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2012’s Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada

Toronto, ON (PR) February 08, 2012

Achievers (formerly I Love Rewards), the leader in employee rewards and recognition solutions, was named today as one of the 50 Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada.? Queen’s School of Business conducted the annual study in conjunction with Aon Hewitt.

Aon HewittAon Hewitt is the global leader in human resource consulting and outsourcing 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 29,000 professionals in 90 countries, Aon Hewitt makes the world a better place to work for clients and their employees.

“We use employee engagement as the standard for determining which organizations are the best’ employers,” said Einar Westerlund, Director of Project Development at the Queen’s Centre for Business Venturing, part of the Queen’s School of Business. “In this study, feedback comes directly from employees about their workplace and their work experience and enables us to measure how engaged they are.”

According to Aon Hewitt’s definition, employees are engaged when they “say, stay and strive”: they speak positively about the organization to others, are committed to remaining with their current employer, and are motivated by their organizations’ leaders, managers, culture and values to go “above and beyond” to contribute to business success. The average engagement score for this year’s 50 Best Small & Medium Employers was 83 per cent; other participants in the study had an average score of 61 per cent.

“To be named one of 2012’s Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada for the second year in a row is an incredible feat, and speaks to our high level of employee engagement,” said Razor Suleman, Founder and Chief Evangelist, Achievers. “Achievers is committed to fostering a Culture of Recognition where its employees love coming to work because they know how their work contributes to the company’s corporate goals.? Our values are engrained in our culture – celebrating success is one of those values, and this is certainly reason to celebrate.”

To be eligible to participate in the Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada study, organizations must have been in business in Canada for at least three years and have between 50 and 399 permanent, Canadian-based employees. Employers with 400 or more employees may take part in the companion Best Employers in Canada study. A total of 261 organizations participated in the two 2012 studies.