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Edmonton Oilers recognized as a Great Place to Work® by the Globe and Mail

by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / Edmonton Oilers
On April 30th, the Edmonton Oilers were recognized at the Hockey Fall of Fame in Toronto as one of the Globe and Mail’s 2009 Great Places to Work®. The Edmonton Oilers are the first NHL team given this distinction.

“We’ve always known the Edmonton Oilers have a phenomenal group of people supporting our hockey club, but recently our organization has made a concentrated effort to make our workplace one that our employees love coming to each morning,” said Edmonton Oilers President and CEO, Patrick LaForge. “This distinction is a great honour for the Oilers.”

Earlier this month when the 2009 Great Places to Work List® was announced, the Oilers staff gathered together to celebrate this milestone accomplishment. The festivities were held at Telus Field, the organization’s newest premier sporting venue, which is home to the Edmonton Capitals.

“The Oilers are in the unique position of being able to offer our staff the chance to work with NHL, WHL and Golden League Baseball teams,” said Tandy Kustiak, Manager of Human Resources. “We attract, retain and reward top talent who are passionate about their work. The Oilers ways is to give our employees a fast-paced, exciting and challenging work environment where they can excel.

The list of Great Workplaces in Canada is compiled by Great Place to Work Institute Canada. In determining the annual Best Work Places in Canada list, “the judging panel is the employees, and the rest of the results are based on a company’s human resources practices,” said Jose Tolovi Neto, Director of the Great Place to Work Institute Canada.

These two pieces provide an accurate gauge of the five trust-building dimensions of a great place to work®: credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie.

“Our organization is very fortunate to have steadfast fans and a group of hard working, talented and efficient employees who are pivotal to our success,” said LaForge. “Receiving this acknowledgement reflects a number of unique HR programs combined with a competitive total compensation package and a fun work environment which our employees appreciate.”

This year, 230 organizations submitted nominations and nearly 30,000 employees across Canada participated in the 2009 Best Workplaces in Canada survey. Seventy-five organizations were named a 2009 Great Place to Work®.

Oilers President & CEO Patrick LaForge makes the announcement at Telus Field. (photo: Andy Devlin)
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