OpenRoad Auto Group has been recognized as one of the best Canadian companies to work for as part of the 50 Best Employers in Canada survey. The annual survey ranked OpenRoad eighth out of 50 top Canadian employers, making this the third time in five years that the B.C.-based automotive retail group has received the prestigious designation.
Conducted by Aon Hewitt, a global firm specializing in human resource solutions, the 2015 list of the country’s 50 best employers was compiled based on responses from nearly 350,000 employees in 259 participating private and public-sector organizations. Sharing the Best Employers in Canada recognition with OpenRoad this year are industry-leading businesses like Cisco Canada, TD Bank Group, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada and WestJet.
The annual survey measures employee engagement based on their levels of commitment and how motivated they are by their company’s leaders, managers, culture and values. The survey also analyses performance in six key categories that influence employee engagement including Employment Brand (the strength of a company’s reputation as an employer); Leadership (which organizations have highly effective senior managers and leaders); Performance (how well an organization manages, recognizes and provides opportunities for employees); The Work (how well an organization equips employees to do their jobs); Company Practices (leadership development, HR practices, etc.) and The Basics (including supporting work/life balance).
Employees at OpenRoad Auto Group reported high levels of engagement in all categories citing examples of specialized programs that support professional development, along with exemplary systems for employee recognition, internal communications and special employee events.
“At OpenRoad, we not only put our customers first but also our employees,” said Christian Chia, president and CEO of OpenRoad Auto Group. “For us, it’s a practice that creates positive, supportive work environments which foster happy, motivated employees who, in turn, are building loyal customer relationships at each one of our dealerships.”
Amy Li, assistant sales manager of OpenRoad’s Richmond Lexus dealership, echoed Chia saying that the auto group has been able to keep its staff happy and engaged over the years. “I am excited and proud to be a part of a progressive organization. OpenRoad has provided me with countless opportunities to advance and grow,” said Li.
OpenRoad Auto Group’s recently opened its newest Porsche retail centre, OpenRoad Porsche Langley.
Altogether, OpenRoad employs about 115 people in Langley, with 30 more hires planned in 2015.
The group also recently announced the acquisition of three Vancouver dealerships, including The BMW Store, MINI Yaletown, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vancouver. In 2015, OpenRoad will also open new Volkswagen, Jaguar and Land Rover dealerships.