The University of Windsor has been named one of Canada’s Best Employers by Forbes magazine.
The University is listed 31st on the 2021 Forbes list of the top 300 employers that have more than 500 employees. As well, the University placed in the top 10 among universities in Canada.
“It is both gratifying and significant to be recognized,” said president Rob Gordon. “And knowing that we’ve been named as a result of the direct input of many of our employees makes the recognition even more important.”
The award is a project of the business magazine Forbes and market research firm Statista. Employees who participated in the survey were not consulted through their employers, but anonymously. Also, employers were not asked to be part of the survey.
“The University of Windsor is committed to creating a positive, rewarding, and healthy work environment where employees feel engaged and supported to achieve their best and grow,” said Rita LaCivita, the University of Windsor’s vice-president, human resources.
“We provide an array of workplace wellness supports and benefits along with opportunities for our employees to be involved and collaborate on important initiatives. We place a priority on recognizing the contributions of our employees through recognition programs and awards.”
As part of the survey, employees were asked to rate their willingness to recommend their own employers to friends and family, and to give their opinions on a series of statements surrounding work-related topics such as working conditions, salary, potential for development, and company image.
Dr. Gordon said the survey — conducted in September and October 2020 — reflects a difficult time due to COVID-19 for most employers and employees in Canada, including the University of Windsor and its more than 3,500 full- and part-time employees.
“Our priority over the past year has been the health and safety of our employees while also continuing to build on our commitment to academic excellence in teaching, research, and service,” said Gordon. “And our staff and faculty have responded to these often-uncertain times with incredible dedication and resilience. Their efforts have been greatly appreciated.”
To compile the Best Employers list, Forbes surveyed 8,000 Canadians who work full- or part-time for businesses with at least 500 employees. The 300 companies receiving the highest scores were awarded the Canada’s Best Employers 2021 designation.