The winners of the Défi Meilleurs Employeurs 2006 were announced last night at the gala held as part of the conference of the Ordre des CRHA et CRIA du Québec (ORHRI).
The Défi invites Quebec businesses to become better employers and highlights the work of organizations that provide a healthy and stimulating work environment.
This year’s winner in the 500 employees or more category was La Capitale assurances générales Inc. The prizes in the 200 to 499 employees and the 50 to 199 employees categories were awarded to Team Spinelli and Pente des Pays d’en Haut respectively.
Winners were chosen from among the 60 or so organizations participating in this fifth edition of Défi Meilleurs Employeurs by a selection committee made up of well-known business personalities. The winning businesses will be featured in a special issue of Affaires PLUS magazine this month.
“As the workforce ages, skilled workers are becoming increasingly rare. That’s why it’s becoming more and more difficult for organizations to recruit and retain qualified people. The Défi Meilleurs Employeurs is an excellent opportunity for a number of organizations to find out what motivates their employees’ commitment. In this way, it contributes to best practices in human resources management and industrial relations,” explained Florent Francoeur, CHRP, President and CEO of the Ordre.
“The Défi Meilleurs Employeurs is more than a contest. It is a great tool for businesses to improve their human resources management skills. It is also a great way for us to encourage organizations to adopt these best practices. In a word, we wish to promote, through this contest, the well-being of more employees in Quebec and their excellence at work”, said Sylvain Bédard, publisher, business magazines at Transcontinental Media, publisher of Affaires PLUS magazine.
“The Défi is increasing in scope and reaching all economic sectors in Québec. This shows that Quebec companies recognize it as an innovative process that allows them to measure, compare and improve themselves. Actually, it’s when you understand your organization and your employees well that you can progress and aspire to excellence,” said Richard Bougie, Director, Marketing and Business Development, Watson Wyatt Canada.
Complete results of the Défi meilleurs employeurs 2006 are available at www.defimeilleursemployeurs.com.
About Défi Meilleurs Employeurs
The main objective of Défi Meilleurs Employeurs is to encourage Quebec businesses to become better employers through evaluating their efforts based on employee feedback and in comparison with other organizations.
The Défi also evaluates employees’ productive engagement and identifies organizational strengths and weaknesses to allow businesses to adopt the most appropriate tools. Through questionnaires prepared by Watson Wyatt, information is collected on various human resources issues such as the quality of the work environment and leadership, the decision-making process and professional development and training. It is thus in an organization’s best interest to participate regularly to be able to monitor its progress. The Le Défi Meilleurs Employeurs, which is now in its fifth year, was jointly established by Watson Wyatt and Affaires PLUS magazine.
Affaires PLUS magazine is published by Transcontinental Media, the fourth largest print media group in Canada and the leading publisher of consumer magazines. It is also the largest publisher of regional and community newspapers in Quebec and the second largest in Canada.
A subsidiary of Transcontinental group, it also publishes Métro, a free Montreal daily. Through its famous Publi-Sac, it is the Quebec leader in door-to-door advertising distribution.
About Watson Wyatt
Watson Wyatt (NYSE: WW) is the trusted business partner to the world's leading organizations on people and financial issues. The firm’s global services include: managing the cost and effectiveness of employee benefit programs; developing attraction, retention and reward strategies; advising pension plan sponsors and other institutions on optimal investment strategies; providing strategic and financial advice to insurance and financial services companies; and delivering related technology, outsourcing and data services.
Watson Wyatt has 6,000 associates in 30 countries and is located on the Web at www.watsonwyatt.com. In Western Canada, the firm serves clients from Vancouver and Calgary; in Central Canada from Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo; and in Eastern Canada from Montreal. For more information, visit http://www.watsonwyatt.com/canada-english/.