SOURCE: Kenexa


August 30, 2011 07:00 ET

Kenexa Selected to Assess Worldwide Employee Engagement for Norsk Hydro

Single Global Measurement Supports Ongoing Evolution of High Performance Culture

WAYNE, PA--(Marketwire - Aug 30, 2011) - Kenexa (NASDAQ: KNXA), a global provider of business solutions for human resources, announced today that Norsk Hydro, a Norway-based global provider of aluminum with activities throughout the value chain, has selected Kenexa to implement their employee engagement survey. Chosen for their superior global expertise and research-based methodology, Kenexa's employee engagement survey provides a single global measurement for engagement and building a high performance culture.

"Employee engagement has a strong influence on company success, and the level of service delivered to our customers," said Lene Navestad, head of People Development at Norsk Hydro. "We expect the survey results to provide deep insight and -- when combined with Kenexa's unparalleled support and guidance -- allow Hydro to act on the unique drivers of employee engagement for our multi-national culture, and support sustainable behavior change within the organization."

Hydro Monitor, the company's global employee engagement survey, is the company's main method for understanding employee opinions and points of progress, as well as identifying areas for improvement. Hydro considers this survey their most valuable asset in evaluating current processes, and results will be used to support decisions for organizational development worldwide. With more than 23,000 employees operating in 40 different countries, the company partnered with Kenexa to handle data and reports for their complex global structure. Kenexa will administer the first engagement survey during the first quarter of 2012, with the option on two additional surveys to follow in 2014 and 2016.

"Kenexa is a leader in understanding and improving how organizations measure and use employee feedback to drive performance. Through employee engagement surveys, Hydro will have the insight needed to motivate and engage their workforce. By understanding how employees feel about working for the company, Hydro can effectively support behavioral change processes and measure the influence of improvements made worldwide," said Nick Strope, a Director with Kenexa's survey business.

Dr. Jack Wiley, Founder and Director of the Kenexa High Performance Institute, said, "Engagement is a key business driver that has been positively correlated both with employee and organizational performance. In our most recent research, using financial metrics such as Total Shareholder Return (TSR) and Diluted Earnings per Share (DEPS), we've found that organizations with higher levels of engagement outperform those with lower levels of engagement by a factor of five. Simply conducting the right kind of employee engagement survey, with a clear strategic intent, not only provides valuable feedback for future action planning, but can also contribute to higher engagement levels."

Kenexa's employee surveys help improve overall business success, ensure organizational alignment, measure and establish employee engagement and commitment, and reinforce organizational values. Tailored and relevant for new, existing and exiting employees, Kenexa's employee survey services are based on research on employee engagement, effective action planning and behavior change. Available globally and in multiple languages, employee engagement surveys are highly innovative, provide actionable results, and improve the way organizations use data, driving business improvement and overall success.

About Norsk Hydro
Hydro is a global supplier of aluminum with activities throughout the value chain, from bauxite extraction to the production of rolled and extruded aluminum products and building systems. Based in Norway, the 23,000-employee company operates in more than 40 countries. Rooted in a century of experience in renewable energy production, technology development and progressive partnerships, Hydro is committed to strengthening the viability of the customers and communities they serve.

About Kenexa
Kenexa (NASDAQ: KNXA) helps drive HR and business outcomes through its unique combination of technology, content and services. Enabling organizations to optimize their workforces since 1987, Kenexa's integrated talent acquisition and talent management solutions have touched the lives of more than 110 million people. Additional information about Kenexa and its global products and services can be accessed at Follow Kenexa on Twitter: @kenexa.