Best Practice
May 7, 2012

A top employer

For the third year in a row, the Ontario Public Service (OPS) has had the prestigious honour of being named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers by Mediacorp Canada.

Mediacorp evaluates organizations based on key areas such as physical workplace, work atmosphere and communications, health benefits, compensation, employee engagement, training and development, and community involvement. To understand what makes the OPS stand out from the thousands of surveyed employers, CGE asked “OPSers” to explain why the public service is ranked among Canada’s top employers.

 

Adrian Mann

Adrian joined the OPS in December 1987; prior to that she worked for the Ontario Arts Council, a government agency, for seven years. She is Director, Stakeholder Relationship Strategies with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

What initially motivated you to join the OPS?

I wish I could say it was a strategically planned career move, but it wasn’t. I had held an entry-level communications position at the Ontario Arts Council; I wanted to advance my career in communications, and I wanted to work in the public or the not-for-profit sectors. When an opportunity came up to join the OPS and work on publications with the (then) Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, I jumped on it. In fact, I received two job offers – one from the OPS, and another from a non-profit organization – on the same day. After much thought I accepted the OPS offer … and have never regretted that career choice.

In your experience with the OPS, what do you feel makes it one of Canada’s top 100 employers?

Speaking as someone who has worked most of her career in communications, I believe that the variety and scope offered by the OPS cannot be matched anywhere else. Within the OPS I have had an opportunity to work on issues ranging from women’s equality to property tax reform; I’ve done everything from writing and editing employee newsletters to overseeing multi-million dollar advertising and public education campaigns, on issues ranging from student aid to preventing violence against women. I’ve also had the chance to be closely involved, from inception to launch, with signature initiatives like the creation of the Ontario Greenbelt and the Second Career program for laid-off workers.

Working here gives you an opportunity to learn new things, get close to issues of critical interest to the public, and gain a breadth of experience that can’t be equalled.

Mediacorp Canada evaluated organizations based on several key areas. In what key areas would you rate the OPS highly?

The OPS offers a highly competitive benefits package, and there is one in particular that I’ve recently taken advantage of – self-funded leave. This allows OPS staff to defer a portion of salary over time, then use it to pay for an extended period away from work – for education, travel, volunteer work, family time, personal development, or whatever else your passion is.

My year of self-funded leave gave me a year for personal pursuits like music studies, horseback riding, volunteer work and preparing for the trip of a lifetime – walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain. It provided me with an extended period of rest, renewal and personal development, all with the security of knowing I would have a job to come back to at the end of it.

Over your ten-plus years with the OPS, what are some changes you’ve seen that may have helped the OPS develop to be a top employer?

Particularly during the last few years, there has been a dramatic increase in the focus on employee engagement. This is happening at the macro level, for example, with the third edition of the OPS-wide employee survey, aimed at building a detailed profile of employees – not just who they are, but how connected they feel with their work, their colleagues and their managers.

It’s also happening at the micro level, initiated by employees themselves. For example, while I was a communications director, staff of the branch took the initiative to create a number of “imperative teams” that zeroed in on priorities they had identified, such as the orientation needs of new-to-government communications employees, and how to attract and retain talent in OPS communications.

The focus on employee engagement is also evident in the priority the OPS has placed on diversity and inclusion, both at the corporate and individual level. For example, the it has launched a diversity mentorship program that matches up ADMs and directors with individual employee partners, in a mentoring relationship specifically tailored to match the needs of both participants.

What keeps you motivated?

In every job I’ve had in the OPS, I’m always learning something new.

 

Louis-Michel Taillefer

Louis-Michel has worked in the OPS for two and a half years as a Junior Bilingual Communications Resource Officer, within the Communications and Marketing Branch at the Ministry of Community and Social Services. He provides French language communications support and planning services to the branch and assists with the adaptation of English language communications product and strategies for francophone audiences.

What initially motivated you to join the OPS?

Having worked in not-for-profit organizations in the past, I wanted to go back to a career where I felt my actions helped people in some way or another. I needed to feel like the work I did actually meant something more, like it had an impact on my community.

In your experience with the OPS, what do you feel makes it one of Canada’s top 100 employers?

The OPS offers great opportunities for career advancement, with literally thousands of positions and multiple training courses available to help you get these positions. Managers and directors recognize human potential and are supportive to help you become your best professionally.

Mediacorp Canada evaluated organizations based on several key areas. In what key areas would you rate the OPS highly?

