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Brunswick wins workplace award

Brunswick Corp. today announced that it was recently honored with the WorkforceChicago Award for 2012, which highlights companies with "exemplary employee learning and development practices."

Brunswick was chosen in the major company category. In conferring the distinction, WorkforceChicago commended "Brunswick's comprehensive commitment to maintaining and growing the skills and education of your workforce," the company announced in a statement.

Created in 2000 by former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, WorkforceChicago aims to position the Chicago region as the leading talent pool in the country and to build a regional commitment to employee learning and development. The organization was developed by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning in collaboration with the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago and World Business Chicago.

Its objective is to recognize, share and promote exemplary learning strategies. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has remained squarely behind this effort, and he appeared via a pre-recorded video address during the awards ceremony. Allstate Insurance, GE Capital, Deloitte, IBM and Northwestern Memorial Hospital are among the previous winners.

"It is an honor in which the company, our human resources function that spearheads many of our efforts in this area and all of us at Brunswick share and should take pride in," Brunswick CEO Dustan E. McCoy said in a statement.

"For we believe that learning is a lifelong process, whether it is in a formal setting, such as continuing education or training, on-the-job or by one's own efforts to advance their knowledge and to keep abreast of new developments. At Brunswick, we also believe that learning is essential to the company's performance and competitiveness."

In presenting the award, WorkforceChicago acknowledged several efforts Brunswick pursued, either throughout the company or as select programs geared to specific needs and locations.

For example:

• Brunswick University was launched in April 2012 and, in just a few months, 50 percent of the leadership is already participating in the online learning library and assigning to their team members courses on management, leadership development, strategy, communication, conflict resolution and more. This online platform allows Brunswick's workforce to learn together through webinars and web courses.

• The Financial Leadership Development Program, a three-year program that exposes finance department staff to all different areas of the company.

Brunswick also offers tuition reimbursement to full-time employees, and some employees are even receiving credit for past learning through a new pilot program called the Brunswick Excel Degree Acceleration Program, which is being implemented at Mercury Marine and is carried out in partnership with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.

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