Gowlings, one of Canada’s largest law firms, with almost 2,000 employees and partners, has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Employers. The prestigious annual list is based on a national survey conducted by Aon Hewitt, a human resources consulting and outsourcing solutions firm. Nationally, Gowlings was ranked 36th.
“It’s all about our people – great people – working together, doing great things,” said R. Scott Jolliffe, CEO and Chair of Gowlings. “Our employees are passionate about what they do and proud of what the Firm does. We recruit and retain the best and brightest employees, who thrive in a culture that is open, respectful and collaborative. We are very committed to our employees and receiving this recognition is a wonderful public acknowledgement of our commitment.”
Now in its 12th year, the Best Employers in Canada study is the only national survey where employees determine the best places to work. The 2011 study analyzed submissions from two hundred and fifty-one employers. Aon Hewitt measured employee engagement by focusing on employees who spoke positively about the organization to others, are committed to remaining with their current employer, and are motivated by their organizations’ culture to go above and beyond to contribute to business success. The average engagement score for Best Employer organizations was 80 per cent.
“Gowlings really cares about its employees,” said Shawna Campbell, general manager of Gowlings’ Calgary office who has been with the Firm for 22 years. “We have a culture of wanting to help and this applies to our clients, our communities and each other. There’s a reason we say that Gowlings is a great place to work, it’s because it really is!”
“The work that we do is exciting and challenging and, as a firm, Gowlings is committed to always raising the bar,” said Anny Lemire, an associate with Gowlings’ Ottawa office. “When we combine that with a team of wonderful people, it truly makes Gowlings a great place to work!”
The Best Employers in Canada results will be published in the November 8 issue of Maclean’s Magazine and the November 4 edition of La Presse.