Our employees are the heart of our business. We strive to provide wellness benefits that go beyond the traditional package. Through practices like flexible scheduling, telecommuting, an on-site gym, and on-site massage, we offer a workplace where employee wellness is a priority.
Core benefits and compensation In addition to our comprehensive healthcare, 401k, disability, and other benefits, Annie’s works to do even more for our employees. This effort shines through in our sustainability benefits package. After 6 months at Annie’s, employees are eligible for $500 towards the purchase or upgrade of a commuter bike, and $1,000 towards improvements that decrease waste, water, or energy usage in their homes. After 12 months, employees qualify for $5,000 towards a low-emissions vehicle such as a hybrid or plug-in electric. Employees have used these benefits to buy hybrid vehicles, install home composting systems, and upgrade their appliances to more efficient Energy STAR rated units. Our product innovation manager, Debra Langford, who purchased a car with help from the vehicle benefit, says, “Where I live is not convenient to take public transportation, so having a plug-in hybrid electric car makes me feel a little better that I am being environmentally conscious when I drive to work.”
Wellness Annie’s supports a healthy workplace, including fitness classes and access to fresh, organic fruit. Yoga classes have a particularly devoted following. A member of our sales team, Navdeep Jassal, says, “Practicing yoga three times a week at Annie’s has really changed my life for the better. It keeps me energized and balanced throughout the work week.” We also support employees who want to participate in healthy activities in the community like Bike to Work Day. Annie’s sets up a tent and gives away coffee and snacks to bike commuters who cycle to and from work. Participants receive handy prizes like safety lights for their bikes.
Internships Every year, Annie’s hires college interns to join our team for the summer. These interns work with our Product Innovation, Sales, Marketing, Sustainability, and Operations teams, and not only provide fresh perspectives, but also receive a great work experience. Over the years, the internship program has grown in both number of interns and activities. One highlight of the program: interns have weekly lunches with different members of Annie’s senior leadership team, where they learn about the career paths of the speakers and ask questions about the company. As our intern Alicia Halpern says, “Being a Sustainability Intern at Annie’s was a fantastic experience. The skills I learned have helped prepare me to move from the student life into the professional world. Not only was working at Annie’s a lot of fun, I came away with a broad sense of what it takes to push a company onto a more sustainable path.”
On-site organic garden We have a beautiful edible garden and patio space complete with Wi-Fi where employees can take time during their day to enjoy the sunshine and get fresh air. Employees use the space for meetings and lunch breaks, and are welcome to harvest vegetables to munch on during the workday. Once a week our garden guru brings a bounty of fresh vegetables and herbs in from the garden to the employee kitchen for all to enjoy. We have also trained employees to plant and harvest in our garden. Our Accounts Payable Supervisor, Willette Battle, says, “I love to work, take a break, and take lunch in the garden. At times, I harvest ingredients from the garden to nibble on or include in my lunch!”
Quarterly sustainability education As a mission-driven company, we believe that sustainability education is core to who we are and how we can help influence positive change. Many of our employees are engaged in living a more sustainable lifestyle, but they are also interested in continuous education, which is why we have a quarterly sustainability education series. At these informal gatherings, we share an organic lunch and learn about a variety of issues key to Annie’s and society as a whole. Some recent topics include waste and resource recovery, genetically engineered foods, and climate change.