A Win–Win for Employer and Employee

The Neil Squire Society’s Working Together Program has helped bring additional value to Cymax (new window), a Canadian high tech e-commerce furniture company. Cindy Martin, Director of People & Culture at Cymax, has become an advocate of hiring people with disabilities, “I am confident this is the beginning of a long business partnership between Cymax and the Neil Squire Society.”

Pictured L to R: Cindy Martin, Director of People & Culture at Cymax; Gary Birch, Executive Director of the Neil Squire Society; Sherri, Online Merchandising Associate at Cymax; Chad Leaman, Director of Development at the Neil Squire Society.At the beginning of the hiring process, Cymax made it clear that the company’s mandate was to only hire the best candidate for the job. Cymax recently hired Sherri through the Society’s Working Together Program, who is now working as an Online Merchandising Associate. Sherri experiences back pain which increases with stress, but the skills Sherri offered to contribute to the workforce far outweighed her one barrier.

Sherri is a happy employee working at Cymax and is looking forward in growing within the company. “I would like to grow within Cymax. If I can get certificates or training that they need in Cymax, I would like to participate and go through the company. I really like the environment here and the people I am working with.”

Cymax evaluated the collaboration with the Neil Squire Society as a smooth and seamless hiring process. Cindy expresses her delight with her new co-worker, “Sherri has been a wonderful addition to our team. She’s enthusiastic about her work, has excellent quality with minimal errors and also gets involved in some of our work social events as well.  She’s been a great team member! It’s difficult to find enough qualified candidates to meet our recruiting needs.”

Cymax focuses on a person’s ability, not their disability, which is key to tapping into a hidden market of qualified job seekers. “One of the things we are struggling with is finding qualified skilled employees,” says Cindy. “Working with the Neil Squire Society helps us find talented people and fill our business needs.”

Cindy and Sherri recently shared their experience on Roundhouse Radio, listen to the interview here (new window).