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Blue Care Network of Michigan Named a Great Workplace by Gallup, MBPA

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 General News J E 4
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SOUTHFIELD, Mich., May 12 Two organizations that look forexceptional workplaces are shining a spotlight on Blue Care Network ofMichigan.

BCN is one of 20 companies worldwide receiving the 2008 Gallup GreatWorkplace Award on Wednesday, May 14 in Omaha, Neb. This is the second year ina row BCN has earned the annual award. On May 1, BCN was saluted by theMichigan Business and Professional Association as one of the "101 Best andBrightest Companies to Work For" in West Michigan, an honor the company alsoreceived last fall in Metro Detroit.

BCN, the HMO affiliate of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, has 1,388employees across the state. Based in Southfield, BCN also has offices in AnnArbor, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Portage, Saginaw and Traverse City.

"To be competitive we need an engaged work force -- employees who liketheir jobs and accept personal responsibility for doing them well," saidJeanne Carlson, BCN president and CEO. "To judge by our recent awards, we'removing in the right direction. I am proud that we have the best employees anycompany could have."

To identify companies with the world's most productive and engagedworkforces, the Gallup management consulting organization compared applicants'results across a workplace research database of millions of work teams in morethan 100 countries. A panel of workplace experts assessed the applicants'results to select the winners.

"The winners of this award have established a new global standard forengaging people," said Tom Rath, who leads Gallup's Workplace and LeadershipConsulting practice. "When compared to the millions of workgroups we havestudied around the world, the awardees have worked tirelessly to create anenvironment that values people."

MBPA, one of the state's largest business associations, annually honorsoutstanding companies for creating the best human resource initiatives foremployees.

"The companies we are recognizing this year are an example of exceptionalhuman resource practices and represent high standards in today's economicclimate," said Jennifer Kluge, MBPA chief operating officer and a veteranhuman resources manager.

About Blue Care Network of Michigan

Blue Care Network of Michigan and its subsidiaries have 648,000 members.Blue Care Network features award-winning disease management programs and thelargest HMO network of physicians and hospitals in the state, with more than4,000 primary care physicians, 10,100 specialists and 130 hospitals. Blue CareNetwork, a nonprofit corporation, is the affiliated HMO of Blue Cross BlueShield of Michigan and an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and BlueShield Association. For further information, visit MiBCN.com .

About Gallup

Gallup has studied human nature and behaviors for more than 70 years.Gallup's reputation for delivering relevant, timely, and visionary research onwhat people around the word think and feel is the cornerstone of theorganization. Gallup employs many of the world's leading scientists inmanagement, economics, psychology, and sociology, and its consultants assistleaders in identifying and monitoring behavioral economic indicatorsworldwide. Gallup consultants also help organizations boost organic growth byincreasing customer engagement and maximizing employee productivity throughmeasurement tools, coursework, and strategic advisory services. Gallup's 2,000professionals deliver services at client organizations, through the Web, atGallup University's campuses, and in 40 offices around the world. Informationabout the Gallup Great Workplace Award is atgallup.com/consulting/25312/Gallup-Great-Workplace-Award.aspx .

About MBPA

Based in Warren, Mich., MBPA is the largest business organization of smallto medium-sized businesses in Michigan, representing more than 20,000 memberswho employ over 160,000 persons. Member businesses re
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