But when do they work? – Employers’ Efforts – employee retention techniques of Intuit Canada Ltd., Bioware Corp., Epcor Utilities Inc

But when do they work? – Employers’ Efforts – employee retention techniques of Intuit Canada Ltd., Bioware Corp., Epcor Utilities Inc – Brief Article

Canadian firms like Intuit, Bio Ware and EPCOR offer unique luxuries to make employees want to stay, and it’s working.

Feel like a nap after a tough workout in the fully-loaded fitness center? Intuit Canada has three sleep rooms, each with a bed, lamp and alarm clock. A game? Play basketball, volleyball or floor hockey in the gym, or perhaps a less active game in the games room/lounge, with fireplace and big screen TV. “Few companies treat their employees this way. You’d have to drag us out kicking and screaming,” says one employee; and turnover is just 3% in an industry where 20% is standard. BioWare, maker of video game Baldur’s Gate, starts each day with an impressive continental breakfast spread, allows employees to work out free at any city fitness center, and of course, offers a welt-appointed games room. One of Canada’s top 100 is EPCOR, a large utilities company. That company believes in career development, and pays for courses, including getting a university degree. EPCOR has a turnover rate of 5%, and is such a popular employer that it won’t take unsolicited resumes. “We’re trying to create an environment where they want to work, be and contribute for a long period of time,” says one executive. “We think we’re on the right track, but we’d never say we were done.”

# 16411 Edmonton, AB, Canada, THE EDMONTON SUN, 3-25-02

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