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The Softchoice Blog: Culture

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Culture | October 10, 2019 by Alex Macks
Softchoice’s co-op students are hired for their fresh ideas and wealth of knowledge they bring to our Softchoice teams. Ranjit Singh wrapped up his third consecutive co-op term with Softchoice in Summer 2019. He now works part-time as a .NET Developer while completing his last semester at Sheridan College in the Software Development and Network […]
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Culture | August 15, 2019 by Alex Macks
Currently completing his second co-op term at Softchoice, Robby Middlebrook shares how Softchoice’s company values have led to endless learning opportunities and an engaging work environment.
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Culture | July 5, 2019 by Alex Macks
As an organization that strives towards gender balance, Softchoice took part in a recent weeklong boot camp for women in tech sales in partnership with Talent Minded and The Revenue U.
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Culture | July 5, 2019 by Alex Macks
The Softchoice co-op program enables students to gain hands-on experience across a variety of fields. I recently had the opportunity to talk to one of the co-op students about her experience at Softchoice.
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Culture | April 9, 2019 by Kelly Breedon
Softchoice is very proud to have been named to the Great Place to Work Institute’s first ever list of Best Workplaces for Giving Back. This list recognizes organizations with a strong employee commitment to giving back, and a robust range of programs that support positive change in their communities. Taking care and giving back are […]
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Culture | March 17, 2019 by Victoria Ercolao
Softchoice’s Campus Program involves hiring co-op students from a variety of Universities and Colleges for many areas of the business. Our students are hired for their fresh ideas and in turn, the teams provide the students with real life business experiences that challenge and allow them to make an impact.
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Culture | April 30, 2018 by Kelly Breedon
Over the course of my career as a people leader, I’ve found that a diverse workforce is critical to bringing a corporate purpose and its values to life—for every employee, across every office, every single day. Most would agree that it simply stands to reason that corporations should build a workforce that reflects the diversity […]
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Culture | March 15, 2018 by Pete Morra
Over the past six weeks, Softchoice employees, along with volunteers from Lenovo and VMware, have been visiting underserved schools across North America to surprise students with new classroom technology as part of our Power Up technology grant program. Power Up focuses on breaking down the barriers created by poverty by investing in schools serving low-income […]
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Culture | March 13, 2018 by Softchoice Cares
For two weeks in 2018, the Softchoice Cares Board embarked on an international project to build a computer lab in Cebu, Philippines. Below is a day-by-day recap of their journey and experiences. To read a quick overview of the project, click here. Feb. 26: A rock star’s welcome in Cebu! By: Kathleen D’Sylva Today was […]
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Culture | March 8, 2018 by Pete Morra
Today, fewer than 20% of top leaders across all sectors are women. At Softchoice, we want to change that. For International Women’s Day, our Leading Women Employee Resource Group hosted a virtual discussion panel with female executives for Softchoice employees across North America. Softchoice Vice Presidents Elysia Estee and Lisa Yu were joined by Carolyn […]
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Culture | February 23, 2018 by Kathleen D'Sylva
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Culture | December 6, 2016 by Michael Di Fonzo
There is much the mind thinks about during, and after, the two weeks we spent in rural India on our Softchoice Cares International Project.
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Culture | November 25, 2016 by Josh Bussiere
Dhanyavaad, bhaarat ke Indiya. (“Thank you, people of India”) In the weeks since I’ve returned home from the Softchoice Cares International Project in Rajasthan, India, I’ve come to realize that people are truly amazing.
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Culture | November 14, 2016 by Brodie St. John
At its core, the mission of Softchoice Cares is to support charities that use technology to improve the lives of others. Through the Power to the People (P2P) program, Softchoice employees across North America can raise money and awareness for a cause they are passionate about, and receive matching funds from Softchoice Cares for every […]
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Culture | October 9, 2016 by Softchoice Cares
From Oct. 8-22, 2016, the Softchoice Cares board is volunteering in Rajasthan, India with Jatan Sansthan. The team will be working to update two computer labs that Softchoice Cares built last year, and train locals from the community, particularly kids, on how to use them – among many adventures. Check this blog post for regular […]
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Culture | October 5, 2016 by Michael Di Fonzo
Softchoice Cares has carried out a number of international projects over its 10-year history, including ones in Sri Lanka, Bali, Kenya, Rwanda, and most recently, India.
