Hershey Achieves Great Place to Work Certification Based on Strong Company Culture
The Hershey Company, headquartered in the United States, celebrates the certification of its American company by Great Place to Work, a key international authority on workplace culture, reports Neill Barston.
As the company noted, the distinction is particularly noteworthy given that it’s based entirely on what current employees say about their experiences working at the company.
Significantly, this year’s employee survey cited fairness, pride and leadership as particular company strengths. Hershey’s An American company joins its operations in Brazil and India to earn this certification honor.
The certification process examines employee experience, leadership behavior proven to drive market-leading revenue, employee retention, and increased innovation.
“Being named a Great Place to Work Certified Company further validates our culture and our 128-year heritage of creating moments of goodness,” said Michele Buck, Chairman, President and CEO of The Hershey Company. “Inspired by our amazing people who bring our purpose to life, we are committed to living our values every day and ensuring our company remains a great place to work.”
Sarah Lewis-Kulin, vice president of global recognition at Great Place to Work, explained that earning such certification required particularly high standards within a company.
She said: “This is the only official recognition determined by real-time reports from employees about their company culture. Earning this designation means The Hershey Company is one of the best companies to work for in the country.
The certification underscores Hershey’s ongoing commitment to fostering a positive employee experience, with inclusiveness, equity and mentorship initiatives that drive tangible results.
As the company noted, its approach has been to empower people to be themselves while owning and developing their own careers to their full potential. In 2022, the company launched a company-wide career development program so employees can learn and practice new ideas, behaviors and skills. Additionally, Hershey is committed to supporting employees with a competitive and far-reaching benefits package to help them feel great, plan for their future, and achieve work-life balance. To continue to support employees and their growing families, Hershey will increase paid parental leave to 20 weeks in 2023.
“This honor is a direct reflection of the thoughts and opinions of our employees, which is the highest accolade we can receive,” added Chris Scalia, senior vice president, chief human resources officer, The Hershey Company. “To meet the challenges of the past two years, our leadership team has harnessed the power of continuous and active listening, created a safe and open workplace through public acts of vulnerability, and fostered value creation by prioritizing to the well-being of our employees. These initiatives are making a difference, and we will continue to engage our employees to create a welcoming, inclusive workplace that reflects our purpose and values.
According to research by Great Place to Work, job seekers are 4.5 times more likely to find a great boss in a certified great workplace. Additionally, employees in certified workplaces are 93% more likely to look forward to coming to work and are twice as likely to be paid fairly, earn a fair share of company profits, and have a fair chance of getting a promotion.