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Think of this month’s issue as your blueprint for a better workplace

Jun 5, 2014

by Michael Ganley

Mike Ganley loves his job
Photograph Ryan Girard

How’s your job? Are you challenged but not overworked?

Is there enough creativity to keep you interested? Does the boss treat you well, or at least fairly? Are you paid enough?

We all ask ourselves such questions through our professional lives. We wonder if we’re in the right place, if the opportunities for us to reach our potential are still there, if we’re adequately rewarded – or at least if we’re making what the others are making. Some of us wonder if the grass is better kept in another organization.

There’s no perfect world when it comes to work. But, let me tell you, there’s lots of very well-kept grass in Alberta. Surely it has something to do with the province’s stiff competition for talent. It probably also has something to do with Alberta’s willingness to try new ideas.

Regardless, though, there is no doubt that many Albertan companies now set the standard for talent recognition, promotion and reward in Canada.

In this issue, our seventh annual examination of Alberta’s Best Workplaces, we bring you stories from 10 companies taking action in ways that you (as an employee) might be jealous of, and that you (as an employer or boss) probably should learn from. They include the terrific benefits and perks offered up by BluEra, the generosity shown at Alliance Pipeline, the onsite Zumba offered by the Workers’ Compensation Board and much more. The tools these companies employ may or may not be right for your workplace; this “best workplace” idea is a personal one. We only hope that you find a few sources of inspiration in this month’s issue.

But that’s just the beginning of the usefulness in this month’s magazine. In fact, the issue in your hands might be our most useful for HR managers, employers and business owners of the entire year. On top of the Best Workplaces profiles, we have a story on how “social recognition” programs can work for you; another on adapting leave policies to demographic trends; and even an entire Guide to Professional Services (when and why do you need a lawyer, an accountant or an HR consultant?). There’s also a piece on lessons you can learn from the Wolf of Wall Street, and even some advice on how you should sit, stand and fold your arms to project the appropriate body language to forward your goals at work.

This issue plain works. You’re welcome.

Correction: In the May issue, we reported that GCS Energy Services had annual revenue of between $20 million and $50 million. The company has annual revenue of between $100 million and $150 million.

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