(WINDSOR, ON) – For the sixth time, the parent company of the sprawling whiskey distillery in Walkerville has been recognized as one of Canada’s top workplaces by the Great Place to Work Institute. Known locally as Hiram Walker and Sons, the distillery actually produces a wide range of products under various brand names owned by Corby Spirit and Wine Ltd.
“We are incredibly honoured to be selected as one of Canada’s top workplaces once again,” said Patrick O’Driscoll, Corby’s President and CEO.
O’Driscoll said his company is firm in the value of its, “… offering a great working environment to our employees is absolutely vital, not only to their engagement levels, but also to achieving our overall business goals. This prestigious award is concrete evidence that our employees feel happy and proud to work at Corby.”
Anonymous ratings from employees play a significant role in each company’s ranking on the list. Results from the Great Place to Work survey conducted at Corby point to five key areas where the company excels: rewards and recognition, physical environment and resources, management competence and integrity, fun and cooperation, and learning and development.
The honour references the efforts of Corby management to provide a working environment with opportunities and resources which enable employees to reach their full potential.
Throughout the year, employees enjoy great perks, like exclusive wine and spirits tastings, flexible working hours, and half-day Fridays during the summer.
Some highlights of Corby’s most unique and award-winning workplace offerings include I Thank. This is a gamification-style twist on rewards and recognition where employees share badges based on a set of strategic capabilities to acknowledge colleagues for their hard work and achievements.
Each year, five lucky winners get an extra week of vacation and $1,000 to donate to the charity of their choice.
Corby also hosts a bi-annual conference for employees to join together for further insight into the business. Last year, employees from across Canada gathered in Windsor and were treated to the full Canadian whisky experience at the Walkerville distillery.
“Receiving this distinguished title once again is exciting, but it doesn’t mean our job here is done,” said Paul Holub, the VP of human resources. He stresses that the company will continue to measure results, listen to feedback, and react to its employees’ needs.
All this to build a culture where empathy, creativity, boldness, and collaboration are demonstrated throughout the company.