People Report and sister company Black Box Intelligence announced the winners of the 2011 Best Practices awards, presented in front of 250 restaurant executives at the annual Best Practices Conference. The winners represent best in class for their human capital practices in their segment in the dining industry. The winners are McDonald’s, Eat’n Park Restaurants, Logan’s Roadhouse, and The Cheesecake Factory.

The Catalyst award, which is given to the People Report member that outpaces the industry norms and significantly improves performance in people practices over the prior year, was presented to Chili’s Grill & Bar.

The Heart of the Workplace award is presented to the company that shows exemplary practices in community engagement and corporate responsibility. It was presented to Darden Restaurants.

The winners have risen to the top of a very competitive field that represents more than 100 companies who track, analyze and benchmark their human capital data with People Report. The annual award is given to a company from each segment that shows best people practices in relation to turnover, hourly and management retention, workplace diversity, community engagement, and corporate responsibility.

The following 12 companies were finalists and were recognized for their achievements in creating workplaces that are thriving and making a difference: BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.; California Pizza Kitchen; Capital Grille; The Cheesecake Factory; Corner Bakery Café; Eat’n Park Restaurants; la Madeleine; Logan’s Roadhouse; McDonald’s, Inc.; Monical’s Pizza; Red Lobster; White Castle.

“These companies show that people and profits have a direct correlation,” says Joni Thomas Doolin, founder and CEO of People Report. “They invest in their people and all of our winners have thriving and growing businesses that are best in class. Every one of them believes that the commitment to their people and their communities are key reasons for their success.”

Bill Schaffler, COO and CFO of People Report and Black Box Intelligence, says, “The winners this year are adding staff and showing that investing in your people is a profitable way to do business. We are very proud of the award winners and proud to showcase their successes.”

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