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The 10 Best Companies In Canada That Everyone Longs To Work For

The 10 Best Companies In Canada That Everyone Longs To Work For

There was once a time when companies could offer a good salary, health benefits, vacation time, and a retirement package, and that was enough for most people. Today, company executives realize that in order to get the best talent, they need to offer even more perks. In Canada, there are loads of companies that people from all over the world want to work for, because they offer so many perks. Here is a small sampling.

1. Shopify

Here is a company that definitely doesn’t discriminate when it comes to age. The team ranges in age from 18 to 62 years. This company wants the best talent, and knows that just because someone is young or close to retirement age that they still have something to offer. Childcare benefits are terrific, and flexible work hours are offered to accommodate those who have children.

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2. WestJet Airlines Ltd.

Another great place to work for people who love to travel, this company lets  employees take part in an employee share purchase plan, as well as discounted airline tickets and holiday packages. More than 200 internal events take place each year, including skiing and softball tournaments.

3. Concept Group

This is another company that offers tuition reimbursement if the training is work-related, and there is no maximum on the amount. Employees enjoy a number of social events, including golf tournaments and the Calgary Stampede barbecue.

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4. Keg Restaurants Ltd.

Here is a great opportunity for young people who are just entering the work force. They can develop work and real-life skills, and employees have flexible scheduling. There are awesome staff events, and a 40 percent food discount, even when employees are not working.

5. Allstate Insurance Co. of Canada

Employees are given a flexible work schedule, which includes work from home programs, to ensure that all employees are able to do their jobs to the best of their ability. There are 12-18 month developmental opportunities that are available to all employees, and fitness is also important.

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6. Maritime Travel Inc.

Not only is this a great place to work, employees can share as much as 30 percent of the annual profits. Employees get to take subsidized trips to a variety of destinations, including Europe and the Caribbean, which helps them to do their jobs even better.

7. Canadian Apartment Properties Real Estate Investment Trust

If you are looking for a great retirement plan, you will find it here. This is a company that now matches employee contributions up to 20 percent. This is also a community minded company, taking part in local school breakfast programs and other community events.

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8. Canadian Western Bank

Employees who are furthering their education can enjoy as much as 100 percent reimbursement of their tuition, and there are also internal training programs. Employees also receive low interest rates on loans, as well as preferred mortgage rates and an employee share-purchase plan.

9. McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Ltd.

This is another company that is perfect for young people, as well as older people who are looking to get back into the work force. McDonald’s has been the first employer for a lot of Canadians (approximately 50% of employees are 18 years of age or younger) and always supports Transitioning Military Personnel. Promotions are usually done from within, and on various anniversaries (10, 15, 25, and 35 years) employees receive an additional week of paid vacation.

10. Earls Restaurants Ltd.

Every year, employees are given a minimum of 24 hours of additional training, and the Red Seal apprentice program pays all of the expenses for knives, books, and even culinary training. Leadership and personal development courses are available to all employees, and there are company awards that include food and wine tours to destinations all over the world, including Japan and Bordeaux in France.

Featured photo credit: Shopify via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 31, 2020

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

Knowledge is essential to become successful in life, your career and your business. Without learning new concepts and becoming proficient in our craft, we cannot excel in our chosen careers or archive knowledge to pass down to the next generation.

But content comes in various forms, and because how we learn influences how much we know, we need to talk about learning styles. This article will focus on how to utilize visual learning to boost your career or business.

The Importance of Knowing Your Learning Style

Knowing your learning style enables you to process new information to the best of your ability. Not only does it reduce your learning curve, you’re able to communicate these same concepts to others effectively.

But it all starts when you’re able to first identify the best way you learn.

As a college student, I soon figured out that taking online courses without visual aids or having an instructor in front of me led to poor retention of concepts.

Sure, I got good grades and performed excellently in my online exams. However. I discovered that I couldn’t maintain this performance level because I forgot 80 percent of the course content by the end of the semester.

There are several types of learning styles known to mankind. To give an idea of how visual learning stacks up against other learning styles, here’s a brief mention of some of the different types of learning styles we have.

The four most popular types of learning styles are:

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  • Visual learning style (what this article talks about).
  • Aural or auditory learning style (learning by listening to information presented).
  • Verbal or linguistic learning style (learning that involves speech and writing).
  • Tactile learning style (learning by touching and doing)

But for the purposes of this article, we will be focusing on using visual learning to boost your career or business.

