Nestled on the shores of Lake Couchiching in Central Ontario, Fern Resort is a family-owned business that has welcomed visitors to its relaxing and laid-back atmosphere for 123 years. The all-inclusive resort caters primarily to families during the summer and welcomes large social groups and conferences during the winter and shoulder seasons. “The fun, fine food and hospitality you’ll experience at Fern have been developed into a solid tradition by four generations of our family (and there’s a fifth generation now growing up at the resort.) We, the Downings and Nelsons, have a genuine concern for the comfort and well-being of our guests. We hope you’ll truly enjoy your stay.” Fern Resort is located in the Lake Simcoe Tourism Area described as “Ontario’s Recreational Heartland, offering a myriad of outdoor experiences for residents, cottages and visitors.” Within a 90 minute drive of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Fern Resort takes full advantage of its almost 2km of prime waterfront on Lake Couchiching and 200 acres of rolling fields and bush to offer visitors the very best of Cottage Country. From summer sunset cruises and water skiing to a 1.5 km skating trail through the woods and a traditional outdoor hockey rink on the lake, guests at Fern can experience all the seasons in Ontario in all their glory.
Starting out in a 1 room unit back in 1999, Saysons Web Design & Printing has grown to be the go-to hub for small to medium businesses in Brampton, Ontario to help with their marketing and technological needs. The team of Shafia Hussaini and Ilyas Yazdani combine to use their respective skills in a joint proprietorship that would allow for them to run their own organization and at the same time, provide the expertise and creativity needed for other businesses to stand out among a crowded and competitive environment. Saysons has developed a unique team that spans worldwide and not just offers graphic design services, but also IT solutions, web design, hosting options, and valuable marketing & consulting help.
In North America, many employees are disconnected and disengaged from their work, making them less productive. When an employee is engaged in their work, they are more focused and motivated, allowing companies to stay ahead of their competition. Internal social media platforms for employees to stay up to speed have become increasingly favoured in organizations and this will only continue to increase.
Wow, I can’t believe this is my first blog ever! So readers, please be gentle. We all know that happiness has a ripple effect. When we are happy we want everyone to be happy. According to Forbes, “There’s plenty of hard evidence that shows that happy employees lead directly to better performance and higher profits. Last year revenues increased by an average of 22.2 percent for the 2014 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For. And according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these same companies added new employees at a rate that was five times higher than the national average.” I am super excited about the topic of: Employee Engagement. Heck, why wouldn’t I be? I am an employee after all. What does it take to engage an employee like myself? I pondered this question as I spun through the great wide web. I was amazed at the lengths some companies have gone through to keep their employees connected and happy in this digital era of ours. This trend is increasingly apparent in the Hi-Tech sector. I chose to write about Shopify because they are a passionate company with a culture that contributes to employee engagement. They were also recognized as one of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ for 2013.  For those who still haven’t heard about this kickass company here is some background for you folks. From its humble beginnings in 2004 and the ingenious minds of 3 young entrepreneurs looking to sell snowboards online (Snowdevil) came the birth of Shopify. A leading cloud based solutions provider that targets companies of all sizes. Its unique platform allows business to add value to their storefronts with a variety of tools including a third party market place. There are over 200,000 companies using Shopify based in 150 countries. Shopify has offices in Toronto, Waterloo, and is headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario. A powerhouse in the market place Shopify Inc’s (SHOP.N) (SH.TO) shares rose as much as 69 percent in their U.S. debut, valuing the company at about $2.14 billion.  At Shopify happiness is built into their very culture, they have designed and implemented every detail to ensure it flows through out the whole organization. Check out Daniel Weinand, Co-founder and Chief Cultural Officer (Yeah, you read that right!), giving us a peek at their Ottawa office and describing some of their many perks. Still not convinced then please view the YouTube video Life at Shopify
Organisation name: Rightpoint Consulting LLC Industry: Intranet design and implementation Web references: Rightpoint Consulting LLC, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Psychometrics Canada, Maria Z. Gonzalez article How social media is used for business performance: In 2013 Rightpoint Consulting launched a new intranet service, dubbed the Vine, for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a Michigan-based philanthropic organization employing about 200 people. In a case… Read more »
Organization Name: Mayo Clinic Industry: Medical Clinic/Research Name of contact if available: John Noseworthy, CEO Web references:Mayo Clinic The Lay of the Land: “To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace.” – Doug Conant, CEO of Campbell’s Soup Employee involvement. Let’s start with those simple two words. A company that values its employee’s contributions will actively… Read more »
Image courtesy Maersk Flickr page. Company: Industry: Transportation, container shipping Description: Maersk Line is the global container division of the Danish A.P. Moller – Maersk Group. Founded in 1928, Maersk Line is considered one of the largest container shipping companies in the world. Maersk Line employs approximately 25,000 people, operates over 600 vessels and has ports in almost every country in the… Read more »
Organization name: Molson Coors Canada Web references: www.molsoncoors.com http://www.cmswire.com/cms/enterprise-collaboration/does-your-community-help-people-succeed-011696.php http://pistachioconsulting.com/molson-social-media-case-study/ http://blog.molson.com/community/2011/11/18/i-love-rewards-loves-molson-coors-canada/ Description of how social media is used for business performance: Molson Coors was able to significantly improve its employee engagement through its “Our Brew” program aimed at defining and communicating company values, culture, and goals to employees. Social media plays a huge role in the “Our Brew” program by engaging… Read more »