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Bersin & Associates Named a 2011 Top Small Company Workplace by Inc. Magazine and Winning Workplaces 

Oakland, CA – May 23, 2011 –  Bersin & Associates, the premier research and consulting firm empowering HR organizations to drive bottom-line impact, today announced it has been recognized by Inc. magazine and Winning Workplaces as a winner of the 2011 Top Small Company Workplaces competition - an annual contest that recognizes the nation’s best small and mid-sized company work environments - in Inc.’s June issue. The magazine features the 50 winners, which include a diverse array of organizations.

Every year since 2003, Winning Workplaces, an Evanston, IL-based nonprofit organization, has recognized those firms that attribute much of their business success to their commitment to exemplary people practices and outstanding workplace cultures.

Bersin & Associates has consistently delivered a Compound Annual Growth Rate of more than 40 percent for the past three years. In the past year alone, the research firm’s staff has grown more than 40 percent. Two-thirds of its employees work virtually and are distributed across 16 different states. The company also prides itself on hiring the right people, wherever they are located.

“Our business results demonstrate that we live by the research and counsel we provide other organizations: to grow and succeed, you need to invest in developing your employees and your company’s culture,” said Josh Bersin, chief executive officer and president, Bersin & Associates. “It’s a testament to our commitment to employee development that even as we have grown quickly, we remain an agile and effective virtual workplace. Within the past year, we enabled 20 percent of our people to move into different roles, promoting from within whenever possible, and our retention rate has been high. Clearly, a winning workplace delivers results for its people as well as for the business.”

Winning Workplaces and Inc. received nearly 350 completed applications for the contest. A national panel of experts in leadership and small to mid-sized business judged the finalists. Selections were based on specific metrics and qualitative assessments of the finalists’ success in creating the kind of workplaces that engage employees and deliver bottom-line results.

“This year’s winning firms distinguish themselves in so many ways,” asserts Ken Lehman, chairman of Winning Workplaces. “They are steadily growing their revenues, often outperforming their industries; have identified niches where they add unmatched value; and are guided by strong missions and values. And, they make no secret of the fact that a key driver behind their success is their engaged and committed workforces.”

“These firms represent some of the finest privately held companies in the world,” states Bob LaPointe, president of Inc. “Their stories, appearing in the June issue of Inc.,clearly demonstrate that taking an innovative approach to creating the right culture—one in which human capital is embedded in a company’s value proposition—can create real competitive leadership. Each of these Top Small Company Workplaces offers an environment in which people flourish and, as a result, profit follows.”

Those interested in learning more about Bersin & Associates and its WhatWorks® membership may email info@bersin.com or call (510) 251-4400.

For media queries, email laura.evenson@bersin.com or call (415) 465-2711.

About Bersin & Associates

Bersin & Associates empowers HR and learning organizations to drive bottom-line impact through world-class research and consulting. The company's WhatWorks® membership gives human resources, learning, and talent acquisition professionals the information and tools they need to drive change in their organizations as strategic business partners.

Bersin & Associates members use our insights and tools to benchmark themselves against best practices, design and implement programs across the HR and learning spectrum and select and implement systems.  More than 5,000 organizations worldwide, including more than half of the Fortune 100, use Bersin & Associates research and consulting to guide their learning, talent, and human resources strategies.