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Four Steps to Creating a Dog-Friendly Workplace

shorty and murphyAugust 26th marks National Dog Day in the United States, a day dedicated to celebrating man’s best friend and the companionship, aid, and unwavering loyalty they bring to their owners. What better way to celebrate our furry-friends than to let them follow us to the office? Not only is it a benefit for puppies (creating opportunities to socialize them with people and other dogs, giving them more exercise, and reducing anxiety by keeping them close to their owners) – bringing your dog to work also has benefits for employees. Having dogs around can actually increase productivity, reduce stress, and inspire creativity. [Read more…]

Dogs with Heart: Eliminating Heart Disease & Stroke One Paw at a Time

feat im 2Every seven minutes in Canada, one person dies from heart disease and stroke. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in North America. Chances are, you’ve likely been affected by heart disease or stroke, if not directly, then through someone you know.

What can we do to eliminate these killers? A good start is to increase our daily activity levels – even if it’s just a 15 minute walk every day. And what’s better motivation for exercise than taking your dog for a walk in the park? Not only will your puppy (or friend’s puppy if you don’t have your own) love you for it, your heart will too. [Read more…]

Five Dog-Friendly Workplace Myths Busted!

dogBen and Jerry’s, Proctor and Gamble, Google and Autodesk – what do they have in common? If you guessed: ‘dog-friendly workplace’ – you’d be right!  But these corporate giants aren’t the only companies welcoming canines – Softchoice is also proud to be a dog-friendly office! And, according to a study by the American Pet Products Association, nearly 1 in 5 workplaces in America have already joined the four-legged workforce.

Of course, many organizations still have concerns about bringing dogs into the workplace. But it’s not as complicated as you might think! Robbie Eddison, Assessment Services Supervisor at Softchoice, owner of Lebowski, and a key member of our Dog Committee, has helped bust the top five myths about bringing dogs to work! [Read more…]

Softchoice Cares in India: Follow their Journey

From Oct. 8-22, 2016, the Softchoice Cares board is volunteering in Rajasthan, India with Jatan Sansthan. The team will be working to update two computer labs that Softchoice Cares built last year, and train locals from the community, particularly kids, on how to use them – among many adventures. Check this blog post for regular updates on their daily experiences, and follow their journey on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. [Read more…]

10 reasons why Softchoice has been a ‘Great Place to Work’ for 10 years

SC PeopleThe Great Place to Work Institute just named Softchoice to its list of “Best Workplaces in Canada” for the 10th year in a row! We are just one of four organizations to make the list all 10 years it has been in Canada. To celebrate a decade of recognition as one of Canada’s top corporate cultures, here are 10 reasons why our people love working at Softchoice:

1. Meaningful work that drives professional development

Every year Softchoice sets Wildly Important Goals (or WIGs) to clearly define the company’s strategic focus and the means by which we will measure success. These WIGs are cascaded down to every department and every employee in the company so that each individual has a clear view of how their efforts contribute to the big picture.

Every employee also creates their own Individual Development Plan to complete within the year, in which they choose a skillset they would like to acquire or enhance to advance their career. All managers are responsible for ensuring every employee’s business and individual development goals are achieved.

2. Ability to enter and grow within the technology industry

A great thing about Softchoice is we provide a wide range of end-to-end agnostic IT solutions. What that means is employees gain exposure and first rate knowledge in all facets of the IT world from the cloud and data center, to client hardware and software, to managed services and IT consulting.

Our people also get great experience around the latest services and offerings from major vendor partners like Microsoft, Cisco, VMware, Dell and IBM to dozens of SaaS developers and other innovative companies taking share in the cloud.

3. Being a part of a winning, high performance team

In addition to being named a Best Workplace, a Most Engaged Workplace and a Most Admired Corporate Culture, Softchoice and its people are regularly recognized with annual awards and recognition from groups in the technology industry and our vendor partners.

4. Every employee gets two paid volunteer days per year

Every employee in the company is given the option of taking two paid volunteer days a year to give back to a non-profit organization of their choosing. Some elect to take these days alone to support a worthy cause, but often others will volunteer as a team, to not only do some good but do some bonding over a group activity.

5. We serve large and mid-sized clients from a variety of industries

Employees can get a first rate education in the differences in how technology is being applied to organizations in every sector and industry from government and finance, to professional sports and innovative tech companies. Every business we work with brings new challenges and new opportunities to unleash their potential through technology.

