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University recognized as innovator in worklife and employer of choice

Seal of Distinction and Alberta’s Top Employer awards celebrate workforce engagement and leadership in health and wellbeing
February 3, 2016
The Alberta’s Top Employer awards acknowledges Alberta’s top 70 employers from many sectors for their leadership in providing exceptional places to work.

The Alberta’s Top Employer awards acknowledges Alberta’s top 70 employers from many sectors for their leadership in providing exceptional places to work. 

The WorldatWork award recognizes diverse employers across North America that demonstrate innovative leadership in workforce engagement, and provide programs to enrich the lives of employees. 

The University of Calgary has been presented with two highly respected workplace recognition awards for the second year running: the WorldatWork Alliance for WorkLife Progress (AWLP) Seal of Distinction, and Alberta’s Top Employers for 2016.

The WorldatWork award recognizes diverse employers across North America that demonstrate innovative leadership in workforce engagement, and provide programs to enrich the lives of employees. The Alberta’s Top Employer awards acknowledges the province's top 70 employers from many sectors for their leadership in providing exceptional places to work.

“These two awards reaffirm that our efforts are taking us in the right direction, continuing to be an employer of choice for high-calibre academics and staff,” says President Elizabeth Cannon.

“We are honoured to be named alongside so many exceptional and innovative leaders from all industries, who are also creating a supportive environment for their employees.”

Only Canadian university to receive AWLP Seal of Distinction this year

Last year, the University of Calgary was the first Canadian recipient of the Seal of Distinction award. This year, it is the only Canadian university recipient of the Seal of Distinction. This significant achievement demonstrates the university's successful efforts to help faculty and staff balance the diverse responsibilities associated with work, academic and personal life.

As a 2016 seal recipient, the university is praised for its worklife programs, policies and practices including dependent care, health and wellness, workplace flexibility, financial support and education, paid and unpaid time off, community involvement, and workforce experience/engagement. The AWLP Seal of Distinction assesses these seven worklife categories as indicators of an industry-leading worklife portfolio.

“Receiving the Seal of Distinction for the second year in a row is a testament to the work that we are doing to promote wellbeing and worklife at the university,” says Jodie Jeworski, manager of WellBeing and WorkLife at the university.

“Through programs such as the Lunch and Learn Series, wellness committees and LifeWorks, we are able to provide various resources to faculty and staff related to mental health, physical health and overall wellbeing.”

The university is one of 116 seal recipients for 2016. Check out the full list of AWLP 2016 Seal of Distinction recipients.

One of 70 top employers in Alberta for progressive programs and environment

In a submission compiled and submitted by human resources staff, the university was judged as one of Alberta’s top employers on the following criteria: physical workplace; work and social atmosphere; health, family and financial benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications; performance management, training and skills development; and community involvement.

The Alberta awards program, managed by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers, evaluates and compares hundreds of submissions from organizations in the same field or industry to identify those with the most progressive and forward-thinking programs and environments. Only 70 are named.

Find out more about the full list of Alberta's Top Employers for 2016.

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