How to Know If You’re a Visual Learner?

When it comes to boosting your career, business (or education), a visual learner is one who would most definitely choose shapes, images, symbols, or reading over auditory messages.

I’m talking about preferring to read an actual map when navigating to a new place over listening to verbal directions. I’m talking about discovering that you actually have trouble remembering what your manager said at the meeting because there were no graphs or illustrations to support the points raised.

Most people who struggle with learning probably aren’t leveraging their best learning styles. The earlier you identify how your learning style can boost your success, the less struggle you will encounter with processing new information throughout your career.

However, visual learning in particular CAN 10x your career or business whether it is your preferred learning style or not. And here’s why:

Several studies have arrived at the conclusion that the brain retains more information with the help of visual aids. In other words, images are directly processed by our long-term memory which helps us store information for longer periods of time.[1]

While some lessons can be performed orally, several concepts can only make sense if you have an image with an explanation of sequences (i.e learning about the human DNA).

Visual learning does use a different part of the brain and visual cues are processed by the part of the brain known as the occipital lobe.

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By engaging more parts of the brain during learning, you’re able to have a fuller understanding of concepts and facilitate better interaction with your immediate environment.

How to Use Visual Learning for Success

Here’re 4 ways to use visual learning to boost your career or business:

1. Bring back the to-do list. Then add shapes and colors to boost productivity.

We live in an age where computers have taken over virtually every aspect of productivity and most human functions. But written lists are making a comeback, and with an endless number of important tasks to complete, having a to-do list of tasks in order of importance can improve your productivity.

While coming up with a list is initially challenging, adding colors and shapes to written lists that you personally write and manage gives you an extra layer of assurance and boosts aids recall so that you actually get stuff done.

I have tried this technique in my work as a registered nurse and discovered that adding shapes and colors to to-do lists helps me delegate tasks, recognize where more work is needed, and makes it easy to cross off completed tasks at the end of the day.

2. Add graphs, charts and symbols to your reports.

Yes, it seems like more work cut out for you. However, graphs enable you monitor the heartbeat of your business.

Graphs and charts help you trend your finances, budget, and pretty much any data overtime. With the help of free and premium software available on the market, it has become easier to take plain data and in a matter of seconds, have relevant information displayed in different shapes and images.

As an entrepreneur, you can make predictions and allocate funds wisely when you’re able to see whether your efforts are rewarded. You can use colors and charts to delegate actions to members of your team and track performance at the same time.

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And when broken down into monthly, quarterly, bi-annual or annual goals, graphs and charts communicate what ordinary text cannot.

3. Effectively brainstorm with mind-mapping.

Mind-mapping is not new but I don’t think it’s been talked about as often as we do to-do lists.

With mind mapping, you’re organizing information accurately and drawing relationships between concepts and pieces from a whole.

Think of a mind map as a tree with several branches. For example, the tree can symbolize healthcare while each branch stands for nursing, medicine, laboratory science, and so on. When you look at nursing, you can further branch out into types of nursing; pediatric, women’s health, critical care, and so on.

It’s an interesting relationship; the more ideas you’re able to come up with for your chosen subject, the deeper you get and the stronger the association.

Mind maps really show you relationships between subjects and topics, and simplifies processes that might seem complicated at first glance. In a way, it is like a graphical representation of facts presented in a simple, visual format.

Mind mapping isn’t only limited to career professionals; business owners can benefit from mind mapping by organizing their online learning activities and breaking down complex tasks into simple actions so that you can accurately measure productivity.

4. Add video streaming to meetings.

What if you could double the productivity of your team members by video streaming your meetings or adding flash animation to your presentation at the same time?

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When you offer video as an alternative method of processing information to colleagues, there is a greater chance of retaining information because we recreate these stories into images in our minds.

For organizations that hold virtual meetings, it can also be an effective way to enhance performance during if people can see their colleagues in addition to flash animation or whatever form of video is provided during the meeting.

Is Visual Learning Better Than Other Learning Styles?

No, that is not the point. The goal here is to supplement your existing dominant learning style with visual learning so that you can experience a significant boost in how you process and use everyday information.

You might discover that understanding scientific concepts are much easier after incorporating visual learning or that you’re able to understand your organization’s value when projected on a visual screen with charts and graphs.

The overall goal is to always be learning and to continue to leverage visual learning style in your career and business.

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