Defence rated one of “Canada’s Best Employers” for 2016



The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces has been rated as one of “Canada’s Best Employers 2016”, according to an independent survey conducted by Forbes magazine.

The survey was conducted anonymously among a sample of 8000 people representative of the Canadian workforce in large organizations with more than 500 employees in all industry sectors across Canada. Forbes worked with the German-headquartered statistics company, Statista, to conduct the survey and evaluate and tabulate the results which took gender, age, region, educational level and ethnicity into consideration.

Staff were not consulted in their workplace to ensure employer influence was not a factor and that they could freely state their opinion. Staff were asked to rank, on a scale of zero-to-10, how likely they were to recommend their employer to someone else and also how they felt about other employers in their industry. According to the evaluation criteria, the willingness to recommend the person’s own employer was used as the most important ‘dimension of assessment’.

This is the first year that Forbes has published a “Best Canadian Employers” list. A total of 250 employers from across 25 industries comprised the diverse list of finalists. Employers that were ranked among the grouping included corporate giants, as well as universities, community-based financial institutions, government departments and agencies, retail companies and utilities providers.

In total, seven federal government organizations made the list, including the Department of Justice, Public Works and Government Services Canada, the Canada School of Public Service, Transport Canada, Environment Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada.

According to the 2014 Public Service Employee Survey (PSES) results, National Defence employees indicated high levels of engagement, taking pride and satisfaction in their work and that they were willing to put in extra effort to get a job done.

Effective people management has been very much a top-of-mind practice at Defence, with the intent to produce a strong and capable workforce with high morale and mobilize its diversity of talent to ensure the right people are in the right jobs.

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