Dec 28, 2007
GUELPH, ON, Dec. 28 /CNW/ - The 2008 "50 Best Employers in Canada" list was published today by international human resources firm Hewitt Associates, and for the fifth consecutive year it includes representation from The Co-operators group of companies. The Co-operators, based in Guelph, Ontario, is ranked at No. 13 up from No. 20 last year, and subsidiary L'UNION CANADIENNE of Sillery, Quebec is ranked No. 39. The list is published in the January edition of the Globe and Mail's Report on Business magazine. The list is compiled annually by Hewitt Associates, using results of confidential employee surveys. The surveys gauge "employee engagement," which the firm describes as a measurement of employees' willingness to speak positively about their employer; their desire to work there; and the extra effort they are willing to exert to ensure the success of the company. Employers with high engagement scores are better able to attract and retain employees, and their staff members are committed to achieving corporate goals. "This list is important to us because the rankings are based largely on feedback from employees. Our rankings demonstrate that our staff members embrace the organization's values and are proud to work for The Co-operators group of companies," said Kathy Bardswick, president and CEO of The Co-operators. "As an organization we try to support our staff not just as employees, but as people with families and responsibilities outside of work. At the same time, we make every effort to challenge our employees and provide real opportunities for growth and development." Based in Guelph, Ontario, The Co-operators is a group of Canadian companies offering a full range of insurance protection and financial security products. Owned by a group of Canadian co-operatives, credit unions and like-minded organizations, the group of companies has assets exceeding $7 billion. A member of the Imagine group of companies, The Co-operators is well known for its philanthropy and community involvement.
For further information: Leonard Sharman, The Co-operators, 1-877-795-7272, ext. 2707