As a francophone from Quebec now living in Toronto, I particularly appreciate the efforts the OPS has made to create a positive work atmosphere, especially through the creation of various diversity groups. As a member of OPSPride and FrancoGo, I have met like-minded colleagues and made new friends from various ministries. It’s wonderful to feel like you can be yourself and be respected for who you are, for your beliefs or for your cultural background. The OPS truly is a diverse and inclusive organization that supports all employees to achieve their full potential in a safe and friendly environment.

I also have the opportunity to work on videos for my ministry. This very creative part of my work allows me to travel across the province and meet the Ontarians for whom I consider I actually work. It’s a great pleasure every time. And when I am not on the road, I am planning a tour or working in post-production. So my mind and creative juices never really stop, even after I clock out. And I love it!

What keeps you motivated?

I work with great people.

 

Siobhan Corr

Corr is the executive assistant to the chief drinking water inspector/Assistant Deputy Minister of the Drinking Water Management Division at the Ministry of the Environment, responsible for supporting the ADM by providing

About this author

0 comments

There are no comments for this post yet.

Be the first to comment. Click here.

Best Practice
 
What is transformation going to look like? That’s the question on...
 
The Chief Information Officer hoisted a thick binder up to eye...
 
What do low confidence in institutions and dissatisfaction with leadership have...
 
We live in the age of paradox.  Never before in human...
 
Canada is a world leader in clean electricity, with two-thirds of...
 
The discussion around where technology is going in government tends to...
 
Leadership, service delivery, change management, performance measurement, big data, transparency, digital...
 
What are the key initiatives to support government innovation and change?...
 
Could robot doctors be on the horizon? A study published February...
 
According to a 2018 study led by Dr. Michael McGuire, Senior...
 
My observation is people often take the view, “no one else...
 
One of the benefits of living in a federation is that...
 
The role of internal audit in the public sector has changed...
 
We are excited to share with you the October/November 2018 edition...
 
As governments have sought to go digital, one of the most...
 
With the launch of the Canada Infrastructure Bank and US Congressional interest in Trump’s...
 
Why is strategic planning so dreaded? How often do we actually...
 
Most articles you’ll read within the pages of Canadian Government Executive...
 
A communications revolution has taken place but you would not know...
 
Headlines about the world of work are often dominated by the...
 
Earlier this year the Canadian government took a crucial step by...
 
The use of digital services in the day-to-day lives of most...
 
Since launching in 2014, Sweden’s radically ‘feminist’ foreign policy has gained international notoriety. While...
 
The International Civil Service Effectiveness (InCiSE) Index project, a collaboration between...
 
Today, the challenges facing governments are increasingly shifting away from traditional,...
 
Three years before his death in 2011, Jack Layton released a...
 
Canadian Government Executive Media, (CGE) publisher of Canadian Government Executive magazine...
 
Management in the Government of Canada is continuously searching for new...
 
With businesses and government agencies increasingly operating in a highly information-based...
 
Blockchain. There’s probably no other technology trend in recent years that...
 
Over the last two years, an ever-growing number of organizations around...
 
Canadian Government Executive Media (CGE) is pleased to announce its first batch...
 
In today’s workplace, individuals increasingly face dynamic and difficult challenges that...
 
Canadian Government Executive Media (CGE) is pleased to welcome Microsoft as its Platinum Sponsor for...
 
In a rather unusual, quiet manner this past summer, a new...
 
Canadian government agencies and departments are modernizing the way they do...
 
The health care system in Canada, known as Medicare, is publicly...
 
We are happy to share with you the May/June issue of...
 
Facebook Pages can be an essential tool for businesses and charities,...
 
In this special episode of CGE Radio, your host John Jones...
 
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, with its 28 independent member countries...
 
Cost overruns have become institutionalized in the federal government, according to...
 
Last year, procurement Minister Jody Foote was prompted by the swirling...
 
The rapid advances in digital technology, demographic and societal shift even...
 
Results Washington is Washington state government’s data-driven performance management and continuous...
 
Rules and accountability are helpful in developing and standardizing processes but...
 
Ontario’s provincial government needs to act fast in building a coordinated...
 
It’s a common notion that young workers born in the mid-1990s...
 
A study conducted by Robert Half, the world’s largest specialized staffing...
 
In order to find out which strategies and priorities CFOs are...
 
A small but rapidly growing number of businesses have started hiring...
 
CFOs around the world are changing – but an EY survey...
 
There’s a fine line between confidence and naivety – a line...
 
Around the world, more and more workers are seeking employment. At...
 
As populations grow and age, the demand for services increases. As...
 
