Recognition at Softchoice:The Fashionable Side of Employee Rewards

The history of the necktie traces back to 1618. During the 30 Year War, pieces of cloth worn around the necks of Croatian mercenaries caught the eye of Parisians. They dubbed it the “cravat” and a fashion craze exploded. Softchoice has taken the necktie fashion craze even further…not only with a jacket, but by fashioning it into one of the company’s most prestigious sales awards – the Softchoice Tie Jacket Award.

So where did such a crazy idea come from?  [Read more…]

How to Get 20 Great Ideas from 900 Employees in 3 Minutes

After reading a flurry of Tweets that pointed me to IT World Canada’s list of Top Summer Blockbuster Movies with an IT Upgrade – I was inspired. With many creative co-workers spread across North America, I knew we could create an old school movie list with an IT twist!

But how could I quickly get everyone involved in the company and have some fun at the same time? Yammer did the trick! One quick question posted on our corporate Yammer network instantly spurred co-worker responses from Atlanta to Chicago to Seattle, Montreal, Toronto and more!

We’re a big company with office locations in cities throughout the US and Canada. Yammer helps us feel more connected to each other by making it easier to easily communicate across borders, provinces and states. We use it to share and comment on everything from team wins, employee success stories to industry news and more. But today was a great example of how we also use it to create energy and fun in a geographically diverse workplace. As we say, “We take our business seriously, but not ourselves”!

Our employees didn’t disappoint. Here’s their Top 20 Softchoice IT Movie hit list….enjoy! [Read more…]

I heart working at Softchoice

Our corporate sales centers and branch offices are typically located in major urban centers. This ensures ready access to a pool of skilled and highly educated candidates. We view our facilities as an extension of our unique corporate culture.

Through open-concept loft-style spaces, we seek to promote a warm, comfortable environment that encourages the free exchange of ideas. That means providing spaces that offer plenty of elbow room and informal meeting areas where employees can connect on business or catch up with their co-workers. We continue to make significant investments to create a consistent feel across all of our locations.

Our Toronto headquarters has a large lunchroom with comfortable lounge-style seating and a multimedia center to encourage employees to leave their desks and socialize with each other. There is also a quiet room where employees can spend downtime and an in-house gym to encourage our people to integrate fitness into their daily routine.
Softchoice has also maintained a number of unique traditions that we believe contribute to a vibrant work environment. In most offices, employees are free to bring their dog to work, and once a month we offer refreshments and snacks to all employees, providing an opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments together. While relatively small details, taken together, these initiatives ensure Softchoice remains not just a place to work, but also a place to socialize, relax and stay healthy.