Best Workplaces 2012: Best Workplace for Millennials
ANGELA SMITH, 29, was accustomed to setting her own schedule and being her own boss before she joined Incite, an Edmonton creative marketing agency, in 2009.
“I was really nervous,” she says of joining the company. “Work environment was critical for me.”
That nervousness has since disappeared. Smith says Incite executives encourage her to be self-directed and self-motivated. It’s one of the reasons she believes Incite is a great place to work for millennials.
Incite executives will help staff members get experience as board directors with outside companies and with non-profits, an opportunity they can use to build their careers.
Last year, Incite sent two of its senior designers to a major creative conference in Boston. It also paid for other employees to take university and college courses. “For millennials,” Incite principal Ted Kouri says, “that kind of growth opportunity is really key.”
Incite respects the importance of work-life balance. Smith is not required to give her clients her cellphone number, which gives her the freedom to relax during her time off.
Incite put an interesting twist on the take-your-kid-to-work day in December 2010 when it encouraged employees to bring their parents to the office for a day.