As an employee of the Jewish General Hospital, you’re working for one of best! That’s the verdict that, for the fourth year in a row, has ranked the JGH among Montreal’s Top Employers by the judges at Mediacorp Canada.
To reach their decision, the evaluators in the competition—organized by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers—considered eight key factors: the physical setting, the workplace atmosphere, the various benefits (health, financial, family), policies for vacations and time off, communication to and among employees, performance management, staff training and the development of skills, and community involvement.
“This confirms how much effort is devoted to enhancing the work experiences of staff, in order to improve the patient experience,” says Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg, President and CEO of West-Central Montreal Health. “Our goal is to keep raising the level of staff satisfaction throughout our network to ensure that patients, residents and clients continue to receive health care and social services of the highest quality.”
“People are our greatest asset, and ensuring that the JGH remains a workplace of choice is what we strive for. We have a good working environment with a lot of team spirit, which ultimately leads to a better patient experience.”
– Lucie Allocati, member of HR staff on the JGH Committee for Canada’s Top 100 Employers
The JGH is in a continuous process of “ensuring that our organization aligns itself with the needs of staff,” notes Beverly Kravitz
, Director of Human Resources, Communications and Legal Affairs for West-Central Montreal Health. Since employees are at the heart of the organization’s achievements, “efforts are always being made to support the personal well-being and professional growth of our staff in a healthy working environment.”
As a McGill University-affiliated hospital, the JGH also keeps its recruitment standards high by looking for promising, new talent in leading colleges and universities, summer employment programs and paid internships.
In addition, a comfortable balance between working life and personal life is encouraged. Employees receive four weeks of paid vacation after one year of service, a work week based on a 35-hour schedule, the availability of flexible work hours in some instances, and retirement planning assistance. Moreover, there is a top-up plan for maternity and parental leave (up to 21 weeks), as well as the opportunity to extend parental leave.
“I was honoured to be part of a committee whose work helped lead the hospital to being named one of Montreal’s Top Employer for the fourth consecutive year! Learning about the various activities available to staff and about the hospital’s deep-rooted values was enlightening.”
– Sherri Rudner, member of HR staff on the JGH Committee for Canada’s Top 100 Employers