NOW Foods Named as Chicago’s 101 Best & Brightest

Bloomingdale, IL (June 12, 2008) -- NOW Foods has been chosen as one of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. This annual competition is sponsored by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR), and incorporates exhaustive research into the business practices of nominated companies in order to select the winners.

The 101 Best and Brightest Companies awards honor Chicago area companies that recognize employees as their greatest asset. The NABR award description describes the winners as companies that "work with imagination and conviction to create organizational value and business results through their policies and Best Practices in human resource management."

Winners are selected by an independent market research company, which reviews an extensive amount of quantitative and qualitative data, and an independent panel of judges. As part of the process, employees at each nominated company are randomly selected to complete a confidential survey about their work environment.

”NOW's mission, values, culture and leadership include a commitment to be employee focused,” said NOW president Al Powers. “It is gratifying to win this award knowing that an anonymous survey of NOW employees was included as part of the selection process. Every time we receive a major award like this, it is a tribute to each and every NOW Foods staff member for making this an excellent company.”

The following award categories are used as criteria to determine winners:
Communication: The effective exchange of information and the extent to which employees are encouraged to communicate opinions, issues and concerns.

Community Initiatives: The extent to which the organization is committed to improving the local community, while providing the encouragement and time for employees to contribute and participate.

Compensation and Benefits: Salary and benefits relative to comparable organizations, as well as the ability to provide a unique benefits and compensation structure.

Diversity and Multi-Culturalism: Extent to which the organization is open and inclusive to people of differing human qualities and promotes a tolerant work environment.

Employee Education and Development: The organization encourages and supports learning, skill development, and career progression.

Employee Engagement and Commitment: Extent to which employees are meaningfully and personally connected to their work and their organization.

Recognition and Retention: The organization recognizes and rewards achievements and outstanding performance, and works to retain their best and brightest employees.

Recruitment and Selection: Active recruitment using multiple methods and a screening process to select people who best fit the organization.

Work-Life Balance: The organization and management recognize employees’ needs to balance work with family and other demands.

Founded by Elwood Richard in 1968, NOW has grown from a small, family operation, to a highly respected manufacturer of natural health products. Today, NOW manufactures and distributes over 1,500 dietary supplements, natural foods, sports nutrition, and personal care products. NOW’s state of the art manufacturing facility has been GMP certified since 2000, and its quality testing labs are among the best in the industry. The company has over 400 employees and its products are sold in more than 60 countries. Now in their 40th year of business, the company remains family owned and committed to its original mission: providing value in products and services that empower people to lead healthier lives.

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