says Brad.
Brad and Christine believe GLBC is delivering that—and Canada’s Top 100 Employers seems to agree.
About British Columbia’s Top Employers
BC’s Top Employers is an annual competition organized by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. This special designation recognizes the British Columbia employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. Employers are evaluated by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers using the same eight criteria as the national competition: (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. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.
For more information please visit Canada’s Top Employers.