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Oct

5

 

We’re proud to announce Premium Canada’s Great Place to Work® certification – awarded after a thorough and independent analysis conducted by Great Place to Work® Institute Canada. This certification is based on direct feedback from employees, provided as part of an extensive and anonymous survey about the workplace experience.

Great Place to Work® partners with organizations to increase profitability and competitive power by developing high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures and leaders. Data shows that organizations with high-trust cultures consistently outperform their competitors and the market as a whole.

As a three-time Top Workplaces ­– St. Louis winner, the Great Place to Work – Canada certification further validates the emphasis Premium places on the employee experience across North America.

Our Culture Team was established in December 2016 with the goal of increasing employee engagement, encouraging transparency throughout the workplace and giving back to the community.

 

Last year, 20 Premium Canada team members joined forces with Habitat for Humanity to renovate a home for a family in need.

 

The Culture Team strives to embody diverse perspectives and opinions. Its members are peer-nominated, rotate annually and represent varied Premium functions and geographies. In 2019, we doubled the team’s size to assist in growing connections between team members across all levels, functions, and locations.

Thank you to all our Canadian team members for making Premium a Great Place to Work! #WeArePremium

Sound like something you want to be a part of? Join our Premium Canada family. Apply today! #PremiumCareers

 

Oct

1

Premium is thrilled to announce Sonya Verheyden as Vice President of Business Development and Customer Success for Premium Canada. In her role, Sonya will spearhead business development activities across Canada by building successful new client engagements and bridging best practices from all of Premium’s geographies and market segments.

With 20 years of experience in global marketing and sales channel leadership roles, Sonya has built and led B2B, B2C and retail programs across North America, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Latin America. Most recently, Sonya led go-to-market efforts for a consumer health tech start-up, driving customer segmentation, acquisition and digital strategy.

When asked, what attracted her to Premium, Sonya said,

“Premium brings experience to the table that other partners only talk about and never deliver. Using technology as a key lever with an in-house development team allows Premium to create custom solutions. When I discovered those key differences, I knew I had to be part of Premium.”

 

 

Sonya went on to explain, “One of Premium’s core beliefs is eclipsing expectations. Premium lives up to this belief every day and clients feel it with every execution. The proof is in the long-lasting relationships Premium has with clients who retain the partnership time and time again.”

Sonya brings to Premium her passion for the evolution of omnichannel retail. For years, brands have struggled with how much focus to put into online retail versus in-store. Propelled by the pandemic, the fight between online and retail has disappeared in terms of prioritization.

This omnichannel trend forces retail organizations to elevate their game. It drives a clear wedge between players that can keep up and those who cannot. In order to stay afloat, companies like Premium must drive seamless experiences through innovation and technology.

Brands have high expectations of agility in the field, transparency with analytics, and cutting-edge technology. The innovation that Premium drives in the US market will empower brands and retailers in Canada to do the same.

Sonya explains, “I get really excited when I see the opportunity to bring tangible, game-changing innovations that truly evolve how brands and retailers are served on the ground in retail.”

Sonya currently resides outside of Toronto with her partner Chris and three kids. Welcome to Premium, Sonya! #PeopleofPremium

Sep

16

 

Working parents, we’re with youThis year has been the most challenging year ever juggling home and work responsibilities – whether you’ve been supporting kids, nieces or nephews, grandkids or puppies! (No seriously.) 

For Kendra, a Merchandiser on Team Walmart, home life became even more challenging when her husband called to say she needed to hurry home because their dog’s water broke.

The struggle has been real, but we made it to September 16, National Working Parents Day! Congratulations to youAnd if you’re one of the friendsneighbors, aunts, uncles, or grandparents pitching in to help another family, thank you!   

Some households found success in keeping things as normal as possible, despite interruptions 24/7. Others decided to throw their old routine out the window and have created a new normal. Across the board, Premium parents made significant lifestyle changes to accommodate work during the pandemic, sometimes without access to childcare. 

Flexibility in our jobs and at home remains crucial. Field Rep Glennda stays home during the day now while her two girls are in school online. When her husband gets home, they swap, and he finishes homework while she goes to work. She says, “It has been an adventure, but we’ve been making it work!”  

