Scotiabank, National Gallery tapped as top employers

Scotiabank
& Trust (Cayman) Ltd and the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands earned
top honours in their size classification at the second annual Top Employer
Cayman Islands Award black-tie gala at the Marriott Beach Resort on Friday
night.

Scotiabank
scored highest of five qualifying companies in the large employer category of
50 or more employees. It got high marks for work-life balance, training and
employee communication.

When
his company was announced as the highest scoring top employer, Scotiabank
Managing Director Freddy Sulliman said he was at an unusual loss for words.

“This
really belongs to the employees,” he said. “We have a great team and without
them, we wouldn’t have won the award.”

In
the small- to medium-sized employer category, a classification for companies
with fewer than 50 employers, the National Gallery came out on top of two other
qualifying organisations. Director Natalie Urquhart noted that the Gallery was
the only non-profit organisation attaining the Top
Employer Cayman Islands standard.

“There
are eight of us who do this incredible schedule, so we work very hard,” she
said. “We have a very dynamic, hard-working but fun organisation.”

Other
firms attaining the Top Employer standard by earning at least 75 points out of
a possible 100 were Aon Insurance Managers (Cayman) Ltd; BDO; CML Offshore
recruitment; RBC Royal Bank; Caribbean Utilities Company; and KPMG, which
trailed Scotiabank by less than three points in the final outcome. KPMG, which
also placed second in inaugural Top Employer Award competition last year, got
the highest marks for community involvement, one of the nine workplace
dimensions surveyed in the scoring process.

Other
short-listed employers who just missed attaining the Top Employer standard
included Rawlinson Hunter and FirstCaribbean International Bank (Cayman) Ltd.

Thirty
per cent of the overall score for employers came from the employer-submitted
application and the other 70 per cent came from surveys given to all company
employees.

Human
Resources Society Immediate Past President Phil Jackson, who initiated the Top
Employer Award during his presidency, said the judges had a difficult time
choosing the top employers this year.

“The
applications this year compared to last year were much stronger,” he said.

Society
President Samantha Nehra said she was impressed that so many of Cayman’s
organisations allowed themselves to be put under the scrutiny of the
application process during the current difficult economic times. “You are all
truly employees of choice,” she said, later noting that all of the short-listed
companies should be proud.

“The
very fact that you got here means that you won.”

The
gala also featured an address by Minister of Education, Training and Employment
Rolston Anglin.

Mr.
Anglin said he was happy to see that the Top Employer initiative had received
such a good response. He admitted he was at first sceptical whether, in such a
small community as Cayman, many companies would be willing to put themselves in
the spotlight of the application process.  He said he thought the good
response bodes well for Cayman.

“What
this means is there are just that many more companies that are going to try to
unseat you [as Top Employer], and in my mind, that’s what this kind of
initiative is about.”

Following
a video presentation that featured segments on all 10 of the short-listed
companies, keynote speaker Anthony Meehan spoke about the importance of having
an initiative such as the Top Employer Award.

Mr.
Meehan, the CEO of Mediacorp Canada, the publisher of Canada’s Top 100
Employers and 18 other awards, praised the Cayman Islands Society of Human
Resources Professionals for its approach to giving its award.

“When
you make it apparent why people win, you get transparency in the selection of
winners,” he said, adding that transparency was not only important for the
applicants, but for the public as well.

Mr.
Meehan said transparent initiatives like the Top Employer Award would raise the
bar in terms of workplace conditions. He noted that while there were only a
couple of potential drawbacks for an employer seeking the Top Employer
standard, including the time spent on the application, there were many more
potential benefits.  He said those benefits included attracting better job
applicants; the reduction of staff turnover costs; higher employee engagement;
improved industry standing; and a culture improvement inside the company,
something he said could help move the human resources functions of a business from
the expense side of the balance sheet to the revenue side.

In
addition, Mr. Meehan said that taking part in initiatives like the Top Employer
Award could help reduce what he called social fault lines, stress points unique
to every society.  In Cayman, he said, the Caymanian-expatriate relations
were an example of a social fault line.

“These
types of competitions, I really believe, have the ability to reduce social
fault lines… to make the divisions a little less pronounced,” he said.

 

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