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Vancouver, BC - May 21, 2009 - Brian Scudamore, (center)founder and CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK, stands amongst staff during a group rally in the lunchroom of their company offices in downtown Vancouver May 22, 2009. At 10:55 a.m., a large group of employees gather for a daily huddle where they have a seven-minute conversation when they talk about plans and ideas.

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Engagement, which describes employees' passion for their work and commitment to the company's vision, isn't just a buzzword. Taking time to create a fully engaged workforce, where employees go above and beyond their job descriptions, can not only help boost a company's customer relations but also the its bottom line.

"Companies that focus on employee engagement tend to perform better financially, attract and retain the best talent and enjoy improved customer service and client retention," says Razor Suleman, founder and chairman of Achievers, a company that offers social recognition and employee engagement solutions to its clients.

The company recently released its third annual survey of the most engaged companies across the country. A panel of five judges, which included Mr. Suleman, evaluated applicants and selected the winners based on the following eight elements of employee engagement: communication, leadership, culture, rewards and recognition, professional and personal growth, accountability and performance, vision and values and corporate and social responsibility.

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The 50 most engaged companies, listed below (in alphabetical order), will be honoured on Nov. 14 at Arcadian Court in Toronto.

  1. 1-800-GOT-JUNK?
  2. 3M Canada Company
  3. Access Communications Cooperative Limited
  4. Adecco Employment Services
  5. All Weather Windows
  6. Apex Distribution Inc.
  7. Arrow Professional Services
  8. Bayer Inc.
  9. BC Housing
  10. Bruce Power
  11. Ceridian Canada Ltd.
  12. CIBC Mellon
  13. Contingent Workforce Solutions Inc.
  14. Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc.
  15. Edelman Canada
  16. Eli Lilly Canada
  17. Empathica Inc.
  18. Enflick, Inc.
  19. First Canadian Title
  20. FIRMA Foreign Exchange
  21. Flight Centre
  22. G Adventures (formerly Gap Adventures)
  23. Genesis Hospitality
  24. GoodLife Fitness
  25. Haute Culture Consulting Inc.
  26. HR Downloads Inc.
  27. Hydro Ottawa
  28. IQ PARTNERS Inc.
  29. Just Energy Corp
  30. KPMG LLP
  31. Mayhew
  32. MD Physician Services
  33. Meridian
  34. Molson Coors Canada
  35. Monsanto Canada Inc.
  36. NetSuite Canada Inc.
  37. Nurse Next Door
  38. PEER 1 Hosting
  39. peopleCare Inc.
  40. Polar Mobile
  41. PowerStream Inc.
  42. Rogers Communications Inc. - Customer Support
  43. Ryan, ULC
  44. Scotiabank Convention Centre
  45. Siemens Canada
  46. Starwood Hotels & Resorts
  47. TeraGo Networks Inc.
  48. The Johnson Corporation
  49. The Little Potato Company
  50. TribeHR

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