COMPETITION WATCH: CPX named one of best workplaces in country

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SURREY, B.C. — Coastal Pacific Xpress (CPX) has been selected as one of the best workplaces in Canada for 2011 by Great Place to Work Institute Canada.

CPX was selected for inclusion on the Best Workplaces in Canada list, published in a special national report of The Globe and Mail. This is its third appearance on the Best Workplace in Canada list, having been listed in 2007 and 2008 as well. The company was the only long-haul trucking firm on the list this year.

CPX co-owners Jim Mickey and Scott McIntosh say the company’s inclusion on the list reflects the efforts of the company to encourage greater health and wellness among its employees.
“While this is not the first time that CPx has been recognized as a Best Workplace in Canada, given the many challenges faced by our industry in recent years, being singled out this year is particularly significant for the company and its employees,” Mickey said.
McIntosh said he was honoured by the recognition of the company’s commitment to the health and well being of its employees through such programs as its “FLEX Benefits” program.
As part of the program, employees receive – along with health, dental, life and other benefits – an annual allotment of money at the start of each fiscal year for use as a “flexible benefits” account. Employees can choose how to use these funds based on their own needs and circumstances. Options include putting the funds towards health-oriented items such as gym memberships, health spending and wellness days along with Registered Retirement Savings Plan and Tax-Free Savings Account contributions.    

“We felt it was important to focus on the health of our employees in an industry in which research indicates the average life span of a driver is 61 years of age,” added McIntosh. “The stressful times this industry has gone through in recent years make health and wellness an even more significant priority for us.”

CPX officials say the company is also the first Canadian trucking firm and first Canadian company to invest in kiosks that track its drivers’ vital statistics to help them identify and deal with health problems in order to improve their overall health.

CPX said it was a testament to its employees to have been included on this list during an extremely difficult economic environment. Kevin Johnson, director of governance and compliance at CPX, noted: “Our employees supported management and helped to get through the tough times. For that commitment, we are grateful.”

This year’s list received more than 230 nominations, with nearly 44,000 employees participating in the survey.

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