Kal Tire gets innovative

Kal Tire earns innovation award from B.C. Human Resources Management Association.

Kal Tire’s innovative management programs have earned the company some recognition from the B.C. Human Resources Management Association.

The Vernon-based firm collected the Award of Excellence: Innovation, which recognizes an individual or team that has successfully implemented an innovative and progressive program to a new or ongoing HR challenge or opportunity.

Kal Tire’s best careers program has helped it keep up with rapid growth over the past five years. Partnering with Harvard University and The Karmichael Group of West Vancouver, they developed a series of management certification programs that were launched in 2008.

The company now has 5,000 employees and 240 store locations in 19 countries. It’s multi-lingual management certification programs led to a pipeline of skilled managers qualified to run their network of stores.

Coupled with a pay-for-knowledge structure, which awards team members on a career track for management, and certified managers with compensation increases, the mentoring store also receives compensation for every manager certified and placed in a new role.

These incentives are meant to create store- and organizational-wide commitment to learning, whether leaders are in Vernon or Mozambique.