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Purdys Chocolatier named 'Best Employer' in Canada by Aon Hewitt study for 5th time 

VANCOUVER, Nov. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Purdys Chocolatier is thrilled to be named a 'Best Employer' by Aon Hewitt's 2014 annual study. This is the fifth appearance for Purdys on the esteemed, yearly tally of the top 50 employers in Canada. Organizations from across the nation in every sector from retail and hospitality, to construction and engineering are considered for the title. Over 500 Purdys employees were surveyed anonymously on topics such as benefits, management support, leadership development and workplace environment.

"Purdy is thrilled to be recognized as a top employer in Canada," says Peter Higgins, Purdys Chocolatier President and resident Chocolate Scientist. "We are a family-owned, Canadian company and our employees have voted us amongst the best in the country for a fifth time. We are incredibly proud of this accomplishment."

Purdys Chocolatier provides comprehensive resources, benefits, training and support for its employees including:

  • In-house 'Communication in the Workplace' training in conjunction with the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters and Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement.
  • Regular update meetings with all production staff where quality, health and safety, training, good manufacturing processes, productivity progress, feedback, and any other number of issues are discussed.
  • Training to elevate all employees as 'Chocolate Experts' through Purdys' Chocolate University program.
  • A 'Manager on the Bench' program where each sales region identifies and develops Purdys leaders of the future.

The Aon Hewitt study is the only national workplace research of its kind. Additional components of the study include a leadership survey and human resources practices questionnaire. Based on more than 20 years of employee research and HR resources consulting experience, the Best Employers list utilizes academically endorsed methodology to measure engagement, and drivers of engagement, to provide employers with actionable results. The Best Employers study is conducted around the world in multiple countries.

For more information about Purdys Chocolatier, visit www.purdys.com. For more information about Aon Hewitt, visit www.aon.com.

About Purdys Chocolatier
Purdys Chocolatier is passionate about transporting you to an extraordinary, personal chocolate experience. Our inspired Chocolatiers support farmers and growers locally and around the world to source the very best ingredients to create the perfect chocolate moment. Purdys' chocolates are made fresh daily in our Vancouver chocolate factory kitchen with essentials such as ginger from Australia, cashews from India, salt from the Himalayas, chocolate from Belgium, cocoa from Ecuador and Peru and dairy products from local farms. At Purdys we have been creating extraordinary chocolate experiences for Canadians for over 105 years. With original creations like our mascarpone cheese Tiramisu Truffle, you will always find new discoveries alongside your favourites to temp and inspire you. Everyone has a favourite. Every chocolate has a story. For more information, please visit www.purdys.com.

About the Aon Hewitt Best Employers in Canada Study
This year marks the 15th anniversary of our national survey. There were almost 300 Canadian employers surveyed representing a total employee population of approximately 400,000. This study helps organizations accurately assess engagement and identifies strategies to drive engagement higher with more information and insight. Participants have access to the largest Canadian database of employee opinion to benchmark their results within their industry or sector and against Best Employers. 

About Aon Hewitt
Aon Hewitt is the global leader in human resources solutions. The company partners with organizations to solve their most complex benefits, talent and related financial challenges, and improve business performance. Aon Hewitt designs, implements, communicates, and administers a wide range of human capital, retirement, investment management, health care, compensation and talent management strategies. With more than 30,000 professionals in 90 countries, Aon Hewitt makes the world a better place to work for clients and their employees. For more information on Aon Hewitt, please visit www.aonhewitt.com.

SOURCE: Purdy's Chocolates

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