Canada’s 100 “Top Employers” list was released this week. http://www.canadastop100.com/national/ Unfortunately there was not a restaurant or food-service company to be found on this list. The following is the list of criteria the judges use to evaluate companies:
“Employers are evaluated by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers using eight criteria, which have remained consistent since the project’s inception: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; (7) Training & Skills Development; and (8) Community Involvement. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.”
Is it possible that restaurant and food-service employers lag behind other industries when it comes to these criteria? This is a question that a pair of 4th year University of Guelph School of Hospitality and Tourism students may touch on in a research project they will be conducting in the new year. Lindsay Barron and Matthew Azevedo will be working with myself, and Prof. Mike von Massow on a project to understand and evaluate hospitality students perception of the food-service industry as an employer. There work will be part of a discussion paper on the topic that will be presented by UGSRP in the spring.