The Search is on for the Best Employers in Canada



    Study Provides Insight into How to Deal with Workplace Challenges

    TORONTO, March 7 /CNW/ - No matter how many people an organization
employs, the consistent answer on how to overcome workforce issues is ensuring
employees are engaged in their work and with their employer, according to
Hewitt Associates, the global human resources services company that conducts
the annual Best Employers in Canada study. Hewitt's research continues to show
that organizations with highly engaged employees attract more applicants per
job posting, have lower employee turnover and achieve better business results.
    For the ninth consecutive year, Hewitt is conducting the Best Employers
in Canada study in conjunction with The Globe and Mail's Report on Business
magazine. Any organization that has operated in Canada for at least three
years and has 400 or more permanent employees is eligible to take part in the
study, which includes an employee opinion survey. Once the Best Employers have
been selected, the list will be published in Report on Business and in the
daily newspaper, La Presse, at the end of 2007.
    "Whether organizations are on the journey to becoming a Best Employer or
eager to maintain that status, their participation gives them an opportunity
to learn how they stack up against other employers in the largest, most
comprehensive database of employee opinions in Canada," said Neil Crawford,
leader of Hewitt's Best Employers in Canada study.
    In order to earn a place on the annual list of the 50 Best Employers in
Canada, participating organizations must have a highly engaged workforce - the
right people in the right roles with the right human resources practices to
meet their needs and enable them to do their jobs well. Interested
organizations have until May 31 to register online to participate. All
surveying will be complete by the end of June.
    "Employers that participate will have access to Hewitt's value-added
analysis that will enable them to identify those people practices that can
have the most positive impact on employee engagement at their organization,"
said Crawford.
    Smaller organizations may also achieve recognition as a Best Employer by
participating in the annual Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada study,
conducted by Queen's University's School of Business and Queen's Centre for
Business Venturing in conjunction with Hewitt. Organizations with between 50
and 399 Canadian-based permanent employees are eligible to take part. The list
of the Best Small & Medium Employers will be announced in The Globe and Mail
next January.
    To find out more about the Best Employers in Canada study and to register
online to participate, please visit the Best Employers Web site at
www.hewitt.com/bestemployerscanada. If your organization has between 50 and
399 employees, please register to participate in the Best Small & Medium
Employers in Canada study at www.business.queensu.ca/centres/qcbv/bsme_study.

    About Hewitt Associates

    With more than 65 years of experience, Hewitt Associates (NYSE:   HEW) is
the world's foremost provider of human resources outsourcing and consulting
services. The company consults with more than 2,300 companies and administers
human resources, health care, payroll and retirement programs on behalf of
more than 340 companies to millions of employees and retirees worldwide.
Located in 33 countries, including Canadian offices in Toronto, Montreal,
Vancouver, Calgary and Regina, Hewitt employs approximately 24,000 associates.
For more information, please visit www.hewitt.com.





For further information:

For further information: Marcia McDougall, (416) 225-5001,
marcia.mcdougall@hewitt.com

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