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SUDBURY, February 13, 2012 – BESTECH has been named in Queen’s University’s School of Business annual list of the 50 Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada for 2012. The innovative firm ranked as number 41 on this year’s list, which appears in the March issue of PROFIT magazine now available on newsstands. This recognition is significant as BESTECH is the only business in the cities of Sudbury and Timmins to receive this award this year.
Employee engagement is used as the standard for determining which organizations are the ‘best’ employers. In this study, feedback is directly received from employees about their workplace and their work experience, which enables the Queen’s University’s School of Business representatives to measure the employees’ level of engagement. The study is conducted with the assistance of Aon Hewitt, the global human resource consulting and outsourcing business of Aon Corporation.
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.
Best Employers research indicates that organizations with high engagement have greater employee retention, decreased absenteeism, better employee health and lower job stress, enhanced customer service, and better business results.
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.
BESTECH celebrated this achievement by hosting two simultaneous press conferences today at 3pm: one took place at the head office on Lorne Street in Sudbury and the other at the Shania Twain Centre in Timmins. MPP Rick Bartolucci was on hand at the Sudbury event and Mayor Tom Laughren was in attendance in Timmins to congratulate company representatives and to present the award. Employees, clients, associates and media joined the celebrations in their respective cities.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have made this year’s list of 50 Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada,” said Marc Boudreau, Co-CEO of BESTECH. “We are committed to making BESTECH a great place to work for our valued employees and the survey results definitely indicate that we are succeeding. Employee engagement and retention are priorities at BESTECH because we know that our continued success and client satisfaction stem from the expertise and professionalism of our employees.”
With offices in Sudbury, Timmins, and Toronto, Ontario, BESTECH is a prominent Canadian firm which specializes in the areas of engineering, automation, software development and environmental monitoring to assist companies in the mining, pulp and paper, forestry, oil and gas, manufacturing, municipal and commercial industries enhance their productivity, profitability and safety. The firm also offers the following groundbreaking products that enable organizations to increase efficiency, reduce energy costs and contribute to productivity: NRG1-ECO™, AQM, PORTAULS® and RopeInspector.
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