President's Report 2006 | Campus Life

Great place to work: Memorial wins top award

Memorial University was honoured with the prestigious Employer of Distinction Award by the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council (NLEC) at a gala ceremony Sept. 28 in St. John’s.

The university was recognized in the large employer category along with North Atlantic Refining Ltd.

The Employer of Distinction goes to organizations which encourage excellence in all areas of a progressive employment relationship and recognizes leadership, innovation and a fundamental belief in the value of a healthy, safe and motivated workforce. The award underscores the notable programs and work-place initiatives Memorial has developed in recent years, said Claude Horlick, associate director of Human Resources.

He said when the university decided to apply for the award, officials looked at its criteria including the presence in the community, compensation and advancement, as well as strategies for how well an organization communicates with employees in building stakeholder awareness. He said Memorial was an ideal candidate.

“The initiatives in particular that contributed to the strength of our application included the university’s focus on the promotion of a healthy workplace through the development of wellness programs, especially the pilot preferred rate program at the Memorial University recreation complex,” said Mr. Horlick.

Accepting the Employer of Distinction Award from Denis Mahoney of the NLEC (left) was Lisa Curran, employee relations officer, Department of Human Resources, and Memorial President Dr. Axel Meisen.

The award is a major accomplishment for the university, added Lisa Curran, employee relations officer with HR, especially since Memorial was chosen as a provincial leader and an employer of choice.

“More importantly it acknowledges the dedication of our employees in delivering exemplary service to our students, fellow coworkers and the community as a whole,” she said.

Mr. Horlick said the award also reinforces several key goals the Department of Human Resources.

“We have developed a process that establishes goals and objectives of the department that are in keeping with the university’s overall strategic direction,” he said.

“We will continue to use this process and consult with employees and departments within the university community as we develop and introduce new initiatives and enhanced services in areas such as advisory services, wellness education, a respectful workplace program, improved work flex and the employee self service (ESS) portal.”