How do we calculate grades?

We use a simple, thirty-question, true-or-false survey to grade your boss to calculate a grade based on your responses. We aim to make the questions as objective as possible, so that the results are based on the actual conditions and policies at your workplace.

Our Areas Of Focus

Our survey and the results are displayed into 6 different sections:

Getting Paid

This section is about wages, overtime, and deductions. An employer with a high score will likely: pay their staff overtime when it is owed; pay their staff overtime; cover the costs of uniform fees and cleaning; provide proper records for payroll; and doesn’t require their staff to work ‘off the clock’.


This section is about scheduling practices and the structure of shifts. An employer with a high score will likely: post schedules well in advance; schedules time for staff take breaks during a shift; never sends their staff home early without pay; and does not schedule staff ‘on-call’.


This section is about access to benefits, vacation time, and leaves from work. An employer with a high score will likely: allow for the legally required leaves of absence when requested; pay out vacation pay and statutory holiday pay; provide paid sick days; and will have less barriers for staff to access their benefits.

Dignity At Work

This section is about human rights and respectful treatment at work. An employer with a high score will likely: have policies at work that prevent discrimination; have a practice of providing regular performance reviews; not punish workers by withholding their wages; and treat everyone with respect and dignity.

Safety At Work

This section is about health and safety in the workplace and the commitment to respecting the privacy of workers. An employer with a high score will likely: ensure they aren’t snooping their workers’ social media accounts; have policy to ensure workers are not facing unsafe working conditions; provide training so that workers are able to identify and refuse unsafe work; and won’t use surveillance cameras to harass or manage their staff.

Workplace Justice

This section is about ensuring workers are free to organize for improvements at work, and are informed of their rights. An employer with a high score will likely: post the rights of workers in the workplace; listen to workers who are calling for improvements to conditions at work; never give a ‘bad reference’; have a clearly understood disciplinary process; and won’t interfere if the workers want to unionize.

How We Calculate Grades

Grades are posted instantly after our calculation has been completed. All questions are based on a true or false response.

To receive a calculation from Grade My Boss, the worker must have: Been employed at that workplace within the last 12 months Confirmed their email address Answered all of the survey questions

Workplaces are graded by calculating the average result of all responses. We apply an overall grade to the workplace, as well as a grade for each survey section. We do this to give as much detail as we can on each workplace. Here is the formula that we currently use to calculate grades:

Request An Audit

We understand that it is common in many workplaces where the experiences of workers, and the conditions of employment, can vary dramatically from one person to another. This is one reason that the responses can vary for a single workplace. We also know that many businesses don’t have any policy at all, and so the experiences of workers can change depending on the mood of the manager on any given day.

Our survey only contains thirty questions, and so we aren’t able to ask about every detail of the conditions at your workplace. If you are a worker, or an employer, and believe that your workplace grade does not best reflect the actual conditions at your workplace, please contact us to request an audit. You may request an audit by contacting us at

How We Decide On The Questions

The Grade My Boss team updates the survey questions on a regular basis. We update the survey questions to ensure the results reflect how businesses compare, relative to industry best practices, at any given time. We are informed by the industry best practices through the partner organizations that we collaborate with. Through the work of these organizations, we have an understanding of the laws that are most commonly broken by employers, as well as the improvements at the workplace that the workers they represent are fighting to see.

We craft questions that are informed by the latest legislation that sets out standards for non-union workers in British Columbia, Canada. If you are a worker and you feel that your rights have been violated, we suggest that you reach out to one of our partner organizations to request assistance by emailing The current legislation and standards that we look to are:

Want to see the questions that we use in our survey? Take 3 minutes to complete the Grade My Boss survey of your own workplace.