Our Safeway team includes 178,000 employees from all different walks of life. We strive to support all employees in reaching their potential. Our programs give employees access to numerous support and development services, allowing them to grow and contribute to the Safeway community. We also provide outreach and training to military veterans and their families to do our part to reward their sacrifice with career opportunities.
Health & Wellness
Keeping our employees healthy is part of our commitment to healthy communities. We’ve established a range of programs, like our JumpStart Fitness Challenge, to make physical activity easy and accessible. These programs include competitions, rewards systems, discounts, online tools and in-person support. Every individual has the opportunity to find a program that fits their needs and lifestyle, helping them to develop healthy behaviors and reach their desired level of success.
Diversity & Inclusion
Safeway embraces diversity and strives to hire people representing all backgrounds, who match the composition of the communities we serve. We’ve developed multiple Employee Resource Groups designed to provide educational opportunities, empower and support all employees. We also extend employment opportunities to our troops and returned veterans. They are exceptionally qualified to meet the demands of the retail industry. As a tangible way to show our appreciation for their service they gave to our country, we set a goal to hire 1,000 military veterans, with 850 veterans going into our stores in 2012. Through leadership development and training programs, we help them to transfer and build upon the skills they’ve learned in the military. We also offer support and funding to organizations that provide assistance to military families.
We encourage ongoing learning and career development for all of our employees. We invest in employee leadership development, as well as technical training, through a mix of classroom teaching, web-based learning and on-the-job training.
This investment includes our Leadership Institute for Vice Presidents and above, a multi-day training program conducted by our CEO and senior leadership team which includes classroom instruction, roundtable discussion groups and a website with supporting tools. In 2011, we also launched our Advancing Leader Program, which offers a similar multi-day experience for our District Managers and Directors. And in May 2012, we launched our frontline management training program called Emerging Leaders that is specifically targeted at new Managers.
Evaluations and assessments are another important way we help employees develop skills to progress along their career paths. We use a common set of terms for discussing and evaluating leadership in our performance management and appraisal system. This helps create greater consistency across our company and provides more clarity for employees to help them reach their career goals.