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Culture | September 22, 2016 by Megan Shuker
A child draws. Another sings. Another swims. Ordinarily there is nothing remarkable about these activities, unless you are at Darling Home for Kids in Milton, Ontario.
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Culture | September 7, 2016 by Victoria Ercolao
If you were to take a quick scan of media coverage this year, you’re bound to notice an increase in coverage on topics related to race, religion, gender and body politics. This should come as no surprise given the world we live in is diversifying.
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Culture | September 7, 2016 by Brittany Pepper
For over 10 years, Softchoice Cares has worked to ‘bridge the digital divide’ in communities across North America and places around the world. We believe that access to technology opens up a world of possibilities for disadvantaged families – particularly children – to learn and develop new skills, and break the cycle of poverty.
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Culture | August 23, 2016 by Joseph Byer
I first met Andray Domise, co-founder of Techsdale, in 2014 when he was running for Toronto City Council, and I volunteered to canvas for his campaign.
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Culture | August 15, 2016 by Pete Morra
(Students’) success or failure in the public schools will determine the entire body of human capital and educational potential that the nation will possess in the future. Without improving the educational support that the nation provides its low income students – students with the largest needs and usually with the least support — the trends […]
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Culture | July 27, 2016 by Majed Rahman
I was born in Bangladesh. I lived most of my early childhood in Kuwait. I then immigrated to Canada when I was 12 years old. Our family struggled upon our arrival in Canada as my dad worked to get himself established and give us the opportunity we needed to live comfortably. It was because of […]
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Culture | July 19, 2016 by Nicolette Tassios
Softchoice has been working with Childhood Cancer Canada on a number of events, one of which was hosted at Softchoice’s Toronto office as part of our first ever, company-wide volunteer day Softchoice Cares Day. It was an opportunity for kids diagnosed with cancer to escape from their hospital surroundings and have fun being exactly that – […]
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Culture | July 8, 2016 by Andrew Caprara
WOW, what a day! This is one of those days that makes me feel so fortunate to be part of an amazing team at Softchoice. Not only do we have a smart, fun, All-Star crew, but we also care. We care about our customers, we care about each other, and today we showed in full […]
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Culture | June 30, 2016 by Bobby Abrams
In June, my colleagues and I from Softchoice’s New York office used one of our allotted volunteer days to support a not-for-profit called Power My Learning. Their organization strikes a chord with us, as they share a very important mission with Softchoice: Help break the cycle of poverty by “bridging the digital divide.”
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Culture | June 9, 2016 by Tammy Pike
May 25, 2016 marked the 6th annual IT4CC fundraising event, where people from the local IT community come together for a common goal – raise funds to improve the lives of children with cancer. Over the last six years, IT4CC has raised more than $639,000 for Childhood Cancer Canada.
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Culture | May 20, 2016 by Victoria Ercolao
Here at Softchoice, we believe technology is a powerful learning tool and a means to a better world. When applied to classroom learning, the use of technology challenges children to think critically and to solve problems in new and innovative ways. It connects them with the most current information and interactive learning programs available, and […]
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Culture | May 5, 2016 by Nicolette Tassios
One Softchoice Territory Sales Rep’s advice for career-seekers on the importance of a supportive workplace, and its role in professional growth and development.
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Culture | May 2, 2016 by Jennifer Greene-Howard
I dedicate my allotted volunteer days at Softchoice to helping others, but three and half years ago my life, and my family’s lives, changed forever.
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Culture | April 1, 2016 by Martin Laanstra
The smell of a freshly waxed floor always brings me back to boot camp. No, not the type designed by some fitness guru, but the real deal. My military baptism – 28 weeks of blood, sweat and tears!
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Culture | March 1, 2016 by Adam Limoges
Two years ago, Softchoice’s Seattle office started to work with a non-profit organization, Year Up.
