HR.com Partners with the Tampa Tribune to Bring Employers of Excellence Program to Local Employers

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Comprehensive, regional annual program will provide scorecards and comparative data for companies committed to measuring the effectiveness of their Human Capital.

HR.com Partners with the Tampa Tribune to Bring Employers of Excellence Program to Local Employers.

Comprehensive, regional annual program will provide scorecards and comparative data for companies committed to measuring the effectiveness of their Human Capital.

May 17, 2005 Aurora, ON. HR.com™, the largest research and Web destination for HR Executives, today announced that they have formed a partnership with the Tampa Tribune to launch the Employers of Excellence Program. The Employers of Excellence Program is an Employer Productivity and Improvement Program based on benchmark data, research and peer-to-peer collaboration.

The partnership will also include the following:

A co-branded portal driving local content, best practices and research to the desktops of local employers in their respective markets, and a series of online webcasts that will help HR professionals share best practices and learn about leading-edge opportunities.

At the conclusion of the program, the Tampa Tribune will publish the results, acknowledging whom the overall winners are in the various categories, in a special supplement running September 2005. In addition, an Employers of Excellence conference and awards dinner will be held the following week to honor all the winners.

Debbie McGrath, CEO of HR.com, says, "A major media partner is critical to ensuring the success of our program. The Tampa Tribune is highly respected and helps spread the word of the successes of local employers, who are demonstrating exemplary HR practices."

In addition, HR.com has teamed up with the following partners who bring in-depth expertise in the Employer of Excellence program design:

Bernard Hodes Group – Recognized provider of world-class diversity training and resources

eePulse – Expert in measuring and optimizing employee energy levels in organizations

EMERGE International – Provider of comprehensive cultural assessment and improvement resources

Saratoga PwC – Leader in HR and workforce measurement and score carding

"We are excited about joining HR.com in this new venture," says Gregory Aarons, Recruitment Manager of the Tampa Tribune. "We have a great deal of respect for local businesses and look forward to being able to acknowledge the truly best of the best on an annual basis."

HR.com will also be announcing local media partners in an additional 7-12 major markets in the near future. Debbie McGrath is available for interviews upon requests. Interested parties can contact dimboden@hr.com.

About HR.com

Established in 1999, HR.com is in business to help build great companies by connecting them to the knowledge and resources they need to effectively manage the people side of business. As the global authority, we deliver HR Best Practices to help organizations build great companies through community, collaboration, research, shared best practices, and measurements. HR.com is funded by the leading venture capital firm Ventures West and private investors.

Contact:

Debbie Imboden, HR.com

dimboden@hr.com

1-877-472-6648, ext. 116

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