Habanero is proud to once again be included on the "Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada" list. Habanero moves up the list this year from 19 to 13. The study is conducted by the Queen's Centre for Business Venturing, the Queen's University School of Business, and Aon Hewitt. It is published nationally in Maclean's and in La Presse in Quebec.
The study is a measure of employee engagement, so essentially employees determine the results. According to Aon Hewitt's definition, employees are engaged when they "say, stay and strive": they speak positively about the organization to others, are committed to remaining with their current employer, and are motivated by their organizations' leaders, managers, culture and values to go "above and beyond" to contribute to business success.
Organizations that have operated in Canada for at least three years and have between 50 and 399 Canadian-based permanent employees are eligible to participate. Participants in the Best Employer studies were required to complete three surveys: the employee opinion survey, the leadership team survey and the human resources survey. The results of the employee opinion survey made up the vast majority of participants scores, which were ultimately used to determine their overall ranking. The 2011 study marks the 6th time the study has been conducted.