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Culture | February 17, 2016 by Jen Wood
Six years ago, my friend Scott volunteered at Youth Without Shelter (YWS), an emergency shelter in the Greater Toronto Area. He noticed there was a focus on education and development to enable independence, but realized the cost of transportation stood as a major barrier. Without money, how could residents go to interviews, school, or even […]
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Culture | November 2, 2015 by Nicole Cyhelka
Softchoice Cares recently had the opportunity to sit down for a conversation with Phyllis Novak, the Artistic Director of SKETCH, a Toronto-based organization that engages street-involved youth through the arts. Throughout 2015, numerous Softchoice employees have been raising funds for SKETCH through the company’s Power to the People program. SOFTCHOICE: “Can you tell us about […]
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Culture | April 10, 2015 by Joel Hoidas
The Great Place to Work Institute just named Softchoice to its list of “Best Workplaces in Canada” for the 10th year in a row! We are just one of four organizations to make the list all 10 years it has been in Canada. To celebrate a decade of recognition as one of Canada’s top corporate […]
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Culture | February 19, 2015 by Tammy Pike
“Break the Silence.” “Stop Violence Towards Women.” “Rape is Wrong.” Just a few of the slogans the Softchoice Cares team were asked to paint across the walls of Poprada Village homes. Theese are messages that Jatan is working to bring to all of the villages in the Rajasthan District as part of its larger initiative […]
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Culture | February 18, 2015 by Scott Baldwin
The end of the first work week got off to a rough start for me. The spicy and exotic Indian food that was so great the first few days was now losing its charm. The constant honking and swerving to get to the work site did not make for a pleasant morning. Even the worksite […]
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Culture | February 16, 2015 by Brittany Pepper
Access to knowledge is power. An easy thing to say but a difficult concept to grasp when we in North America live with a device attached to us at all times. We have the power to learn and to explore the world at our fingertips and we often forget how powerful that is – until […]
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Culture | February 15, 2015 by Nick Foster
Glances out the window reveal life in action. A bare-foot and bare-bottomed boy running down an alleyway using a stick to control a rolling bicycle tire. An old man wrapped in many layers of clothing to ward off the morning cold, lighting his morning cigarette. A young girl, maybe 10, carrying a toddler along the […]
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Culture | February 11, 2015 by Angela Cope
Children scare me. Why and when this fear developed, I’m not 100% sure. I do find them cute, and I do care about kids, but the thought of the responsibility to raise a child tends to bring out the fear in me. Therefore, I typically avoid situations that involve being around kids when I can. So when I learned […]
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Culture | February 10, 2015 by Tara Bradbury
I’ve know from a very young age the importance of helping others and making an impact in their lives.  I remember when I was 10 years old, listening to my best friend’s father share his stories of those he had volunteered his time to support in rural Africa – and of those who still needed […]
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Culture | January 22, 2015 by Sharon Beattie
The countdown is on as the Softchoice Cares Board anticipates its departure to Rajasthan, India on February 6th for its next International Project! Softchoice’s employees and our partners support and donate time and money to local causes across North America throughout the year. To spread the orange even further, Softchoice Cares also chooses one organization to help bridge […]
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Culture | August 18, 2014 by Rebecca Lyon
Giving back to the communities we serve is engrained in the Softchoice culture. Beyond the activities of the company’s employee-led philanthropic initiative, Softchoice Cares, all Softchoice employees are offered two paid volunteer days a year to give back to their communities in support of any cause near and dear to their hearts. 
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Culture | July 30, 2014 by Rebecca Lyon
What defines a company’s culture? Is it being allowed to bring your dog to work? Paid volunteer days? Social beer carts? While all of these examples are benefits of working at Softchoice, a huge part of our award-winning corporate culture is our employee recognition programs. One of our biggest, Softchoice President’s Club, rewards the company’s best of […]
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Culture | July 25, 2014 by Rebecca Lyon
“Right now is a great time to be a woman in tech – but there’s not enough women in tech.” –Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, on CNET Whether it’s in the design or manufacture of new technologies, or providing solutions and services around the application of those technologies in the enterprise or consumer market, Marissa […]
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Culture | July 24, 2014 by Rebecca Lyon
Women currently account for just 26% of all tech jobs in the US, which makes recruiting more women into technology a hot topic for many organizations in the industry. With more and more women leaving the industry, as opposed to joining it, how can tech companies attract and retain female employees? Answering this question is not easy, […]
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Culture | June 5, 2014 by Rebecca Lyon
Forty-two years ago on June 5, 1972, the United Nations launched its Environmental Program, UNEP, and the first World Environment Day was born. Back then, laptops were simply a perch for small dogs, and all people ever got from a cloud was rain. What hasn’t changed is UNEP‘s mission to spread environmental awareness and everyone’s responsibility […]
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Culture | May 2, 2014 by Jenn O'Neil
Dynamic corporate cultures depend on an inclusive, cohesive team attitude, which is why one of Softchoice’s core values is “We take care of each other.” This value extends beyond our office walls to our clients, our vendor partners, and the communities we serve.
