Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K) announced today it has been certified as a great workplace by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work®. H+K earned this credential based on extensive ratings provided by its U.S. employees in anonymous surveys. A summary of these ratings can be found at http://bit.ly/HKgreat.

“As a consultative business we are only as good as our staff, so we decided to create an environment that would allow us to attract and retain the best talent in the business. I could not be prouder of the way our team has worked together to build this award-winning workplace we call H+K,” said Beth Balsam, president and CEO of H+K U.S. “Whether it’s providing mentoring or contributing ideas to an innovation drive, instituting progressive employee policies including an industry-leading parental leave or publicly celebrating each other’s work, we strive to make our work hours as productive and meaningful as possible.”

One of the hallmarks of the H+K U.S. workplace is H+K Inside and H+K Outside, an approach to work-life blend that centers on a far-reaching set of policy commitments to H+K employees meant to help employees grow, shine and connect inside H+K walls, and to support who they are and what’s important to them outside H+K walls.

H+K Inside covers programs such as training, mentoring, recognizing and rewarding strong performance, and opportunities to explore other offices. H+K Outside elements include fitness reimbursements, telecommuting, sabbaticals and a jump-start on major holidays. One of the most notable is the H+K Outside: Kids commitment, which includes a policy for fully paid parental leave with the birth or adoption of a child of 16 weeks for birth moms, and 10 weeks for all other parents, none of which comes from sick leave or vacation time.

“We applaud Hill+Knowlton Strategies for seeking certification and releasing its employees’ feedback,” said Kim Peters, vice president of Great Place to Work’s Recognition Program. “These ratings measure its capacity to earn its own employees’ trust and create a great workplace – critical metrics that anyone considering working for or doing business with Hill+Knowlton Strategies should take into account as an indicator of high performance.”

“According to our study, 80 percent of Hill Knowlton Strategies employees say it is a great workplace,” says Sarah Lewis-Kulin, Great Place to Work’s Senior Editor.

The Great Place to Work certification is the latest in a series of honors and accolades H+K has achieved over the past year for its workplace, careers and culture. H+K’s commitment to a culture of work-life blend earned the firm the prestigious Work-Life Seal of Distinction from WorldatWork; an In2 SABRE for Most Innovative Agency Initiative and an Americas SABRE for PR Agency Employee Program from The Holmes Report; a North American Excellence Award for Employer Branding and Recruiting; as well as a place among the Top Places to Work in PR from PR News. In addition, H+K’s “Kids” policy, H+K HER women’s executive network and other programs that help empower women earned H+K recognition from PR News as one of the Organizations of the Year for Diversity in PR.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies U.S. employees completed 186 surveys, resulting in a 90 percent confidence level and a margin of error of ± 4.09.###

About Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Inc. is a leading international communications consultancy, providing services to local, multinational and global clients. The firm is headquartered in New York, with more than 80 offices in 50 countries, as well as an extensive associate network. The agency is part of WPP, the world’s largest communications services group. Learn more at www.hkstrategies.com.

About Great Place to Work®

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, including Best Workplaces lists and workplace reviews, Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. In the United States, Great Place to Work® produces the annual Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list and a series of Great Place to Work® Best Workplaces lists including lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity, Small and Medium Companies and over a half dozen different industry lists. Follow Great Place to Work online at www.greatplacetowork.com and on Twitter at @GPTW_US