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 Wesgroup Equipment LP was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2021):
- Wesgroup Equipment LP helps employees prepare for the future with matching RSP contributions and retirement planning assistance -- and also offers phased-in work options, allowing employees nearing retirement to gradually reduce their hours
- Wesgroup Equipment LP created a dedicated wellness committee to share health and well-being resources and offers a lifestyle spending account of $200 to help employees cover the costs of items such as fitness classes and personal trainers
- Wesgroup Equipment LP encourages employees to become recruiters for the company with generous new employee referral bonuses ranging from $1,500 to $3,000, depending on the position
Wesgroup Equipment is committed to employee growth
Tony Atwal was working as an operations manager for a roofing company in 2016 when he decided to make a career change. It was a big one. He took a position as an assistant operations manager with Surrey-based Williams Machinery, a Wesgroup Equipment company, which sells, rents and services material handling, compact and heavy construction equipment used in construction, logging and landscaping as well as in sawmills, warehouses and ports.
But Wesgroup’s commitment to training and development eased the transition. “Coming from a different industry, all I had to offer was a great attitude,” says Atwal, now sales manager of the material handling division. “My first manager provided the coaching and mentoring I needed.”
Wesgroup has a diverse workforce, and invests time and money in learning opportunities regardless of role, says chief executive officer Dhar Dhaliwal. Approximately half of the staff are technicians who service equipment, and the company supports them through apprenticeship training as well as manufacturer training.
The balance of the staff comprises management, sales representatives and support roles in human resources, marketing, accounting and finance, among others. “We invest significant money and hours in training for all our people,” says Dhaliwal.
Atwal is managing a team of nine. He was groomed for the role with training provided in-house and through external programs. And he, in turn, is expected to keep close tabs on the development of his staff. “I meet one-on-one quarterly to find out how my staff are progressing and how I can help them with their needs and I’m required to track my follow up,” he says.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, the company’s focus inevitably shifted. “We spent the first month figuring out how we were going to operate,” says Dhaliwal. Wesgroup adopted strict protocols to keep its employees safe. There are morning huddles to check in with team members to ensure everyone is safe and healthy. Social distancing, sanitization, protective barriers and mask protocols are in place throughout each facility and when meeting or servicing customers at the customer's location. All protocols are designed to keep staff, their families and customers safe and in turn keep the business operating.
One thing hasn’t changed during the pandemic – Wesgroup’s commitment to supporting communities through donations to food banks and collecting gifts for families in need at Christmas. “Here’s a company that not only cares about its people,” says Atwal. “It cares about the community. That’s a big deal for me.”
Recognized as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2021):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Apr 5, 2021)
Here are some of the reasons why Wesgroup Equipment LP was selected as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2021):
- Wesgroup Equipment LP supports ongoing employee development through apprenticeships, in-house and online training, and tuition subsidies for job-related courses (up to $1,500 annually)
- Wesgroup Equipment LP provides new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments, to 75 per cent of salary for up to 15 weeks, and offers the option to phase in their return to work as they transition to their new roles as parents