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Culture | March 27, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
The following is the final post in a series that has run throughout March.
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Culture | March 20, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
The following is the third post in a series of four running every Thursday throughout March. Read the previous posts by clicking here: Part 1 and Part 2.   Softchoice’s corporate giving program, Softchoice Cares, is led by an all employee board.
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Culture | March 18, 2014 by Galen Harris
You’ve heard the slogan “a company is only as good as its best employees,” and it’s true.
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Culture | March 13, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
The following is the second post in a series of four that are running every Thursday throughout March. Read the previous post by clicking here: Part 1. Softchoice’s corporate giving program, Softchoice Cares, is led by an all employee board.
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Culture | March 6, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
The following is the first post in a series of four that will appear every Thursday throughout March. Softchoice’s corporate giving program, Softchoice Cares, is led by an all employee board. Over an 18-month term, the board supports all employee philanthropic programs in the communities across North America, and they plan and execute an international […]
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Culture | February 4, 2014 by Galen Harris
At Softchoice’s annual company-wide Launch event, a number of awards are handed out to top performing teams, individuals and vendor partners from over the previous year.
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Culture | January 16, 2014 by Daneal O'Habib
They’re known by many different names, among them eco-walls, living walls, and vertical gardens. No matter what you call them, green walls are literally a growing trend in office environments.
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Culture | November 19, 2013 by Joel Hoidas
It’s part of the Softchoice culture to find ways to give back. It’s contagious even. A single employee-led fundraiser has the potential to inspire new ideas, new ways to give back, and a greater personal connection to the company’s grassroots charitable efforts.
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Culture | November 13, 2013 by Heather Brown
Employee-led volunteer missions are an integral part of our corporate giving program at Softchoice. They’re an incredible way to develop leadership skills, and they provide a life-changing experience that individuals can share with the company, and their friends and family upon their return. I’ve personally been on two such missions, most recently to Maai Mahiu, […]
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Culture | November 12, 2013 by Daneal O'Habib
Large-scale, corporate-wide initiatives driven from the top down are often the standard approach to fundraising. But more and more companies are choosing to cultivate philanthropic goals and activities by engaging employees at a grassroots level.
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Culture | November 6, 2013 by Jen Wood
Softchoice sends employees on international charitable missions for a number of reasons, among them are to develop leadership skills, experience the impact of giving first hand, and to help bridge the digital divide – providing computers and technology know-how to help children and adults develop new skills and break the cycle of poverty. Some wonder […]
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Culture | September 3, 2013 by Nicole Bernard
While the debate on restricting personal use of Twitter and Facebook during office hours continues, a lot of organizations are missing the conversation on internal social media. Tools such as Yammer, Digsby, and sites created by your company in-house have the potential to positively impact your corporate culture and raise the bar on your business […]
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Culture | August 29, 2013 by Craig Bator
It would be easier to just stay home and send a donation. The thought has crossed the mind of any employee, from any organization, who is planning a charitable international mission. And it’s true. It would be easier. But there are limitations to simply sending aid – and to accomplish what’s simple is never the […]
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Culture | August 25, 2013 by Nicole Bernard
August 26th marks National Dog Day in the United States, a day dedicated to celebrating man’s best friend and the companionship, aid, and unwavering loyalty they bring to their owners. What better way to celebrate our furry-friends than to let them follow us to the office? Not only is it a benefit for puppies (creating opportunities […]
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Culture | June 21, 2013 by Ian Zagrodney
At Softchoice employees receive two days per year to reach out to their local communities, volunteer time, and organize charitable events. Volunteering has not only become a Softchoice corporate passion, but has become an integral part of our values. With the leadership of the Softchoice Cares board (our employee-led philanthropy program),  volunteering and giving back […]
