CAI Releases Three Podcasts on Sixth Annual Ovation Award Winners for Human Resource Excellence

Human Resource Management Firm Announces Winners of Awards for Exceptional Workplaces in Small, Midsize and Large Categories and Their Successful Practices

Raleigh, NC, March 02, 2012 --( Bruce Clarke, president and CEO of CAI (, a human resource management firm that helps organizations maximize employee engagement while minimizing employer liability, has announced the release of three podcasts, each spotlighting individual winners of the 2012 CAI Ovation Award for Human Resource Excellence in the small (less than 250 employees), midsize (between 250-500 employees) and large (more than 500 employees) company categories. The respective small, midsize and large winners and their representatives speaking in the podcasts are Pate Dawson Company of Goldsboro, N.C., with Vicki Lemmond, director of human resources; Halifax Regional Medical Center of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., with Belinda Jones-Hill, BSN/RN, manager of the Intensive Care Unit; and Caterpillar and its Building Construction Products (BCP) Division headquartered in Cary, N.C., with Korey Coon, human resource director. In each podcast, Lemmond, Jones-Hill and Coon discuss the innovative people management practices developed and implemented that helped their businesses win the award, the reasons why it took the initiative to transform business operations and develop a new system of people management, and the measurable results from the transition, including improvements in day-to-day workflow and employee morale. The speakers offer advice to employers on how to improve efficiency, productivity and the management of their own organizations as well.

The Pate Dawson podcast is available for download at The Halifax podcast is available for download at The Caterpillar podcast is available for download at

“The outstanding human resources and people practices Pate Dawson, Halifax Regional and Caterpillar have installed all make them deserving winners of our Ovation Award this year,” said Clarke. “I thank Vicki, Belinda and Korey for taking the time to explain their solutions implemented and provide recommendations in their podcasts for improving overall business results are helpful for people to study and review for use in their own organizations.”

“A work culture should be based upon trusting and empowering your most valuable assets, which are your people,” said Lemmond. “It is those associates who have untapped potential that is just waiting to be used.”

“We suggest management look at best practices from other organizations and employees, and adapt it to your own organization,” said Jones-Hill. “Identify a problem, find a solution, pilot it and see how it works.”

“Providing workplace flexibility truly does increase engagement of your employees and thus increases your productivity,” said Coon. “As a side benefit, this workplace flexibility supports the concept of employee accountability. Employees need to be accountable for their work and what they are producing.”

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- Ovation Award recipients received public brand recognition, a profile of business accomplishments in the CAI newsletter and website, and one free registration to the 2012 CAI HR Management Conference held Feb. 21-22 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh, where this year’s winners were honored.

- For more information regarding the Ovation Awards and to see a full list of previous award recipients, please visit

- For more information about the winning companies, please visit, and

About CAI:
CAI is a trusted resource for HR, compliance and people development. With locations in Raleigh and Greensboro, CAI is a membership-driven organization that helps North Carolina employers maximize employee engagement and minimize employer liability through human resources and management advice, training, news, survey data, public policy advocacy and consulting services. For more information, please call (919) 878-9222 or visit

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