New award recognizes Canada’s most healthy and engaged workforces

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Yesterday we hosted the first ever Employee Recommended Workplace Award ceremony at The Globe’s new event space.

We also held an event that focused on mental health issues at work, hiring young staff, and dealing with the retirement of the boomers from the workforce. Stories related to these issues can be found in today’s paper and online here.

The Employee Recommended Workplace Award, co-created by The Globe and Mail and Morneau Shepell, recognizes companies for excellence in achieving a healthy, engaged and productive workforce. And it’s an award based entirely on feedback from employees. We awarded 32 companies as finalists, and winners of the Employee Recommended Workplace Award badge, and nine of those companies were Grand Prize winners for coming out on top of their respective categories. Here’s a list of the winners from yesterday’s ceremony.

Many of the winners said the award was “validation” that their workplace practices were the right actions to take and were having a positive impact on their staff.

We also asked winners for their top tips and examined the growing issue of mental health in the workplace as part of the special report posted in the Report on Business.

We’ve been writing articles since the award launched last June on micro skills, which are small changes employees or employers can make to improve their work and home life.

Globe subscribers can download this year’s e-book on micro skills titled: Little Steps to Big Change or you can look at last year’s book on coping skills titled: Staying Afloat: How to survive and thrive in the workplace.

The first year of the award is under our belt now, and the second year of the award has already begun. Companies interested in registering for the 2018 awards can enter now at

Gillian Livingston is the deputy investment editor at The Globe and Mail. You can follow her @gilllivingston

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