About Grade My Boss / FAQ
Grade My Boss is a confidential survey that aims to reveal the conditions of workplaces across BC. By asking workers about the common practices at their job, Grade My Boss puts a spotlight on the working conditions of local businesses. Our ultimate goal is to affect working conditions by working with bosses to improve their survey score by improving the way they treat their workers. We are hopeful that through this project, we can facilitate change by providing an avenue for co-workers with common concerns to collectively deal with workplace issues that often go unaddressed. Our aim is to build relationships with workers, encourage bosses to do better, evaluate current Employment Standards laws, and above all, promote workplace justice.
As just one component of our mission to improve labour rights, Grade My Boss demands financial security, justice, safety, and respect for all working people. How someone feels about their job depends on a lot of factors (whether they like the work itself, enjoy working with their co-workers, derive meaning from their work, etc.). Grade My Boss questions what makes a “good job.” We believe a good job should uphold workers rights and treat workers with fairness and respect.
History of the project
Grade My Boss started as a project through the Retail Action Network (RAN) in Victoria, BC (Lekwungen Territory) in January 2018. After organizing with retail workers to retrieve wages that had been withheld by their bosses, RAN came to realize that more needed to be done to bring attention to the conditions in workplaces across the province. Too often, bosses that stole wages would get away with it from one employee to another. Similarly, workplaces that had better conditions for their workers didn’t have a way to make it known.
Grade My Boss is now growing into its own project after seeing the success of the initial pilot project. Grade My Boss began as a way to support workers, and that original spirit carries through today as we continue to grow this project.
Who is involved / community partners
Grade My Boss is run as a project of the Retail Action Network Society. Learn more about how we’ve developed the survey and how we calculate grades.
We are very grateful for the ongoing support from our community partners that continue to inform the content of Grade My Boss
- United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1518
- Vancouver Island Human Rights Coalition
- Employment Standards Legal Advocacy Society
Get in touch
Want to get in touch to volunteer, ask a question, or send us your feedback? We’d love to hear from you. Send us an email: Hello@GradeMyBoss.com