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Culture | June 6, 2013 by Nicole Bernard
Every seven minutes in Canada, one person dies from heart disease and stroke. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in North America. Chances are, you’ve likely been affected by heart disease or stroke, if not directly, then through someone you know. What can we do to eliminate these killers? A good start is to […]
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Culture | May 17, 2013 by Nicole Bernard
Almost 150 years ago, Samuel Morse (yes, the inventor of Morse code), fired off the very first telegraph message between Washington and Baltimore, making him the first to ever achieve instantaneous, long-distance communication. Morse ushered in the era of communication technology that would allow for immediate access to information, better education, and broadened opportunities for […]
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Culture | May 13, 2013 by Joseph Byer
Joseph Byer leading the pack to celebrate Softchoice’s 2012 listing as one of Canada’s Greenest Workplaces by Maclean’s magazine! It’s no secret that in North America, more and more commuters are choosing two wheels instead of four, or giving up their transit pass to avoid the crowded subways and busses. There are many more reasons […]
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Culture | April 22, 2013 by Nicole Bernard
To help reduce their carbon footprint, search-engine giant Google decided to scrap their lawn mowers and rent goats to munch on their lawns instead. Not only are these goats much more environmentally-friendly than lawn mowers, but as Google puts it, “goats are a lot cuter to watch!” Softchoice hasn’t yet progressed to renting goats to […]
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Culture | April 11, 2013 by Nicole Bernard
It’s official! Softchoice has been named a Best Place to Work in Canada by the Great Place to Work Institute for the eighth year in a row! To celebrate, we decided to take a trip down memory-lane and reflect on what has made these past eight years so memorable. What do our employees value most […]
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Culture | March 15, 2013 by Nicole Bernard
How do you get employees to come out and support a local charitable initiative on Toronto’s snowiest day in two years?  Have them take the lead on the cause!  According to the 2011 Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT survey, employee-led volunteer initiatives can significantly improve employee engagement, and subsequently improve productivity.  The activities can create a positive […]
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Culture | February 22, 2013 by Nicole Bernard
The hype of Hollywood Awards season may have passed, but making your employees feel like they’re at the Academy Awards can happen all year long! Every year, Hollywood stars celebrate their achievements from the previous year while we watch in awe.  But beyond the glitz, glamour, fashion and box office revenues, why have these awards become so popular? I […]
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Culture | February 7, 2013 by Nicole Bernard
The first week of February marks International Development Week (IDW) – a time to explore and celebrate the difference volunteers are making around the world. In honor of this year’s event, Softchoice Cares – an employee-led philanthropic program focused on furthering computer literacy – has produced a video documentary of their 2012 trip to Bali. […]
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Culture | December 11, 2012 by Nick Foster
William Wallace, a 13th century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence yelled, “Freedom!” just before he was beheaded for treason. The attempted “merger” of Scotland with England was less than successful because the cultural differences were large enough to cause a war. I have been involved in acquiring four […]
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Culture | November 27, 2012 by Sharon Beattie
Today is International Volunteer Day – declared by the United Nations to thank the many volunteers for their efforts and to increase public awareness on their contribution to society. November 29th also marked the first #GivingTuesday in the US.  This national day of giving marks the start of the annual holiday season, and celebrates and encourages […]
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Culture | November 13, 2012 by Nick Foster
I have worked at Softchoice for more than 18 years and one of the things that has proven to be most elusive is to define the company culture.  Who creates company culture? Where does it come from? I recently had Myrna Ain at AchieveBlue debrief me on my impact on Softchoice Company culture using the Management Impact survey from Human Synergistics. I […]
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Culture | November 7, 2012 by Nick Foster
The day after Christmas 2004 many of us watched in horror as pictures of the Tsunami in South East Asia filled the press. For Softchoice, it was the beginning of a different kind of wave that changed our Brand.  Softchoice today is known for its corporate giving but it wasn’t always this way. As a […]
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Culture | October 12, 2012 by Andrew Fraser
