Hooray for HOK

Global architectural design firm, HOK, has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and a Greater Toronto Top 75 Employer for leading the industry in attracting and retaining employees in its offices in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.Among the highlights that earned HOK these distinctions were its environmentally sustainable, LEED Gold Certified Toronto studio, complete with daylight sensor-operated lighting systems, energy-efficient windows, and power from renewable energy sources; its health benefit coverage; public transit subsidies; and paid time-off allowance for volunteer work.”These awards highlight HOK’s commitment to nurturing a supportive culture committed to creativity, excellence, client service, the environment, communities and people,” said Lui Mancinelli, Managing Principal for HOK in Canada. “They are a reflection of the quality of our people and the results we achieve for our clients. Delivering on our mission to create well designed, sustainable environments that inspire people begins with making our own workspace and work experience the best it can be for our employees.” HOK’s philosophy is that employee health and wellness, productivity, and retention are improved by providing them a green workplace. HOK’s Workplace Solutions team works with local and international clients to demonstrate the value of sustainably-designed workplaces and uses its own studio as an example. The results are evident, since year-to-date, HOK’s employee retention rate is seven per cent above the industry standard.