SOURCE: Soap Box Innovations

April 22, 2016 08:00 ET

SoapBox Receives Top Honour From Great Place to Work®

Toronto Startup Recognized as the Best Workplace in Canada on Its Inaugural Small Business List

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - April 22, 2016) -  SoapBox, makers of employee idea management software for enterprises and departments, was awarded the top prize by Great Place to Work® in its first-ever Small Business category (25-49 employees) during a ceremony held at Metro Toronto Convention Centre on April 21.

SoapBox was acknowledged by Great Place to Work® for its high-trust, high-performance workplace culture -- a culture that is anchored on constant feedback between front line employees and leadership on how to grow business, better the product, and improve company processes. Leadership gives employees a voice in the overall direction of the company by using its own software platform, SoapBox -- a software platform that flattens organizations so they can move faster.

"Being named the best workplace in Canada by Great Place to Work is incredible," says Brennan McEachran, CEO & Co-founder of SoapBox. "I am very proud of the company we've built. Since our first days in the Ryerson DMZ, we believed that culture and happy employees were the key to keeping our customers happy and growing our business."

SoapBox, located in the heart of downtown Toronto, is home to 29 full-time employees and two full-time dogs. As a startup focused on success, everyone buys into contributing to low-cost ideas for having fun at work. From bi-weekly rituals like "Demo Day" where everyone gets together over a beer to show off the work they've completed in the previous two weeks, to a summer team-building retreat in Algonquin Provincial Park that included a now legendary "roast and toast" around the campfire.

"We may not spend a lot on fancy swag or perks, but we all take ownership of our culture," adds Olivia Truong, Designer at SoapBox. "Everyone pitches in to build the culture, have fun, and create a great company. And that's an awesome perk you can't buy."

"We put a lot of effort into articulating our values and making sure we operate within them everyday," Brennan explains. "People work at SoapBox because they want to take ownership in the success of the company and build something great. That, and everyone wants in on our secret handshake."

The list of "Best Workplaces in Canada" is compiled by Great Place to Work® Institute Canada. Two-thirds of the total score comes from a 58-statement survey completed by a random selection of employees. The remaining one-third comes from an in-depth review of the organization's culture, including an evaluation of HR policies and procedures. This offers a rigorous representation of the organization from an employee perspective, and an overall portrait of the workplace culture. Together, they provide crucial data relative to the five trust-building dimensions of a great place to work®: credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie.

This year's list received over 300 nominations and over 60,000 employees participated in the 2016 "Best Workplaces in Canada" survey.

For more information on SoapBox's curated thoughts on high-performance culture, visit: http://belikeastartup.org/

About SoapBox

Founded in 2010 at Ryerson's DMZ, SoapBox makes software that enables companies, departments and teams to collect, manage and act on employee feedback to solve challenges faster and at scale. First, leadership determines which feedback loops are most important to the success of the organization. Next, employees enter their feedback and this gets shared for peer review so that every idea benefits from collaboration. Finally, ideas are routed to the individuals in the best position to evaluate, respond and implement the feedback. This positive feedback loop is transparent for everyone, eliminating the "black hole" that other suggestion systems have become synonymous with. The software is designed to keep this process simple and easy to use, which is a key reason many customers have chosen SoapBox.

Clients include Coca-Cola Canada, BMO, Kijiji, and Viceroy Hotels and Resorts. For more information visit http://soapboxhq.com

About Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. We are a research and consulting firm whose mission is to build a better society by helping companies transform their workplaces. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and employer branding programs, including workplace certification and Best Workplaces lists, Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures.

In Canada, Great Place to Work® produces the annual 100 Best Workplaces list, released in a national feature in the Globe and Mail. This is part of the world's largest annual workplace study, which culminates in a series of national lists in almost 50 countries, including the study's flagship list of 100 Best companies published annually in Fortune magazine. Globally, this survey represents the voices of 11 million employees, including approximately 300,000 from Canada alone. It's what makes this study so credible: the primary determinant used in selecting winners is an employee survey. There's only one way to get on this list -- and that's if your employees put you there.

For more information visit www.greatplacetowork.ca

Contact Information

  • For more information on this announcement or to schedule an interview with a representative from SoapBox, please contact:
    Elana Ziluk
    Growth Marketing Manager, SoapBox
    elana@soapboxhq.com 
    416-317-2633