The “Everyday Mavericks” of Startec are proud to announce the company has been selected as one of Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers (Reasons for Selection). Now in its 5th year, the competition recognizes the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that offer the nation's best workplaces and forward-thinking human resources policies. 2018 winners were announced in a special magazine published by the Globe and Mail on April 13, 2018.
"SMEs play an outsized role in Canada's economy," says Anthony Meehan, Publisher at Mediacorp, which manages the competition. "Small and medium-sized employers are responsible for the vast majority of the jobs created in the past decade, so it's important that job-seekers be aware of the leading employers in this sector.”
At Startec, ‘Everyday Mavericks’ Find Ways to Succeed.
Startec’s core value statement defines an everyday maverick as a person who is driven to find a better way, collaborates from start to finish and is challenged to find the solutions that best serve customers’ needs.
“Being an Everyday Maverick is about diligence, drive and persistence,” says Joel Cawthorn, President of Startec Service. “We have high expectations of our employees and there’s a high level of energy in the workplace. There’s a buzz of enthusiasm that’s infectious.”
A strong workplace culture serves as a key retention tool for the company. “People continue to work here not only for career opportunities but because there’s a sense of family,” explains Kristi Cawthorn, President of Startec Compression & Process. “We support that through things like our Maverick Milestone Program, which celebrates personal milestones such as the purchase of a new home or the birth of a child.”
Startec takes a very structured approach to employee engagement. On the shop floor, each workday begins with a 12-minute “adrenaline meeting” that reviews the previous day’s accomplishments and challenges and outlines the goals for the day ahead. Managers hold one-on-one meetings with staff on either a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Work-life balance is also encouraged through a flex-time policy as well as social and recreational activities.