Root Learning Named No. 9 Among Best Small Companies to Work for in America

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Fourth Consecutive Year Root Achieves Recognition for Artful Engagement

Best Small & Medium Companies to Work for in America

Root Learning Inc., a strategic learning company that engages and connects people to create results, today announced that the company has been named one of the 50 "Best Small & Medium Companies to Work for in America" for the fourth consecutive year by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Great Place to Work® Institute (GPTW). Root was named No. 9 among the Best Small Companies to Work for in America on June 23, at SHRM's 60th Annual Conference & Exposition in Chicago, Ill.

The fifth annual list features the top 25 small and top 25 medium-sized companies with exceptional workplace practices and programs that promote high levels of credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie among their employees. The organizations, ranging in size from 50 to 999 employees, were selected by the GPTW and ranked based on the results of a randomly distributed employee survey measuring workforce engagement.

The Root Learning approach to engagement combines consulting, learning, and communication disciplines into a unique creative problem-solving approach. The company connects a strategic engagement process with visual learning tools such as cartoons, sketches, stories, images, pictures, and vignettes to put client strategies and ideas into action. Root uses its own methodology to share information and introduce initiatives within their own company.

"We are honored to be recognized for a fourth year in a row for our commitment to engage employees at every level in an organization and to foster an atmosphere of creativity and business results," said Jim Haudan, chairman, CEO and co-founder of Root Learning. "We have a flat organization where every voice is critical to our business. We value, recognize, celebrate, and hold people accountable for engagement. This award is not only validation that engagement is more than a 'buzzword.' It's not only a value of our organization, but a key ingredient to our future growth."

About the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
SHRM is the world's largest association devoted to human resource management. Its mission is to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the human resource profession by promoting HR's essential, strategic role in organizations' success. Founded in 1948, SHRM represents more than 235,000 individual members in over 120 countries, and has a network of more than 575 affiliated chapters in the United States, as well as offices in China and India. Visit SHRM online at

About Great Place to Work® Institute, Inc.
Dedicated for 26 years to "building a better society by helping companies transform their workplaces," the Great Place to Work Institute® is a global research and consulting firm headquartered in San Francisco, with more than 30 affiliates in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Oceana. The institute uses its Trust Index© employee survey and Culture Audit© to produce the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work for® list and the "Best Small & Medium Companies to Work for in America" published by SHRM in HR Magazine, in addition to best companies lists in over 30 countries. The institute recognizes the world's best workplaces and provides conferences, workshops and advisory and consulting services to those who seek to create great workplaces of their own. For more information, visit

About Root Learning
Root Learning is a learning company that connects and engages people to create results. Root Learning has helped more than 400 organizations worldwide to address complex strategic issues by combining consulting, learning and communication disciplines into a unique creative problem-solving approach. Root's CEO, Jim Haudan, has written a book, The Art of Engagement, that explores how employees become engaged and offers tactics for increasing engagement in any company. The book, published by McGraw Hill, will be available in August 2008. For more on The Art of Engagement visit Headquartered in Sylvania, Ohio, Root Learning has satellite locations in Chicago and London. For more about Root Learning, visit

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