[Softchoice’s Jen Wood raised $1,425.00 to help homeless youth dodge a lifetime of poverty through a  fun game of classic schoolyard dodgeball!] Back in April, the Softchoice Cares Board gave ‘Power 2 the People’ by encouraging employees to nominate a local charity that has impacted their lives. The Softchoice Cares Board allocated a pool of $25,000 to match […]
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Culture | September 21, 2012 by Sharon Beattie
Do you remember a time when you were fulfilled at work? Where you felt like you were “in the zone” and time flew by because you were working on something that fully leveraged your skills and strengths? If you haven’t experienced this in a while (or ever), then it’s a good time to dig deep and […]
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Culture | August 2, 2012 by Madeleine Lee
Savvy organizations know that investing in talent management is essential to a company’s future success. In the war for talent, a great amount of research shows that employee development programs are becoming an increasingly vital weapon to improve employee commitment, business performance and retention. In a recent study conducted by assessment and development consultancy Cubiks, […]
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Culture | June 21, 2012 by Madeleine Lee
Every dog has its day, and on June 22, thousands of canine best friends are accompanying their owners to work for the 14th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day. But at many of North America’s Best Workplaces – including Google, Amazon and Build-A-Bear Workshop – have already unleashed their employees and let them bring their canine […]
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Culture | June 15, 2012 by Jason van Ravenswaay
Softchoice sports event raises money for local charity through a friendly game of football soccer. The 2012 European Football Championship has just begun and already the excitement is contagious! Early this spring, Softchoice had its own soccer championship in Liberty Village, Toronto. More than 150 employees participated in our week-long tournament.  Twenty-seven games were played and more than one […]
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Culture | May 31, 2012 by Madeleine Lee
Encouraging your employees to leave their cars at home improves more than just air quality   In honor of the Toronto Group Commute’s Bike to Work Day and Bike Month, we wanted to spread the word about green commuting. But biking isn’t the only way! Softchoice employees take advantage of anything from carpooling to public […]
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Culture | May 17, 2012 by Madeleine Lee
Your sustainability plan isn’t worth a beaver dam if your employees aren’t engaged in the strategy. This year when Softchoice was named to Canada’s Green 30, I wondered if there was a common thread among the organizations recognized. After reading more about them, I found that their employees’ feedback not only put them on the […]
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Culture | May 8, 2012 by Kaitlan Sidey
Kermit the frog is known for one particularly famous line: “It ain’t easy being green”. This may be the case for Kermit but when it comes to being environmentally ‘green’ – it really can be easy. As a Seneca Green Intern over the past few months, part of my placement was to support Softchoice with sustainability-related initiatives. During this time, I attended […]
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Culture | April 25, 2012 by Kan Choi
Children are inspirational: They are resilient and whatever life throws at them, they take it in stride. They also look towards the future rather than harping on the past. When it comes to team work – whether it’s an IT project, moving dirt and sand, or wall-painting at a construction site – the total is greater than […]
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Culture | April 24, 2012 by Tim Taylor
The building adjacent to our guesthouse in Bali is owned by a local church.  From afar, its majestic columns and polished tile stand in stark contrast to the rice fields that surround most of the island’s interior.  Much like Bali itself though, there are constant reminders that this is purely aesthetic.  Small rodents call this […]
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Culture | April 22, 2012 by Catharine Brar
I stood looking at several mounds of sand; slightly shorter than all 5’8” of me and about five feet round. “We’re supposed to do what?” I asked. I had actually heard right the first time, but I was stalling for time. Just enough time to store up energy for the long day ahead. We were […]
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Culture | April 20, 2012 by Bill McCluskey
The Widhya Asih Foundation is a collection of 7 different orphanages and one office location spread out across the entire island of Bali. Since they are so spread out, we often start our days waking up early for breakfast and then heading out to one of the sites which can be anywhere from 45 minutes to three hours […]
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Culture | April 19, 2012 by James Kessenich
How do you measure if you have a good life, or if you’re happy? If you asked most North American’s that question, their answers would be all across the board.  Perhaps it’s the ability to buy a new car, or graduate from high school or college.  Maybe it’s a new house or that boat you always dreamed […]
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Culture | April 17, 2012 by Jason van Ravenswaay
