Associates

We Believe in Being a Responsible Employer, Investing in Our Associates’ Growth, Safety and Well-Being

100%associates who are eligible for company health benefits

100%full-time associates who are eligible for company 401(k) match and bonus plans

95%associates who work full time

87%participation rate in Perdue Health Improvement Program

$0co-pay for doctor visits at on-site wellness centers

52.65%turnover rate versus 44.9% goal

1.74OSHA total recordable incident rate (27% increase)

 

Wages, Benefits and Compliance

We're proud to take care of our team members by offering:

Paid Time Off

Paid Time Off

Medical, Dental and Vision

Medical, Dental & Vision Coverage

Insurance

Life & Disability Insurance

Savings Options

401(k) Savings Options

Education Reimbursement

Tuition & Education Reimbursement

Health Improvement Program

Health Improvement Program (HIP)

Perdue Stewardship Updates

We Continue to Move Beyond Diversity to Inclusion

We Continue to Move Beyond Diversity to Inclusion

In 2018, we brought our leaders and managers together for the company’s first Diversity and Inclusion Forum, which included a keynote address by Marley Dias, the 13-year-old teen activist whose #1000BlackGirlBooks social media campaign went viral in 2015.

A “Best Employer for Diversity”

A “Best Employer for Diversity”

Perdue Farms was named one of the “Best Employers for Diversity” by Forbes for 2019. This recognition of our journey toward a more diverse workforce and inclusive workplace is a result of the commitment of our associates and leadership team. We celebrate the unique talents and rich backgrounds of our associates that reflect the values and commitments of our company.

Continuing Our Leadership in Workplace Safety

Continuing Our Leadership in Workplace Safety

In 2018, the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council recognized Perdue with two dozen workplace awards for consistently implementing innovative and effective workplace safety and health processes and systems. Twenty-four Perdue facilities in nine states, including 17 food-producing plants, received awards.

Award consideration was based on injury statistics over three years and an independent panel of judges’ evaluations of written applications.

Award-Winning Health and Wellness Programs

Award-Winning Health and Wellness Programs

Perdue HealthWorks®, dedicated to helping associates and dependents become as healthy as possible and to offering the best medical care possible through Perdue Wellness Centers and the Perdue Health Improvement Program (HIP), received several awards for workplace health in 2018.

  • Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Gold Wellness at Work Award
  • American Heart Association Work Place Health Achievement Index Bronze Award
  • American Association of Occupational Health Nursing Employer of the Year

An Investment in Associate Health and Well-Being

Through the combination of Wellness Centers that serve as on-site doctor's offices and our voluntary company-wide Health Improvement Program, we’re investing in the health and well-being of our associates.

Our network of 20 Wellness Centers, located at most of our major facilities, enables associates participating in our health coverage plan to see a doctor or other health care provider on-site without losing time away from work and with no co-pay.

Most Perdue Wellness Centers include fully equipped on-site doctor’s offices staffed by health care providers from the community. Services provided include primary care treatment for illnesses and injuries, physicals, ongoing treatment for chronic issues, OB/GYN services, prenatal care and pediatric care.

Associates and their eligible dependents can schedule appointments during their shifts, which means they still get paid for that time, and associates participating in our insurance program pay nothing.

 

An Investment in Our Associates’ Education

We’re committed to creating opportunities for our associates to grow, personally and professionally. In 2018, Perdue launched a company-wide program to enable associates to earn an accredited high school diploma through a partnership with the Penn Foster Online High School Diploma program. There’s no cost to associates.

Wages, Working Conditions, Compliance, & Our Responsibility to Our Associates & Communities

We are committed to involving our associates in creating a safe, secure, inclusive, productive and healthy work environment with competitive wages and benefits, and to complying with all applicable laws and regulations. This includes:

  • Continuously working to improve associate safety, health and wellness
  • Treating all associates with dignity and respect, promoting diversity and inclusion, and ensuring equal opportunity
  • Protecting associate rights, encouraging engagement and providing mechanisms for work grievances without retribution
  • Measuring and fostering associate satisfaction
  • Setting annual “People” goals to move forward toward improving associate safety, retention, health and engagement

 

Continuously Improving Associate Safety, Health & Wellness

Our safety programs create a culture of safety at our operations and position our workplaces as among the safest in the manufacturing sector, with key OSHA metrics better than the manufacturing sector as a whole, and among the best among poultry companies.

  • We employ a full Corporate Safety and Security Staff, and have safety and security managers in each facility and safety teams—consisting of both hourly and management associates—that constantly monitor safety procedures. We continuously review and make improvements to our safety policies and procedures to ensure ongoing improvement.
  • We provide new associate and ongoing safety training, including training for new procedures and equipment to ensure ongoing safety.
  • Our sites have and continue to maintain safe line speeds.
  • We continue to evaluate new technology to reduce risk exposures on our production lines. This includes adjustable workstations where our safety teams, including hourly associates, provide input on ergonomics. As evidence of our program’s success, Perdue was recognized in 2016 by OSHA as a leader in ergonomic improvements.
  • Job rotation is required and monitored.
  • Proper recording and reporting of all safety incidents, including “near misses,” is addressed during orientation and team meetings throughout the year.

 

Treating All Associates with Dignity & Respect, Promoting Diversity & Inclusion, & Ensuring Equal Opportunity

Perdue is committed to treating all associates with dignity and respect and has a strong policy against any form of discrimination, harassment or abuse. This includes discrimination or harassment based on race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or religious beliefs. Any individual found guilty of this type of conduct would be dealt with severely, up to and including termination of employment.

We take pride in the diversity of our workforce and the manner in which our facilities attract and bring together people from different racial, ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds.

In 2014, we committed to moving beyond diversity by taking a more active role in creating an inclusionary workplace. We now have our Inclusion Council, composed of diverse associates representing different areas of the company, providing direct input to the senior management team. In 2017, Perdue’s vice president of human resource services assumed additional responsibility as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, and Perdue Farms is signatory to CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion.

Further, as a government contractor/subcontractor, we annually write Affirmative Action Plans for each unit within the company and as part of that exercise, we thoroughly analyze all company practices to ensure discrimination does not exist. Perdue encourages diversity through targeted recruiting strategies.

As part of our Equal Employment Opportunity Policy, we reaffirm our commitment to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer all personnel actions without regard to color, religion, age, sex, gender identity, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, status as a qualified individual with a disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

Employee Rights, Voice & Engagement

We prefer to take a team approach to management, and the Perdue Continuous Improvement Process encourages associate involvement and engagement by seeking their input, experience and insights to help us improve our processes, increase efficiencies and reduce waste. Committees such as Safety Teams, Diversity and Inclusion Teams, Green Teams, and teams focused on food safety and quality include both hourly and salaried associates working together.

We hold associate roundtables on a regular basis, in which associates can bring up any topic they wish to discuss. A rotating schedule ensures we include almost all of our hourly associates during the year.

We provide all associates with several mechanisms to air their grievances or concerns.

  • Our Open-Door Policy allows any associate to speak to any member of management at any time.
  • Our “Speak Up, We’re Listening” confidential hotline allows associates to call a third-party, toll-free hotline to anonymously report suspected illegal or unethical activity.
  • Our Peer Review Program allows associates who have been disciplined or terminated to appeal their cases in front of a panel of their peers, selected by them, from a group of trained panelists. If the panel’s decision is to remove the discipline or reinstate the associate, that decision is final.

We strive for an environment in which a union would have nothing to offer our associates. We believe that when and if problems arise, they are best worked out with honest and frank discussions in an atmosphere of mutual trust, respect and cooperation directly between management and associates.

 

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