Recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2021):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 8, 2021)
Here are some of the reasons why Insight Canada, Inc. was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2021):
- Insight Canada supports a number of local charitable initiatives each year and encourages employee involvement with two paid days off to volunteer
- In addition to tuition support, Insight Canada provides subsidies for professional accreditation and a variety of in-house and online training options to help employees develop their skills
- Insight Canada helps employees save for the future with matching RSP contributions and provides referral bonuses of up to $2,000 for employees who recruit friends from their network
At Insight, values are more than a sign on a wall
As if working from home with two small children during a pandemic weren’t enough, Lyndsey O’Keeffe, a client solutions representative at Insight Canada Inc., one day tripped and knocked herself out. For two months, she was out of commission with a severe concussion, and her husband, who was also working from home, was left to look after everyone.
“People from the office sent food to my house to make sure my husband didn’t spend all his time cooking, and my teammates kept telling me they’d take care of business and not to rush back,” says O’Keeffe. “I’ve never worked for a company that has taken such good care of its employees.”
None of this surprises senior vice-president and general manager John Dathan, who was drawn to the third-largest technology solutions provider in no small part because of its culture. Insight’s core values are hunger, heart and harmony, and both Dathan and O’Keeffe agree those values are much more than just a sign on a wall. Through the pandemic, Dathan says, “I’ve seen what I’ve always known about our culture – just more vividly in our new hybrid workplace.”
The first thoughts when COVID-19 was declared a pandemic were for the employees, who were sent home with everything they needed to work. The company quickly implemented telemedicine, providing employees with free access to health care providers around the clock, and paid extra attention to any employees who were living alone. In addition, Insight temporarily increased the hourly rate of the staff who had to work from the office during lockdown.
The same care has been given to clients and community. Pre- COVID, Insight furnished a technology room for Summit School, for children with special needs, with new computers, keyboards and accessories. When the pandemic hit, the company and one of its partners donated 25 laptops so that teachers could continue to connect with their students from home.
With another partner, Insight was also able to quickly supply an eldercare company with preconfigured iPads so that its residents would still be able to be in touch with family members.
“Our website says our purpose is to make meaningful connections to help our clients work smarter,” says Dathan, whose company is currently developing some nifty COVID-19-related technology. “When I began at Insight, I didn’t fully grasp the power of this statement. But what I’ve learned is that we have incredible relationships with our partners that influence the strong outcomes we have with our clients.”