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What’s it like to work with Nalcor Energy and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro?

Nalcor Energy is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment, that recognizes and supports the wellness of its employees.

Not just work/life balance, but work/happiness
First launched in 2010, Nalcor’s Wellness Program is committed to providing both permanent and temporary employees the opportunity to integrate wellness into their day-to-day lives. The idea is to make small changes in lifestyle, with a focus on physical fitness, exercise and community and family involvement. Healthy people are happy people, and Nalcor is committed to its employees’ overall well-being, and not just from nine to five.

One of our wellness themes is heart health. An online survey — the @liveWellness Navigator Quiz — of Nalcor employees showed that there was a problem with overall physical health, with troubling numbers for blood pressure, blood sugar, body weight, waist circumference, cholesterol, and resting heart rate – all of which could lead to cardiovascular trouble.

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The heart health theme is based on getting our employees to understand these figures, something we’re calling “Know your numbers.” Awareness is a crucial aspect of health, and by knowing what the short and long-term health risks of having “bad” numbers are, people are able to take charge of their individual health rather than feel overwhelmed by it. The program offers a little healthy competition as well: each region is encouraged to get their employees to check their numbers, with prizes going to the areas with best participation.

Building on that momentum, new challenges based on ideas such as getting active and improving fitness will be issued. The different wellness councils in each region have been given the opportunity create their own fitness program. Each region is, of course, different, and each program must speak to not only its employees’ needs but the opportunities for exercise in each area. Not every town has state-of-the-art gym or Pilates classes, so this is another chance for people to get hands-on and take control of their health future.

The program recognizes that each area’s approach to wellness will be unique. That’s why it allocates funds based on specific regional ideas. If a region has an idea it thinks will be a benefit to its employees, there’s money allocated for that to cover it.

The real success of an idea like this is, however, the employees’ willingness to get involved. The overall response so far has been overwhelmingly positive, with well over half of the company’s employees participating. To help foster that kind of commitment, employees get reimbursed up to $150 for buying supplies or equipment to participate in their wellness, with the opportunity to get another hundred dollars more.

It’s been said that little changes can make a big difference, and not just in health. At Nalcor, we know the big difference to our success is our employees and their commitment. The Wellness Program is one way we are happy to commit to you.

Employee Recognition at Nalcor Energy
Nalcor’s employee recognition program is our way of rewarding the excellence our employees bring to their work. Of course, recognition can be informal and quick, such as a simple ‘thank you’, or it can be a bit more structured, such as awards or special events. Here, we’re happy to do both.

Being recognized for achievements and knowing that your contributions matter are a huge part of anyone’s job satisfaction, and this program is designed to acknowledge our employees’ strong commitment to the organization and its values.

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The overall goals of the program are:

  • To recognize exceptional contributions to a team, department, division or to the organization as a whole
  • Be a fair program that reflects our core values
  • Highlight actions that have benefited the organization and showcase employees as role models
  • Recognize that each individual can make a difference
  • Maintain an environment of shared success

The Three-Part Program

Our recognition program provides three different opportunities for acknowledging co-workers and peers: “On-the-Spot” awards, President’s Awards and Service Awards.

On the Spot Awards

The “On the Spot” program is used for day-to-day recognition of employees living our corporate values, and are meant to be delivered at the time of achievement or shortly thereafter.

Corporate Values

Open Communication: Fostering an environment where information moves freely

Accountability: Holding ourselves responsible for our actions and performance.

Safety: Committed to protecting ourselves, our colleagues and our community.

Honesty & Trust: Being sincere in everything we say and do.

Teamwork: Sharing our ideas in an open and supportive manner to achieve excellence.

Respect & Dignity: Appreciating the individuality of others through our words and actions.

Leadership: Empowering individuals to help, guide and inspire others.

Examples of contributions that might be recognized through this award are:

  • Going out of your way to help boost morale or create a positive work environment
  • Helping someone prepare a presentation for the next day
  • Exceeding expectations for a goal or milestone in a long-term collaborative project
  • Reporting an observed safety issue

Service Awards

Celebration of Service

The company annually recognizes employees who have achieved milestone years of service or retirement. This award serves as an acknowledgement of employee commitment and dedication and celebrates the excellence they bring to their work.


The program will:

  1. Congratulate and gratefully acknowledge employees for their dedication
  2. Recognize long-term employee service in a formal manner
  3. Instill a sense of pride and achievement reflecting employee’s service to the organization
  4. Hold recognition events to nurture the great work that is accomplished in every department throughout the organization
  5. Present management’s appreciation and respect for the hard work and dedication of all employees


Employees must have at leastĀ five years of service.


All employees who will reach a tenth and every subsequent fifth year service anniversary thereafter, within the calendar year, will receive a “years of service” memento.

President’s Awards

The President’s Awards are given annually to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in one of the following five categories:


This award is for an individual who:

  • Is a safety leader and role model
  • Always approaches each task, on or off the job, with safety in mind
  • Exhibits safety as a core value
  • Encourages peers to be more safety conscious on and off the job
  • Responds to safety issues immediately
  • Holds himself/herself accountable for the safety of others


This award is for an individual who:

  • Is an environmental leader and role model
  • Encourages peers to be more environmentally conscious, on and off the job
  • Takes action, either individually or within a team, which results in protection of sensitive ecological habitat (e.g. wetlands)
  • Takes responsibility in minimizing waste
  • Works to improve energy efficiency
  • Fosters positive interaction with community environmental initiatives relating to Energy Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (ECNL) business activities
  • Exhibits commitment to the Environmental Policy and Guiding Principles
  • Contributes to opportunities for continual improvement within the environmental management system

Business Excellence

This award is for an individual who:

  • Takes an innovative approach toward meeting business challenges
  • Participates in collaborative problem-solving
  • Approaches problems as learning opportunities
  • Breaks down boundaries and/or creates new relationships in the workplace
  • Takes the initiative to improve the value and efficiency of our services
  • Maintains a consistently high quality of service
  • Anticipates clients’ needs and potential problems
  • Creates new, cost-effective ways for doing business
  • Maintains a high focus on performance


This award is for an individual who:

  • Demonstrates exemplary leadership
  • Provides a sense of purpose and vision to employees
  • Manages and leads change in the workplace
  • Invests time and effort in coaching and/or mentoring
  • Demonstrates a willingness to fill in whenever needed
  • Is reliable, persevering and results-oriented
  • Constantly goes above and beyond to help others
  • Supports and encourages collaboration through teamwork


This award is for an individual who:

  • Builds bridges for individuals or groups to come together for a greater good
  • Supports and/or organizes activities that encourage community-building in and around the workplace
  • Creates and maintains collaborative partnerships with volunteer organizations
  • Exemplifies good citizenship through personal volunteerism
  • Serves as mentor and/or role model to citizens outside the organization