By Nicole Verkindt Despite growing up in a small town in...
 
The agency responsible for safeguarding the Pentagon and several other buildings...
 
As much a 20 per cent of grade seven students in...
 
By Jason Zhang  The best way to cost effectively manage the retention...
 
He is often referred to as the federal government’s first “chief...
 
Are you absolutely clear what the government wants to achieve? Are...
 
Copyright owners have struggled to protect their intellectual property since the...
 
Here’s some bad news for organizations contemplating projects that have something...
 
Nearly half of Canadian organizations are falling behind on implementation of...
 
The idea of converged infrastructure and converged systems in the datacentre...
 
Hackers are zeroing in on users of SSL/TLS encryption and no...
 
There is no shortage of examples of businesses that effectively used...
 
Microsoft, on Tuesday, ended support for older versions of Internet Explorer...
 
Written by Tim Wacker Almost a quarter century ago, when most...
 
Written By Chris Brown To deliver results that senior executives value,...
 
Written By Jason McNaught Contrary to what you may have heard,...
 
Written by  Benjamin Selinger and Gabriel Flores A real challenge for...
 
Written by  Patrice Dutil It’s hard to believe we are still...
 
Written by  Patrice Dutil Craig Dowden, President and Founder of Craig...
 
Written by  Brady G. Wilson You may not realize it, but...
 
Written by  Roxanne Descôteaux When I first became a manager over...
 
The good news is that the Government of Canada recognizes the...
 
You sometimes wonder why government can’t be better at just getting...
 
Hill+Knowlton Canada announced last week that it has received the prestigious...
 
I’ve been giving 110 percent for as long as I can...
 
The National Voluntary Standard for psychological health and safety in the...
 
The government of Alberta has banded together with British Columbia and...
 
When we put out the call to cities across Canada for...
 
BC Hydro was experiencing ongoing challenges with IT assets decommissioned as...
 
City councils are important. They not only represent citizens at the...
 
Business continuity management has evolved into a specialized discipline, but you...
 
Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Health is leading a new approach to strategic...
 
Whether you have read John Kotter’s classic Leading Change or not,...
 
Energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of high performance. But...
 
Across the country, public sector leaders are challenged with the daunting...
 
When Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon, it was government that...
 
Ego can do us in. It can lead to arrogance, blindness,...
 
and the more layers between a given employee and the relevant...
 
Chris Baker is Deputy Minister, Policy and Priorities, and Deputy Minister,...
 
CGE Vol.14 No.2 February 2008 Management speaks of change in positive...
 
Innovation, leadership and a commitment to building a knowledge advantage are...
 
One of the most paradoxical Biblical parables, found the Gospel of...
 
CGE Vol.14 No.1 January 2008 “We’ve entered into an era in...
 
L’une des paraboles bibliques les plus paradoxales rapportées par Luc est...
 
CGE Vol.14 No.2 February 2008 Often overworked and understaffed, the procurement...
 
A respectful workplace is a critical ingredient of successful public service...
 
La plupart des leaders reconnaissent d’emblée que leur efficacité dépend de...
 
Most leaders will readily agree that earning and keeping the trust...
 
For the third year in a row, the Ontario Public Service...
 
Justice on Target (JOT) takes a unique and bold approach to...
 
Perched on top a 60 meter column in a bustling square...
 
Federal, provincial and municipal governments provide billions of dollars in grants...
 
During the American presidential election campaign of 1976, Jimmy Carter, then...
 
Tell the truth. Deep down, do you sometimes – or often...
 
What if our general approach to brainstorming was all wrong? That...
 
Nearly two decades after I read Lincoln On Leadership, the messages...
 
True leaders are proactive. They get things done. They accomplish that...
 
Management and leadership are complicated. So it would be lovely if...
 
Government revolves around power. Political parties seek power. They implement their...
 
Managers generally walk around with a what’s-going-wrong mentality. They are fixated...
 
Government runs on expertise. Government executives seek the best knowledge and...
 
Let’s resume last month’s discussion on effective change initiatives with some...
 
When Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty set as a prime goal of...
 
By now it’s commonplace knowledge that emotional intelligence is vital to...
 
Good leaders can make bad decisions. President Kennedy blundered over the...
 
For the second year in a row, the Ontario Public Service...
 
The Ontario Public Service celebrated ten years of hosting Showcase Ontario,...
 
OTTAWA – Management consultants at Accenture, a respected longtime observer of...
 
The TRIC model of leadership is enshrined in the Ontario Public...
What is transformation going to look like? That’s the question on...