6. We’ve raised over $1.5 million through Softchoice Cares

Our company has a grassroots, employee-led philanthropic initiative called Softchoice Cares. Its mission is to provide access to technology for those less fortunate in our own communities and around the world. It’s led by an all-employee board and it’s the catalyst for charitable events and giving across the company.

Through our Power to the People program, for example, any employee can elect a local charity that is near and dear to their hearts (and that has a technology need) and raise money to support it. Softchoice Cares matches the funds raised, and awards additional donations to top fundraisers.

7. Employees have access to a green commute subsidy

Softchoice encourages its employees to take a cleaner, greener commute and help reduce gridlock by subsidizing the cost of taking public transit to work. We also encourage employees, for those who are able, to lead healthy lifestyles by walking or taking their bike to work, too.

8. Our annual company-wide Launch event

At the start of every year, Softchoice brings the whole company together under the same roof for our annual Launch event. We do it to get aligned on goals and strategy for the year ahead, to recognize employees of all departments who went above and beyond in the previous year, and to encourage camaraderie and teambuilding across the company. This is the event where we hand out our one-of-a-kind awards like the coveted Tie Jacket, the White Fedora and the Orange Cape!

9. Open and transparent communication

Softchoice continually looks for new and modern ways to maintain open and transparent communication on the performance, strategy and direction of the company.

Our flagship communications vehicle is an hour-long, webcast talk show called Orange Nation Live that is hosted by Dave MacDonald, our President and CEO, and viewed live by the entire corporation. The monthly show features guest appearances from leaders across the company to review business results, talk strategy, give employee recognition, and provide all employees the opportunity to ask questions to the CEO live and in real time.

10. Our monthly Beer Cart and dog-friendly office!

At Softchoice, we welcome our employees to bring their four-legged friends to the office. Bringing your dog to work has well-documented benefits for both the dog and owner, as well as the people around them. If you’ve never experienced the simple stress relief from petting or playing with a pup at the office, you’re missing out!

And, no matter where you’re located across the company, Softchoice hosts a monthly Beer Cart on the first Friday of every month to bring colleagues together to connect, network and unwind over a cold one. No dogs allowed! Cheers!

Softchoice is a “Great Place” to develop a long-term career in the fast paced and always evolving world of technology solutions. Visit our Careers page to search all current open positions or to submit your resume.

India: Finding Harmony Within the Noise

India: Finding Harmony Within the Noise

The end of the first work week got off to a rough start for me. The spicy and exotic Indian food that was so great the first few days was now losing its charm. The constant honking and swerving to get to the work site did not make for a pleasant morning. Even the worksite business of schlepping stones, mixing and pouring concrete, which at first, a refreshing break from the daily grind of life in NYC, was now just painful.

But after we took a break at the Jatan office and got some good news about the internet upgrade needed for the project, we loaded up the cars to head to the worksite and my outlook started to change. Our driver, who had come off as shy the first few days, put in a CD of some amazing Indian dance tracks and cranked up the volume. As we cleared the town, a beautiful song came on with a man singing over what sounded like an acoustic guitar and everything seemed to fall into place. The goats, cows, water buffalo, sheep, camels, pigs and wild dogs that roam freely in the streets all seemed to be right where they belonged and the honking seemed to provide a nice back beat to the soundtrack. We all felt a renewed energy as we headed back to the worksite.

After an afternoon spent knocking out the last of the foundation and the pillars, our hosts took us out to a village near his home where we loaded onto some cow-drawn wagons and journeyed through some fields to an amazing thousand year old, lake-side temple. The beauty and tranquility at the temple seemed so much more intense after experiencing the entire week’s sensory overload. To end the day, the cofounder of Jatan invited the team to his home. We drank some some tea and learned about life in the upper cast and what inspired him to give back and have more meaning in his life.

However, the tranquility of the afternoon quickly wore off again on the crazy drive back to the hotel. As we flew down a “two lane road” that would be best described in North America as a poorly maintained bike path. Out of nowhere, a turn signal came out of the dark. I assumed this to be someone merging into the road, and what I thought would force our vehicle into a ditch. After no panicking from our driver, I quickly realized the signal wasn’t what he was attempting to do but was simply communicating to our driver to go around him. It suddenly became clear to me, the incessant honking I’ve come to know quite well in India isn’t drivers getting angry and telling people to get out of their way, but just letting each other know where they are so they can safely avoid them.

I still don’t think I will really ever understand the chaos in India. However, I certainly went to bed with a new appreciation and perspective on finding the moments of harmony in the daily madness of life here.