There are some things any new hire would get excited about seeing on their first tour around Amway/Nutrilites offices: rooftop gardens, a cafeteria stocked with healthy food, an on-site gym thats actually used.
But at the Buena Park campus, where dietary supplements and other health products are developed and manufactured, some of the things employees value most are unseen: trust, positivity and genuine care for overall well-being; a place where co-workers are like family.
The Registers annual Top Workplaces survey received notes from several employees who said they feel confident in making their own decisions and are encouraged to trust their instincts and take risks, even if they might fail.
They also feel cared for by their bosses, professionally and personally, and, of course, theyre motivated to stay healthy through various fitness and networking programs, as well as access to free supplements. Staffers can even elect to work a 10-hours-a-day, four-day workweek aimed at curbing at least some traffic-related high blood pressure.
The Register spoke with Audra Davies, vice president of product development for health, beauty and home, on what makes her workplace stand out.
Q. What is the companys strategy to attract and retain quality employees?
A. We have a longstanding internship program here, which is a great pipeline for talent coming fresh out of academic institutions, whether its with undergraduate degrees or graduate degrees.
We also do a lot of recruiting for more experienced employees at a wide variety of different trade and scientific meetings. We have done recruiting with some of the military programs, as well.
Once we have employees join our company, we have a number of inclusion networks that are great opportunities for them. We have what is known as an early-in-career group, which focuses on individuals who have been with our company for less than five years.
We also have an inclusion network that is focused on ethnic diversity as well as different generations.
And we have a womens inclusion network across Amway which provides a great forum, not only for our female employees, but also our male employees, to talk about issues related to gender bias, to talk about the importance of flexibility within the workplace and any issues that may be very specific to women in the workplace.
Q. How does your leadership play a role in keeping staff engaged in the business overall and helping them see the value of their work?
A. I would hold up, first and foremost, communication. Amway/Nutrilite has evolved to a very transparent communication focus of a very clear strategic agenda about where our company is headed for the next nine to 10 years.
When we can frame up our communications around key areas of focus and key platforms that ultimately support our strategic goals, I think it really helps our employees to understand why were taking some of the actions we are and why were asking our employees to do certain things, certain projects.
Q. What perks or benefits do you and your employees value most at the company?
A. Weve got a great health and wellness program. Theres a gym on site. We have fitness instructors and experts on site that offer one-on-one consults to our employees. Our employees can go take a fitness class here on campus several times a day.
Secondly, at this site, we have the benefit of a monthly supply of supplements. Every employee gets to choose four supplements. The products are manufactured here and we believe that we, as employees, should be products of the product.
Q. Generally, how can a boss foster a collaborative, creative environment where employees enjoy working?
A. It starts with trust. When we can trust and empower each other, we result in creating a safe and supportive environment where our employees can take risks, they can step outside the box a little bit, and they know that theyre going to be supported by their boss.
Its something that my leadership team and I spend a lot of time talking about, ensuring that we are giving employees the latitude to experiment with these things and support them if they have unexpected outcomes.
Q. What motivates you to come to work every day, and do you think your employees share the same motivation?
A. It is the people I work with here at Amway. I am privileged to work with a very diverse team of very talented individuals that come to work every day and give it 110 percent and just are amazing individuals.
Source: OC Register