Retail Business Development & Retention Programs for Non-Exempt Employees
I participated in THE most AWESOME conference this week- The Working Mother Media – 2012 National Conference Supporting Hourly Workers in Washington, DC.
The venue headlined cutting edge best practices and initiatives; developing hourly employees towards leadership roles as well as cultivating a strong employee value proposition. There was a contagious energy swirling around the 12 winners named Best Companies for Hourly Workers. We threw ourselves into the arena, discovering new ways to take our own companies to the next level. I was inspired by the stories executives relayed about their employees and their own career journeys.
Hourly Workers are Your Future Managers, Leaders
Marriott relayed that 40% of their executives rose through the ranks. A senior director from Sodexo talked about her first job as a kitchen worker in a hospital, and a supervisor who provided flex scheduling so that she could finish her education. This role model boss not only knew the names of all of his employees, but their dreams too. Powerful!
A district manager from PetSmart, who started as pet groomer discussed their tuition reimbursement, flexible work and telecommute programs.
Target views all of their team members as future leaders. Top companies cultivate careers by investing in education, training and taking care of their workforce.