Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada again named one of Canada’s Best Workplaces

  Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada again named one of Canada’s Best Workplaces

 Seven-time winner also named a best workplace for women for third year in a

Business Wire

TORONTO -- April 10, 2013

It’s official: the Great Place to Work^® Institute Canada has named
Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada (H+K)  one of the Best Workplaces in Canada –
for the seventh consecutive year. Listed alongside only 100 other companies –
all announced in the Globe and Mail’s special national report today – the firm
was also honoured with a Best Workplaces for Women Award for the third year

For the second year running, H+K is also one of only six organizations to win
in the “Credibility” category, where an organization’s track record of
integrity and consistent communication with staff are key criteria. It
celebrates companies that ask for, respect and respond to employee feedback.

"We know, without question, that our people are the finest public relations
and public affairs practitioners in the country. Creating an environment that
makes people feel engaged, appreciated and motivated to perform has always
been our top priority,” says Mike Coates, chairman and CEO of Hill+Knowlton
Strategies. “This award is special because means that the culture we’ve
created at H+K is one to which our people feel connected.”

Hill+Knowlton Strategies is well-known for its family-friendly, flexible
commitment to work-life balance. In addition to employees’ eligibility to
“buy” or “sell” up to one week of vacation per year, H+K also has a “gift of
time” program that offers an extra half day off before nationwide long
weekends; this results in an additional 3.5 days off each calendar year. Some
offices even offer onsite massage therapy.

There are “H+Kers” who telecommute, allowing them to work from home, while
others work part-time. It’s not unusual for employees to participate in school
carpools or leave early to take elderly parents to doctor’s appointments since
the company trusts that work will get done – even if it’s after 5 p.m.

The company also has a long history of subsidizing health-club memberships
and, after listening to employees’ feedback about the program, updated the
fitness-subsidy initiative: “Employees now have far more choice; they can use
their annual subsidy to offset the cost of personal home-fitness equipment,
cover the costs of team sports or even yoga and dance classes, or use it to
join a health club of their choosing,” explains vice-president of human
resources Paule Bellegarde, who spearheaded the adjustment.

“From national and international transfer opportunities – as far away as Dubai
and Qatar – and modern work spaces to RRSP-matching, maternity leave top-ups
and share options in parent company WPP, H+K is proud to continue offering
benefits that are important to employees and their families,” adds Coates.

Company-funded social functions, Friday afternoon beer carts, one-and-a-half
pro bono days per year for charity work and a new full-service employee
assistance program – which can help employees searching for a nanny or elder
care, and also offers unlimited access to short-term nutrition, psychological,
marital and addiction counselling, among other things – round out some of the
many perks of working at Hill+Knowlton Strategies.

“Great Place to Work® Institute would like to recognize and congratulate
Hill+Knowlton Strategies for its success in creating a great workplace
culture,” says Jose Tolovi Neto, managing partner at Great Place to Work
Institute Canada. “Hill+Knowlton was ranked on our 2013 list because employees
told us they trust management, have pride in their jobs and enjoy the people
with whom they work. We are very proud that H+K is one of very few
organizations that have been recognized as one of the Best Workplaces in
Canada seven years in a row.”

The competition process for “Best Workplaces in Canada” is based on two
criteria: two-thirds of the total score comes from an in-depth survey
completed by a minimum number of employees, along with their open-ended
comments about the organization; the remaining one-third of the score comes
from a review of the organization’s culture, including an evaluation of HR
policies, procedures and benefits. This offers a rigorous representation of
the organization from an employee perspective, and an overall portrait of the
workplace culture.

About the Great Place to Work^® Institute

Great Place to Work® Institute is a global research and management consultancy
with expertise on workplace transformation and a presence in 48 countries
worldwide. Our mission is to improve society by creating better workplaces. We
are best-known for our global Best Workplaces Programme, which we produce in
conjunction with prestigious media partners such as The Globe and Mail, The
Financial Times and Fortune. With more than 5,500 organizations surveyed every
year across the globe, the programme is the world’s largest of its kind. We
believe passionately that any company or organization can become a great place
to work. Our mission is to help you do it.

About Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada

With nine offices across the country, Hill+Knowlton Strategies is a leader in
both public relations and public affairs. The company is the No. 1-rated
strategic communications firm in Canada. It specializes in corporate
communications, public affairs, marketing communications, crisis, energy,
technology, health care, digital communications, financial communications and
transactions. The only communications firm to have earned the Order of
Excellence from Excellence Canada, it is also recognized as one of the 2013
Best Workplaces in Canada. Its parent company, Hill+Knowlton Strategies Inc.,
has 89 offices in 52 countries as well as an extensive associate network and
is a member of WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY), one of the world's largest communications
services groups.


Cameron Gordon
Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada
(416) 413-4573
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