Taking care of our people: the engine of our organization
Focus on: Wellness • Employee Assistance Program that offers mental health, wellness and work-life balance services. • Extended health benefits, including prescription drug coverage and dental care, at no cost to employees. • Flex-time and the opportunity to work remotely. • Sustainable High Performance training workshops, as well as engagement with leading experts and regular sessions on self-care and mindfulness. • Onsite yoga, aerobics, wellness and meditation classes, and a fully stocked gym at the WE headquarters. • A physiotherapy room with a certified physiotherapist free for staff. • Onsite bike parking, with lockers and shower facilities available in the office. • Free fitness memberships with Goodlife Fitness in Canada, Energie Cardio in Quebec and 24 Hour Fitness in the U.S. • Healthy snacks during busy seasons. • Part-time barista and free coffee bar, along with free coffee stations and kitchen areas for meal preparation and socializing. • Bonus holidays, including your birthday off, and an extended holiday shutdown between Christmas and New Year’s Day (which does not count toward allocated vacation days). Focus on: Professional development and communication • Onboarding program ensures new hires get a solid start. • Each full-time staff member follows an individualized Growth and Success Plan they have developed with their direct manager. People managers receive mandatory training on how to give effective feedback, assess performance and have tough but important conversations with staff. Aligned on what their work priorities are, staff have the tools to be successful. • Managers’ bootcamp and ongoing training for new people managers. • TIGNUM high performance workshops offered for free. • Professional Development fund, for which all staff can apply after one year of employment, offers $500 toward outside training. • Biennial Staff Trips offer global travel experience for all employees (and a guest) from all departments the chance to visit ME to WE immersive travel destinations in Kenya, India and Ecuador (a $5,000 value per participant). While enjoying unique global travel, staff get to see up close the impact WE has made in developing communities.
We’ve adopted a People First strategy, because we know that we create zero impact without our people. People are our engine. It doesn’t matter how much fuel you add in the form of dedication to cause if the engine isn’t being taken care of. To help ensure our hardworking staff are cared for, we offer a unique suite of benefits focused on employee wellness. And, understanding that great employees are looking for a career path, not just a job, we have developed professional development programs and processes to ensure each team member receives the training, support and encouragement they need. The lists to the right represent just a few of the purposeful perks we offer our teams:
Workplace conditions are a huge part of the employment experience, andwe are proud to offer employees at our Toronto headquarters an extraordinary space to collaboratewith colleagues, hostmeetingswith stakeholders, learn fromguest speakers and outside experts, and undergo personal and professional growth. TheWEGlobal LearningCenter has beennamedToronto’s nicest newoffice space byBlogTO, andhas also been featured in theGlobe andMail andHELLO! Canada. The facility is fully accessible andmindfully designedwith 32microclimates for optimal comfort and energy efficiency; and environmentally conscious fittings including filteredwater dispensers on every floor, and carpetingmanufactured fromreclaimed fishing nets, andhas been recognized for its accessibility by theRickHansenFoundation.
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