Hewitt Associates, a global human resources services company, today announced the results of its annual Best Employers Study for Central and Eastern Europe sponsored by The Wall Street Journal Europe.

The study, which surveyed about 160,000 employees and 4,000 C-suite leaders in 11 countries, shows that Best Employers are already taking practical steps break the spiral of falling motivation amongst employees, process triggered by the current economic downturn.

Hewitt research found that 31% participants reported a decrease in employee engagement, compared to just 15% in previous years.

Employee engagement is dramatically endangered in an economic downturn - just when companies need their employees to be most productive.

The good news is that this can be prevented. Findings from Hewitt’s latest research have confirmed some practical steps that Best Employers are already taking to improve engagement and regain employees’ commitment and trust” said Rita Veres, leader of Hewitt Associates’ engagement practice in Europe.

In the small and medium scale company category of Best Employers Study 2008/09 CEE, Turkey’s Ceva Logistics took the top spot while in the large scale company category, this year’s No1 was Ritz Carlton.

Five companies received special recognition for demonstrating excellence as Best Employers regionally, as they were awarded Best Employer title in at least three countries. These companies are Microsoft, Hilti, DHL, McDonald’s and GlaxoSmithKline.



Small and medium sized company category Large scale company category

RANK COMPANY COUNTRY INDUSTRY RANK COMPANY COUNTRY INDUSTRY
1. The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul Turkey Hospitality 1. Ceva Logistics Turkey Logistics
2. Abbott Slovak Republic Slovakia Innovation-driven health care 2. Avendi Bulgaria Marketing and Distribution of FMCG
3. Quintiles Hungary Hungary Clinical research 3. McDonald's Russia Russia Food Service Retailer/Quick Service Restaurants
4. Adobe Romania Romania IT 4. Quintiles Poland Poland Clinical research
5. Syngenta Romania Romania Materials/Chemicals 5. McDonald's Romania Romania Food Service Retailer/Quick Service Restaurants
6. Miklos Radnoti Primary School Hungary Education 6. ZPC Mieszko Poland FMCG
7. Wrigley Hungary Ltd. Hungary FMCG 7. Pramerica Poland Finance and Insurance
8. EMC Computer Systems Poland Poland IT 8. GlaxoSmithKline (Hungary)/Pharma division Hungary Pharmaceuticals
9. Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii Romania Legal consultancy 9. MARS Sales Hungary FMCG
10. ComAp Czech Republic Electro technical industry 10. Mirgorod Plant of Mineral Water Ukraine Production of mineral waters
11. Toyota Katowice Poland Motorisation 11. McDonald's Bulgaria Bulgaria Food Service Retailer/Quick Service Restaurants
12. Starcom Poland Media and Advertising 12. Microsoft Hungary Hungary IT
13. Johnson & Johnson M&D sector Hungary Healthcare 13. Mediaedge:cia Hungary Hungary Media
14. LLC "Mary Kay (Ukraine) Limited" Ukraine Direct Sales 14. DHL Express Turkey Turkey Transportation and Logistics
15 EKOPLON Poland Production 15. Microsoft Russia Russia IT