Kootenay Career Development Society recognized as a Best Workplace™
Kootenay Career Development Society (KCDS) is being recognized as one of this year’s Best Workplaces™
in Canada. This morning, KCDS staff gathered online in anticipation of the virtual reveal and they were
not disappointed. KCDS moved up the list from 23rd in Canada the previous year, to 6th! This list, and
related stories, will appear in a Special National Report on Friday April 17, 2020 in The Globe and Mail.
Under normal circumstances, it is easy to reflect on what makes Kootenay Career Development
Society an amazing place to work, it’s the people! A constellation of intelligence, empathy, talent,
commitment and respect that together really make KCDS stand out. Individually, each member of
the KCDS team is devoted to their work, serving individuals and the communities they live in.
Parallel to this exists a dedication to each other, demonstrated through teamwork, comradery and
bonds that transcend the professional sphere.
What makes KCDS an exceptional place to work is the leadership. These are extraordinary times
and we have all witnessed a lot of fear and unease relating to our jobs and future livelihoods. Early
on in the pandemic, the severity of its impact yet to be revealed, KCDS’ leadership had the courage
to put its people first, moving swiftly to find a service delivery model that would not compromise its
commitment to clients while also serving the needs of staff. It is the human centered approach
combined with professional integrity that has built a foundation of social trust, making KCDS a
truly great place to work. (KCDS Staff Member)
The 2020 Best Workplaces™ in Canada list is compiled by the Great Place to Work® Institute. The
competition process is based on two criteria: two-thirds of the total score comes from confidential
employee survey results and the remaining one-third comes from an in-depth review of the
organization’s culture. This offers a rigorous representation of the organization from an employee
perspective, and an overall portrait of the workplace culture. Together, they provide crucial data relative
to five trust-building dimensions: credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie.
This year’s list received over 400 registrations and over 80,000 employees participated in the 2020 “Best Workplaces™ in Canada” survey, rolling out to impact over 300,000 Canadian employees.
About Great Place to Work®:
Great Place to Work® is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. It is a
global research and consulting firm with a mission to build a better society by helping companies
transform their workplaces. Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise
needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. In Canada, Great Place to
Work® produces both industry and demographic specific Best Workplace™ lists. This is part of the world’s
largest annual workplace study, which culminates in a series of national lists in over 50 countries,
including the study’s flagship list of 100 Best Companies published annually in Fortune magazine. Globally,
this survey represents the voices of 11 million employees, which are the primary determinant used in
selecting winners. There’s only one way to get on this list – your employees have to put you on it.
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Kootenay Career Development Society is a regional non-profit organisation operating in BC’s Southern
Interior. Since 2004, KCDS has been delivering dynamic and responsive career development and
employment support services to job seekers and employers. KCDS’ organisational model prioritizes
partnership, cooperation and community development, working collaboratively to delivery multiple
programs across the region and participating in a wide variety of community initiatives. KCDS has five
primary programs, 60 staff, seven partner organisations, serves hundreds of clients and is still growing.