Employers see link between engagement, business success

First annual competition recognizes 50 most engaged workplaces
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/07/2010

The health-care research industry is very competitive and has an average turnover rate of about eight to 10 per cent, according to Gord Johnston, vice-president of human resources at Bayer in Toronto. But at Bayer, that rate is below three per cent, he said.

A contributing factor to the lower-than-average turnover is Bayer’s focus on employee engagement, said Johnston.

“It’s important to capture the hearts and minds of employees,” he said. “Our success really comes through them.”