As the economy recovers, employers have seen some of their best talent defect for better jobs. Top-performing corporations are fighting that trend by doing what they can to strengthen their relations with their workers.

That's the bottom line to a Towers Watson survey of employee attitudes that confirms what common sense might suggest: people who work foremployers that invest in their workforce have been feeling better about their organizations as the economy has improved.

Towers Watson tracks what it calls high-performing companies to gauge what it is they do that makes them stand out. Its study underscores the value of investing in workers as part of a larger strategy to minimize turnover and outperform the pack.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.