Joining our team: How to prepare for your first day
Welcome to WorkSafeBC! We’re excited to have you join us.
A team that makes a difference
When you join WorkSafeBC, you’re joining a team that’s dedicated to making a difference. We improve workplace health and safety. We support people who are injured at work to recover and return to their normal lives. The work is important and so are the people we do it for.
Our meaningful and challenging work, opportunities to grow and learn, the diversity of our people, and our positive work environment are just some of the reasons we think you’ll enjoy your career here at WorkSafeBC.
The following information will give you an idea of what to expect from your first days with us and what it’s like to work here.
Getting ready for your first day
Before you start work, you’re invited to read through the information in the links below to learn more about us and what you can expect.
On your first day with us, you’ll receive access to our corporate intranet site, WorkSafeBC Network (WSN). Our intranet has more information about our organization, such as how we’re structured, our new and ongoing initiatives, and the benefits available to you as our employee. It also has interesting stories about our work, our employees, and how we make a difference every day. This resource will be invaluable to you in your new role and as you continue your career with us.
Soon after you start, you’ll participate in a comprehensive orientation session to help get you settled in the organization and in your new role. The orientation will include an overview of who we are, why we exist, and how we serve the workers and employers of B.C. You’ll hear from some of our leaders and meet other new employees, which can be a great way to start building connections. You’ll also attend an orientation session for our corporate security program, which will give you the information you’ll need to keep yourself and our organization safe.
As you settle in, you’ll learn about the training you need to be successful in your job and understand how your work and your team contribute to WorkSafeBC’s vision: Safe and healthy workplaces. Compassionate and responsive service.
We have a supportive and inclusive work environment that celebrates our employees’ achievements through our kudos and milestone recognition programs.
In addition to competitive salaries, we offer eligible employees a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
In addition to statutory holidays, staff begin with 15 days of vacation annually. The longer you’re with us, the more vacation time you’ll receive. Management and medical advisor vacation entitlement is calculated differently.
Earned time off
Eligible permanent and temporary employees can choose to work additional time each day to bank extra time off.
Extended health and dental benefits
We provide comprehensive extended health and dental benefits to you and your family.
When you’re sick, quarantined, or otherwise unable to work due to health reasons, you may be eligible for sick leave.
Our pension plan is a defined-benefit plan that provides a monthly lifetime income when you retire. It’s available to all permanent and eligible temporary employees.
Eligible permanent employees can apply to participate in a one-year self-funded leave.
Care and nurturing leave
Eligible permanent employees can request up to five years leave without pay for the care of dependents.
Long term disability
After six months of permanent employment, if you experience a long-term illness or disability, you may be eligible for long term disability benefits.
Permanent employees are automatically covered by our basic life insurance plan.
Permanent employees are automatically covered by our basic accident insurance plan, which provides benefits in the event of accidental dismemberment or death.
Business travel insurance
Business travel accident insurance provides benefits in the event of accidental dismemberment or death that occurs while traveling on WorkSafeBC business.
Employee and Family Assistance Plan
Our Employee and Family Assistance Program provides counselling and information on a variety of topics for you, your spouse, and eligible dependents.
We support continual learning to enhance effectiveness, improve skills, and sustain personal development and job satisfaction. We offer in-house professional development courses throughout the year, in addition to these programs:
Leadership development program
Our leadership development program for current and future leaders focuses on building leadership abilities and confidence to solve business problems and effectively lead teams. It includes formal and informal learning, coaching, mentoring, and other activities aimed at building knowledge and leadership skills.
Permanent employees can apply to receive tuition reimbursement for professional development courses, as well as courses required for a degree, diploma, certificate program, or professional designation related to your job.
In addition to the meaningful work we do every day, our employees also give back further by participating in community activities. Some examples include:
Day of Mourning
Across Canada, April 28 has been designated the Day of Mourning, a time when workers, families, employers, and others come together in remember those who have lost their lives to work-related incidents or occupational diseases.
Every year, we join with the BC Federation of Labour and the Business Council of British Columbia to co-host a public ceremony in Vancouver to honour the occasion. There are also ceremonies in our Richmond office and in many communities across B.C. These ceremonies are held in co-operation with labour, employer, and municipal representatives. They’re a powerful reminder of how important our work is.
North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week
NAOSH Week is an annual, continent-wide event where employers, workers, and all partners in occupational health and safety collaborate to promote injury and illness prevention in the workplace.
Every year, we host or participate in events that celebrate the diversity of our workforce and our local communities. Past activities have included a traditional lion dance, Latin dance classes, a seminar on negotiated treaties in B.C., sharing a personal story of a Holocaust survivor, and a citizenship ceremony.
We lighten our environmental footprint by adopting operational practices to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, divert waste from landfills, and reduce our use of paper. We also encourage and support recycling and commuting via bike, carpooling, and public transit.
Lunch ‘n’ learns
Throughout the year, we offer lunch ’n’ learn sessions on a wide range of topics including disability management, elder care, protecting kids from bullying, fitness basics, and more.
Sun Run teams
Have fun, get in shape, and share the excitement on race day! Join our team and participate
in the annual Vancouver Sun Run, and community and charity runs throughout the province.
Helping Hands is an employee-run charitable group that has raised millions of dollars through fundraising events and employees’ payroll deductions.
If you have any questions or comments, please speak with your manager.