The 2009 Best Workplaces in Canada List



    
    This Special National Report is available at greatplacetowork.ca and in
    today's Globe and Mail.
    

    KELOWNA, BC, April 6 /CNW/ - Seventy-five companies ranging in size from
54 to 55,000 employees are being recognized today as the 2009 Best Workplaces
in Canada. The judging panel? Almost 30,000 Canadian employees.

    
    And the winner is...

    1.  Google Canada! (They actually let all their employees dedicate 20% of
        their time to a personal project, which sounds like a smart
        investment since products like gmail originated from this practice.)

    ... the complete listing of winners is available in today's report!
    

    This year, the survey has also selected Canada's Best Workplaces for
Women. This year's winner, Environics Communications, is a company where women
rule (literally) as they represent 80% of the executives. This new special
award is sponsored by Financial Services firm Ernst & Young.
    Organizations on this year's list were all assessed using an employee
survey, the Trust Index(C), developed by global research firm Great Place to
Work(R) Institute (GPTW).
    While there is no single right way to become a great place to work, there
are five trust-building dimensions commonly found in all the best workplaces:
credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie.
    What's so special about these companies?
    Regardless of size, industry or the current economic climate, each of
these organizations has discovered that TRUST is the foundation for quality
jobs and performance excellence. And the good news is that high-trust
relationships require behaviours that can be learned and embedded into any
organization's culture.
    What's more, organizational leaders who develop a high level of TRUST
with their employees see stronger employee performance, which often translates
into stronger company performance. The US version of the survey shows that,
even with this year's economic crisis, while S&P has allowed an average of
1.04% yearly gain, the best companies averaged 6.80%!

    To learn more about these inspiring organizations pick up a copy of
today's Globe and Mail.





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For further information: Great Place to Work(R) Institute Canada, (866)
712-0630, www.greatplacetowork.ca

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