Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2021):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 15, 2021)
Here are some of the reasons why Clearly was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2021):
- Clearly encourages employees to adopt an ownership mentality through a share purchase plan, available to all employees, and offers generous referral bonuses for individuals who recruit candidates from their personal network (up to $3,000 per referral)
- Along with ensuring employees could take home needed technology to work from home over the past year, Clearly provided a $400 subsidy for the purchase of office equipment and supplies to ensure their work-from-home arrangements were comfortable
- Ongoing employee development is a priority at Clearly and employees have opportunities to participate in a variety of in-house training programs, including mentoring relationships and leadership training -- employees also have access to tuition subsidies of up to $1,000 for courses both related and indirectly related to their current position
Community service is a great vision for Clearly
The first thing optician Mo Guivehchian noticed, as he fitted a pair of glasses for a young woman at Clearly in Vancouver, was the bridge of her nose was bruised.
Clearly, a Canadian-based eye-wear company, does most business online, but had reopened its retail locations after a three-month shutdown following the outbreak of COVID-19 and Guivehchian was glad to be back at the job he loves. Concerned, he asked his patient about the marks on her nose.
“The woman was a nurse at a local hospital who needed a second pair of glasses at work,” says Guivehchian. “She hadn’t noticed the marks, saying all her time was devoted to her patients and not herself. So, I adjusted her glasses and told her I’d ensure her new ones were a comfortable fit too.”
Guivehchian says the experience made him realize the importance of their optical services, and he felt honoured to have served this nurse. A former engineer, he finds it more rewarding to help people than fix machinery.
Clearly gives him lots of opportunities to do that. The company recently introduced an in-store Free Glasses for Kids program to raise awareness about children’s eye health and make eyewear more accessible.
“Some eye conditions need to be diagnosed very young, or they can lead to loss of vision permanently,” says Guivehchian. “Also, these are tough times. Offering free glasses to children age 10 and under helps families that are suffering economically during this pandemic.”
CEO Arnaud Bussieres says Clearly fitted more than 500 kids with glasses in the program’s first six weeks. According to the Canadian Association of Optometrists, nearly 25 per cent of children have vision problems, affecting how they learn and engage with the world.
“Half of the kids are wearing glasses for the first time, which is exactly what we are aiming for,” Bussieres says. “We want to create awareness about the importance of getting an eye exam as early as six months old, and change lives by providing necessary vision correction as early as possible. We have children from all backgrounds, with some parents openly telling us they can’t afford glasses for their kids.”
Clearly’s community support also goes back to the start of COVID-19, when personal protective equipment was urgently needed at hospitals.
“We used our supply chain and suppliers overseas to source masks and face shields for Health Canada,” says Bussieres. “To date, we’ve been able to donate over 80,000 face shields.”