Environics Communications Named No. 2 on the List of Canada's Best Workplaces for the Second Consecutive Year



    TORONTO, April 6 /CNW/ - For the second year in a row, Environics
Communications has earned the No. 2 ranking on the list of Canada's 75 Best
Workplaces. Generated by the Great Place to Work(R) Institute, the 2009 "Best
Workplaces in Canada" list was published today in The Globe and Mail. With a
large increase in entries this year the Best Workplaces list has grown from 50
to 75, accepting submissions from more than 200 companies.
    "We have built a culture where camaraderie and excellence come together.
Team members trust each other, take pride in accomplishments and celebrate our
collective successes," said Bruce MacLellan, president, Environics
Communications. "At the same time as achieving our positive culture, we have
recorded 14 consecutive years of revenue growth. Building a great workplace is
entirely consistent with building a great business."
    In addition to the overall list, Environics Communications has ranked No.
1 on the 2009 list of Canada's Best Workplaces for Women. For an organization
to be eligible for this list at least 50 percent of employees must be women
and at least 50 percent of executive positions must be held by women. Rankings
are determined by the Trust Index(C) score for all women that completed the
survey.

    
    The Great Place to Work model is based on the concept that a great
workplace is measured by the quality of three interconnected relationships
within the work environment:

    -   The relationship between employees and management
    -   The relationship between employees and their jobs/organization
    -   The relationship between employees and other employees
    

    With more than 20 years of experience in the field, the Great Place to
Work's employee survey approach gathers feedback on Canadian companies, which
provides an accurate measurement of relationships and overarching culture.
Environics team members completed the Best Workplaces survey, giving the
company near-perfect marks for friendly environment, training and development,
management trust and openness, celebration of success, community support and
overall fairness, among other criteria.
    Notable programs at Environics include annual profit-sharing for all
employees, company-paid trips on key anniversary dates, an annual company
retreat, generous professional development funding, and a fun, relaxed
culture.
    "We are pleased to be included on this prestigious list of great Canadian
companies and will continue to provide our clients and talented communications
professionals with the best services and programs in the industry," added
MacLellan.
    This list of "Best Workplaces in Canada" is compiled for The Globe and
Mail's Report on Business by the Great Place to Work(R) Institute Canada. The
competition process is based on two criteria: two-thirds of the total score
comes from a 57-statement survey completed by a random selection of employees,
along with their open-ended comments about their organization; the remaining
one-third of the score comes from an in-depth review of the organization's
culture, including an evaluation of HR policies and procedures.
    This offers a rigorous representation of the organization from an
employee perspective, and an overall portrait of the workplace culture.
Together they provide crucial data relative to the five trust-building
dimensions of a great place to work: credibility, respect, fairness, pride,
and camaraderie.

    About Environics Communications

    Founded in 1994 and now with more than 90 staff in the United States and
Canada, and an annual fee income of more than $13-million, Environics
Communications Inc. is a full-service, management-owned public relations
agency focusing primarily on the advanced technology, financial services,
health sciences, association/non-profit, consumer, and sustainability and
clean energy sectors. Ranked No. 2 on the list of the 75 Best Workplaces in
Canada for 2008 and 2009, the firm has also won more than 125 awards for
client work. Environics has a strong commitment to reducing environmental
impact and in June 2008 became the first North American PR agency to be carbon
neutral. The firm's offices are located in Montréal, Toronto, Metro New York
and Washington, D.C.

    The Great Place to Work(R) Institute

    The Great Place to Work(R) Institute, Inc. is a research and management
consultancy based in the U.S. with International Affiliate offices throughout
the world. At the Great Place to Work(R) Institute, we have been listening to
employees and evaluating employers since 1980, to understand what makes a
workplace great. We know that the foundation of every great workplace is trust
between employees and management. Our ongoing research, measurement tools, and
educational services have made us leaders in helping build high-trust
workplaces.





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For further information: or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Stacey Flowers, Environics Communications, (416) 969-2752,
sflowers@environicspr.com

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