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FBM earns Top Employer award

FBM is the latest organization to earn a spot among Atlantic Canada’s Top Employers. It’s the first time FBM has won such an award, and the first Halifax-based architecture firm to receive the award thanks, in part, to progressive policies implemented or expanded during the firm’s 2017 rebrand.

“One of the biggest challenges this year was adapting to the changes in our workplace and lifestyle. We’re pleased to be recognized for the commitment we’ve made to our staff; we’re very proud of this milestone in the success of FBM," says Craig Davidson, FBM Finance Principal.

Increased parental leave, referral bonuses and flexible work weeks are just some of the practices FBM has adopted in the past three years. Currently, 48 full-time architects, interior designers, planners and support personnel working on such projects as Richmond Yards, Cabot Cliffs, and the new Marine Drive Academy P-12 school in Sheet Harbour, which opened in September.

“Much of our work focuses on public interest design—an approach that considers our work in the broader community socially and ecologically. ‘People driven design’ refers both to that design intention and the culture of valuing and fostering the talent within our own walls,” adds Susan Fitzgerald, Architect and FBM Design Principal.

Editors at MediaCorp grade employers on 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.

Since 1999, the Toronto-based publisher has managed the Canada's Top 100 Employers project, which includes 18 regional and special-interest editorial competitions that reach over 15-million Canadians annually through a variety of magazine and newspaper partners, including Atlantic Business Magazine.