Left: Kasey, a Premium field rep and student, has been completing virtual schooling alongside her kids. 
Middle: Leslie, IT Support Manager, created functional learning spaces for her kids that are, “mobile, encourage task-related focus, and let’s be real, limit siblings from bothering one another.”   
Right: Daughter of Jessi, VP of Strategic Accounts. 

 

Overall, we know the #PeopleofPremium to be very creative and resourceful bunch who don’t shy away from a challenge. Here are some of our favorite Premium #ParentHacks – all implemented during COVID-19.  

 

  • Cookies and juice for the little one and a $5 bill for the 15-year-old to babysit in the car while Mama finishes a service order in the store!Nicole, Retail Merchandiser
  • We change our Wi-Fi password weekly, and they cannot get the new password until chores, reading, etc. are done, so no Fortnite is available until then. I have never seen them spring into action on their to do lists!Jessi, VP – Strategic Accounts
  • “I’m teaching my daughter to crawl on the floor underneath the view of my laptop’s camera (when I forget to lock the door).”Chelsea, Recruiter
  • We built homemade weights out of concrete so we can go out in the yard for family workouts in the evening. It’s a great stress relieverand it burns out all of the kids energy. Hooray for early bedtimes!” – Rian, Client Account Coordinator
  • “Along with virtual schooling, we have added school bells with our Amazon Alexa. She also reminds us nightly to work on our memory verse for the week. My kids listen to her better than they listen to me!CarlaWalmart PSP
  • I use a whiteboard to outline set times including breakfast, showers, lunch, breaks outside in nature, and mom and son time when there is no technology around just us. He has the most amazing ideas and is one of the funniest people I know. I’m a single mom and his laughter is my medicine.Laura, Sales & Training Rep
  • I have my 8-year-old son carry pocket hand sanitizer, and on his watch, I have a reminder to sanitize his hands every 2 hours.Enam, District Manager
  • My oldest has been having a hard time going into middle school. We now take a walk every morning right after we drop his brother off and before I start work, and he has to start online classes. It’s helped him to get some energy out first thing in the morning.Vanessa, Recruiter
  • My garage has become a place of refugeI go out there, sit back in a lawn chair, and listen to music. I lock the door from inside the garage so NO ONE can come in and bother me!Wendy, Recruiter

 

Additional resources that #PremiumParents have found helpful include: 

Kathy Risch, VP of Insights & Analytics recommends reading Harvard Business Review’s reader suggestions from around the world and tips to help parents and kids handle stress  

Melissa from the Walmart PSP team lives and breathes by her Google Calendar. Everyone has access to it and can add and edit since we can’t always keep up with the constant changes. Need a ride to school on Wednesday? Is a friend coming over Fridayand you want pizza? Put. It. On. The. Calendar.  

Raquel, a Zone Leader, has become a fan of Walmart’s online grocery. “The app was really easy to use, very convenient, and fast. It allowed me to stick within my budget and do it from the comfort of my home. It minimizes the people in-store and allows for vendors and employees to get their work done. 

Kristin, Recruiter, loves Cosmic Kids Yoga and has found it to be a great way to relax with her familyAdditional favorites from across Premium include GoNoodle, VroomPBS KidsABC Mouse and Ducksters as well as programs like Reflex Learning and Lexia Learning. 

 

Recruiter Kristin enjoys some fresh air with her family.

 

We’re happy Premium continues to growoffering a home to new employees and expanding our work family. 

Christopher, a Client Account Coordinator who started at Premium in August said, “I hadn’t been working for about 4 months and was very concerned about finances. Premium has provided me the flexibility to take care of my family while supporting my daughter with school. My job is challenging and innovative to help satisfy my career aspirations, and I’m looking forward to a vibrant future with Premium. 

With Q4 around the corner, let’s all take a collective deep breath, and remember we’re #InThisTogether. You don’t have to face the challenges alone. Premium offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to all employees. WorkLifeMatters provides guidance for personal issues and information about other concerns that may affect your life.