Eclipse Awards & the Living Wage Campaign
by Toby Barazzuol on Friday Aug 27, 2010
This week, Eclipse Awards proudly became the 8th company in Vancouver, BC to be recognized as a member of the Living Wage for Families Campaign .
This commitment is simply an extension of our belief that people are the most important part of any organization. We find ourselves amongst a group of early adopters who see this as a tremendous opportunity to re-weave our social fabric. Our staff work hard to ensure that Eclipse Awards performs at the level that it does, and in return we try to recognize them as best we can. Our company already provides our staff with incentives towards zero-emissions vehicles, walking to work, and using public transit - we're simply adding one more commitment to help provide them with a good quality of life.
What is a Living Wage?
A Living Wage is different from the minimum wage, which is a minimum legislated by the government. A Living Wage reflects a higher standard that people need to support their families based on the actual costs of living. In 2010 post-Olympics Metro Vancouver, now aiming to be the Greenest City in the World by 2010, the living wage happens to be $18.17 per hour (as of August). If you're interested to see how close you are to a living wage, check out the Living Wage Calculator.
What does this mean to our customers?
Some people are concerned that with higher wages, the costs of everything else will go up. However, we have found the opposite to be true. In fact, there are several great things that happen when you recognize your staff and appreciate them with a living wage. Sustainability starts with people.
Here are the top 5 benefits of a Living Wage for you, our customers:
1. Happy people do beautiful work - when you feel appreciated and engaged, it shows in your work. The recipients of the awards we make can feel the love that goes into them!
2. Staff that feel engaged stay with the company and provide consistency. All of our staff have been employed here for a minimum of two years - we don't use transient staff that are simply looking to pass the time.
3. We pay people and develop their skills. We encourage our staff to learn and grow. We invest in them and give them room to develop. Recently, our Nelson Borges became Western Canada's first Certified Recognition Professional.
4. We attract great people to work at Eclipse Awards - our commitment to excellence and sustainability attracts the best people, and they in turn improve our company and service.
5. Our staff are dedicated to their work and to you - they approach their work as professionals and take pride and ownership of what they do. You will notice this when you work with us.
The value of Eclipse Awards as your partner depends on the skills and talents of our staff. Our performance shows in the quality of the awards we produce, the responsiveness of our service and the experience that we share with you.
With our involvement in the Living Wage Campaign, you can be sure that we are committed to providing you with the best value and customer experience in the awards industry!