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In 2024, the BC's Top Employers selection committee recognized the BCER as a top employer in the province. They noted our excellence in helping employees “strike a balance between personal and professional responsibilities" through programs such as an annual health and wellness allocation, flexible work options, training and development opportunities and up to 70 hours of paid leave for personal circumstances.

It's often acknowledged around our offices that people are the heart and soul of the organization - and here is what a few of these fine folks have to say about what makes the BCER a special place to work.

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Melanie

What does the BCER being chosen as a Top Employer in B.C. mean to you?

It confirms all the reasons why the BCER has been my longest standing place of employment in a career spanning almost 30 years!

When looking at the eight criteria being evaluated, why do you think the BCER was chosen as a Top Employer?

This organization helps people follow a career path that they envision for themselves while respecting the fact that everyone also has lives and interests outside of work.

Do you have an example of how the BCER has demonstrated itself as a Top Employer?

I obtained my project management training through the BCER’s employee scholarship program qualifying me to attain my Project Management Professional designation and gave me the skills to design and lead some innovative and exciting initiatives.

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Shan

What does the BCER being chosen as a Top Employer in B.C. mean to you?

Being selected as a Top employer in B.C. reflects the valuable work done by the BCER. I believe this fosters a sense of fulfillment through the supportive work culture. The Information Technology (IT) team has the rare opportunity to interact with all divisions on most days. Experiences relayed from these are relevant to reinforcing the corporate culture through teamwork. People make the place at BCER!

When looking at the eight criteria being evaluated, why do you think the BCER was chosen as a Top Employer?

For me, the BCER values transparent and effective communication channels to keep employees informed and engaged. This could involve regular updates on company news, open-door policies for feedback, and platforms for employee input and suggestions.

The BCER offers comprehensive benefits packages that address employees' health, financial, and family needs. Among these, health insurance, retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, and support for work-life balance initiatives strengthen organizational retention. The BCER prioritizes employee well-being through vacation allowances and flexible time-off policies. With the Modified Work Week program, 3-day weekends are no longer a rarity.

The BCER provides a positive and inclusive workplace environment where employees feel valued and supported. This includes initiatives such as diversity and inclusion programs, employee resource groups, and opportunities for collaboration and teamwork.

Do you have an example of how the BCER has demonstrated itself as a Top Employer?

There is a saying in IT: "When things are quiet, no one notices. When things are loud, everyone does." Demonstrable examples of this principle in action occur when we encounter scenarios where large systems are affected. Our team, comprising members with varying levels of expertise, unite to troubleshoot effectively until resolution. This expertise benefits the BCER’s business mandates when collaborating with other provincial entities.

Furthermore, outside of the technical arena, our company cultivates a lively social vibe with relaxed gatherings such as potlucks, trivia, or community engagement events. These occasions not only strengthen bonds among colleagues but also construct a positive work environment.

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Rob

What does the BCER being chosen as a Top Employer in B.C. mean to you?

It reaffirms something I have always thought and said: that you couldn’t ask for a better employer or colleagues.

When looking at the eight criteria being evaluated, why do you think the BCER was chosen as a Top Employer?

How could they not be chosen when they meet (if not exceed) all the criteria with amazing workplace camaraderie, health, financial & family benefits. It says something about both the employer and those who work here that we have programs like “We Care,” where we can donate money to help our colleagues and their family during difficult times such as health concerns, etc.

Do you have an example of how the BCER has demonstrated itself as a Top Employer?

I think a great example was how leadership and our colleagues were during Covid - they reassured us that we would get through this together, regularly touched base to see how we were doing, and calmed any worries about how we, as individuals and the organization, would get through it. It showed me the calibre of the organization and the leadership within.

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Trudy

What does the BCER being chosen as a Top Employer in B.C. mean to you?

It means that I’m working at the right place. I come to work with a smile on my face and try to learn something new everyday. I know that we are a great place to work at, with a lot of diverse people. Friendships start here and they’re deeply rooted.

When looking at the eight criteria being evaluated, why do you think the BCER was chosen as a Top Employer?

The BC Energy Regulator promotes work life balance, social activities, etc. Lots of friendships are formed here and this helps with department communications. We are one big team at the BC Energy Regulator and can face changes head on.

Do you have an example of how the BCER has demonstrated itself as a Top Employer?

It was our 20th year anniversary [in 2018]. To have all our office staff together in one place. To see everyone in person, was a wow moment. There was so much interaction and talking. Oh, the talking. To show my coworkers where my cubicle was in the building. They now know that I have the best window view. The dinner was wonderful and again, there was so much talking. The next day, it was good to sit and work with different people, and to get to know their thinking and funny personalities.