The good life

I’ve said it be­fore and I’ll say it again, life is pretty sweet when you’ve got a great place to work.

Ottawa Business Journal - HR Update - - Editor’s Note -

Life is also pretty sweet when you’re em­ployed, as are hun­dreds of Ottawa em­ploy­ees, at the ten com­pa­nies se­lected as win­ners of 2008-09’s Em­ploy­ees’ Choice Awards - bitHeads, the Brook­street Ho­tel, Chip­works, Clas­sic Care Phar­macy, Collins Bar­row LLP, Ernst & Young, Hol­i­day Inn Se­lect Ho­tel and Suites Kanata, the Med­i­cal Coun­cil of Canada, McMil­lan, and Pro­tus.

Af­ter weeks of sur­vey­ing and anal­y­sis, this year’s win­ners were judged by an ex­pert panel and their own em­ploy­ees as the best places in Ottawa to work, and if their con­fi­den­tial sur­vey re­sults are any in­di­ca­tion, the recog­ni­tion is well de­served in­deed.

But this is­sue isn’t all about the Em­ploy­ees’ Choice Awards. El­iz­a­beth How­ell’s open­ing piece de­scribes the var­i­ous “Web 2.0” tools, and one lo­cal ini­tia­tive in par­tic­u­lar, be­ing ex­ploited by stu­dents – and HR pro­fes­sion­als – to find the best fit when it comes to em­ploy­ment.

And Krys­tle Chow’s piece on the Cana­dian tech­nol­ogy labour mar­ket and unique chal­lenges of for­eign work­ers in Canada out­lines the grow­ing de­mand for tech tal­ent, on one hand, and the prob­lems HR man­agers are deal­ing with in find­ing qual­i­fied work­ers for highly spe­cial­ized jobs.

But none of that seems to be much of an is­sue for our ten re­cip­i­ents of the 2008-09 Em­ploy­ees’ Choice Awards. All the re­cip­i­ents, as in pre­vi­ous years, pos­sess the vi­sion and in­tegrity to treat their em­ploy­ees well, while con­sis­tently chal­leng­ing them to bet­ter them­selves at their jobs and lives.

And that, of course, adds up to just one thing: Suc­cess. Jim Don­nelly Ed­i­tor,

Ottawa Busi­ness Jour­nal

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