Bali has a way of wowing you with the beautiful scenery and the facade that you’re exposed to traveling around the countryside. Not everyone seems poor. In fact, poverty is not as in your face as I expected. As we drove down the roads, we saw small, road-side family businesses, service shops for scooters, and stores selling building supplies and wood carvings. […]
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Culture | April 16, 2012 by Hubert Sinniah
If you had to prioritize your list of life’s concerns, where would you place your personal health on that list? For many, it’s most likely somewhere near the top. Unfortunately, for many of the Balinese people, life presents so many other concerns that health usually falls to the bottom. We kept this in mind when […]
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Culture | April 13, 2012 by Karly Pierce
Wednesday night we went to Kuta – a main Bali tourist spot – for a going away dinner for Wayne from Developing World Connections. It was outstanding the difference between here and where we are staying near the orphanage Untal Untal. Immediately everything was more Westernized – lots of nice stores, bars and restaurants.  I now know why […]
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Culture | April 11, 2012 by Eric Gardiner
Behind our guest house the rice paddies go for miles, flowing until they come to a ridge of mountains in the distance. Workers dot the landscape, stooping as they labor. They cut the rice by hand while piles of grass smolder here and there, wafting clouds of smoke that just hang in the air. I’m […]
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Culture | April 5, 2012 by James Shirriff
Many companies give back to their communities using the same approach: decisions are generally made by one team or department managing the company’s overall philanthropic activities. Very few involve employees in deciding where their efforts should be focused or even encourage them to get involved. According to an Imagine Canada survey, in 2009 only 18% […]
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Culture | March 23, 2012 by Angela Cope
When I heard about the Softchoice Cares mission to Bali I was intrigued. The thought of twelve employees going half way around the world to build computer labs for local kids is pretty inspiring and rare. But I was even more amazed by the number of partners who were going out of their way to […]
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Culture | March 21, 2012 by Sharon Beattie
**The following is an excerpt and link to a piece on Communicating CSR that I wrote for Sustainable Brands media outlet… It seems there’s a gap for many organizations in reaping the benefits from their CSR programs. A new Director Notes report called What Board Members Should Know About Communicating CSR, shows that awareness of a company’s CSR […]
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Culture | March 9, 2012 by James Shirriff
Did you know that the first documented recipe for chili dates back to 1519?!?! Since then people have been battling for the best chili bragging rights at cook-offs all over the world! Jason Rand is one of those people. As Softchoice’s very own chili champion for three years straight, Jason secured his title last month […]
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Culture | February 29, 2012 by James Shirriff
Traditions are a valuable way to strengthen families and create lasting memories. Often passed on through generations, many rituals can be quite unique; yet also bridge divides and boost the spirit of a family unit. When it comes to the larger corporate family, traditions are also a fantastic way to drive engagement and strengthen coworker relationships. In fact, Human Resources […]
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Culture | February 17, 2012 by Angela Cope
With January behind us, many of us have gotten back into a regular routine. But does that include the goals you’ve set for yourself (like staying fit) at the start of the year?  People’s commitment to personal goals seems to always drop off by February. In fact, according to a study by Richard Wiseman from the […]
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Culture | January 27, 2012 by Eric Gardiner
When the idea of heading to Bali on a philanthropy mission first came up, most of us balked. As members of the Softchoice Cares Board, we represent Softchoice employees in every decision we make. Telling the company we were going to spend two weeks ‘giving back’ in a tropical paradise sounded like a PR nightmare.
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Culture | December 1, 2011 by Reena Parekh
The Holidays are fast approaching and you know what that means: parties, family gatherings and a list of delectable treats to over indulge in! Lucky for us at Softchoice, we have the convenience of our corporate gym in Toronto to keep us healthy when we fall victim to the Holiday fare! (Our other employees across […]
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Culture | October 31, 2011 by Melissa Alvares
Want to bike to work. but worried about the safety of your bike? Well, today the Liberty Village Business Association released their new Bike Here! program which launches twelve new bicycle racks, and three clusters of secure storage lockers, to make Softchoice’s neighbourhood friendlier to cyclists. The twelve new bicycle racks are far from the ones you […]