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Supermarket Employee Day!

Today is “Supermarket Employee Day!”

A recent SupermarketNews article shared an update, which indicated that following the success of last year’s inaugural Supermarket Employee Day, FMI-The Food Industry Association is once again celebrating the grocery industry and its workers today, as part of the now annual event.

FMI noted that, “The Supermarket Employee Day’s return reflects the enthusiastic response to its launch last year, including participation from nearly every level of FMI membership, from retailers and wholesalers to suppliers and state association partners.”

The piece went on to quote Leslie Sarasin, FMI President and CEO, who said, “Grocery stores are a critical part of the fabric of our communities. They are the essential pipeline in providing the food and consumer goods necessary to sustain the health and well-being of their friends, neighbors and customers. As the global pandemic persists, supermarket employees remain committed to providing the services, resources and support families need to stay nourished, safe and healthy.”

While many stores struggle to maintain staffing and service levels, it’s nice to see people being recognized for their effort and service, and nice to see store management working to maintain employee engagement levels!

Wegmans Wins High Rating on Fortune Best Places to Work List

Once again Wegmans has been recognized as one of the best places to work in the country, as they ranked #2 on Fortune’s 2018 list.

“Company loyalty runs deep at this more than century- old grocery chain, which spent $50 million on employee development last year (plus $5 million in scholarships) and filled half of its open positions internally,” the Fortune web site states.

The piece went on to share that staffers say “fulfilling” work gives them a “sense of purpose,” thanks to Wegmans’ mission of “helping people live healthier, better lives through food.” The civic spirit helps too: The chain reclaims millions of pounds of food every year to feed the hungry.

Salesforce was listed atop the list, which, according to the company’s website, measures companies on the following characteristics:

  • Executive team effectiveness
  • Innovation
  • People-focused programs
  • “Great Place to Work For All”

In a Great Place to Work For All, employees report high levels of trust, credible and respectful leadership, pride in the work, and camaraderie.

More than 315,000 employees provided feedback to determine the winners of the 2018 list. To be considered, companies needed to have at least 1,000 employees and receive enough survey responses to achieve a 95% confidence level with no more than a 5% margin of error.

Employee Engagement at Hy-Vee

According to a recent SupermarketNews article, Hy-Vee Inc. has introduced a benefits program for part-time employees.

Calling the move a “first of its kind in the retail industry,” the Midwestern grocer said the program offers 11 benefit options to its more than 58,000 part-time staff ages 19 and older. Spouses and dependents also are covered by the plan, whose options include:

  • Health
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Short-term disability
  • Accident and critical illness coverage
  • Hospital indemnity
  • Group  and individual life and disability insurance
  • Auto, homeowner and renter insurance
  • Pet insurance

Read the full article…