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Perdue Farms harvests Corporate Culture Award

Jan. 3, 2017
Perdue Farms has been named a 2016 Corporate Culture Award winner by Baltimore Smart CEO for fostering a “creative collaborative workplace culture that has helped enhance performance and sustain a competitive advantage.”

Perdue Farms has been named a 2016 Corporate Culture Award winner by Baltimore Smart CEO for fostering a “creative collaborative workplace culture that has helped enhance performance and sustain a competitive advantage.”

The poultry provider was one of 50 companies that received the award at the annual Corporate Culture Awards event in Baltimore recently.

“The 2016 Corporate Culture Award winners have realized that running a company is more than head count and the bottom line,” said Jaime Nespor-Zawmon, president of SmartCEO. “It’s about creating a place where creativity, energy and ideas are cultivated. Through this, they are able to not only enhance performance and sustain their companies’ competitive advantages, but also enrich the lives of those they employ and inspire them to make a greater impact on the world.”

“As a major employer in Maryland and across the country, we take tremendous pride in our people and our culture,” said company chairman Jim Perdue. “In fact, we have a people-first philosophy that has guided our company culture for nearly a century. “We’re pleased that Smart CEO chose to recognize Perdue for a company culture that our people work so hard to uphold every day.”

Perdue is committed to treating all associates with dignity and respect, and providing a safe, productive and rewarding workplace. Its associates have access to all levels of management to resolve a conflict or misunderstanding through the company’s long-standing Open Door Policy. Perdue’s safety programs create a culture of safety at its operations and position the workplace as among the safest in its sector.

Associates have access to onsite Wellness Centers staffed by healthcare providers from the community, and provide associates and their dependents access to affordable primary care. The company’s voluntary Health Improvement Program helps associates adopt healthy lifestyles and targets major preventable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.

In related news, Wellness Corporate Solutions (WCS), a Bethesda MD-based provider of employee wellness solutions, is offering the WellWork Kit. The company’s website contains an article detailing how small employers can benefit from this kit:

The WellWork Kit offers three programming options. The Basic level includes a comprehensive leadership guide, two turnkey wellness challenges, 12 months of on-site event ideas, yearlong subscriptions to two health education newsletters, and 12 months of client-branded marketing and communications materials. In addition to these features, WellWork Kit Digital adds an online wellness challenge platform with app and device integration.

For small companies interested in a more comprehensive online solution, WellWork Kit Pro offers a wellness portal hosted in partnership with MeYouHealth. The WellWork Portal includes a simple health assessment, as well as open social-style challenges and campaigns that focus on daily wellness activities, exercise, and smoking cessation.

In a survey of more than 16,000 Perdue associates conducted in November 2015, 90% of associates were positive about their jobs, and 88% were positive about safety and working conditions.

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