Performance reviews can stir a mixed amount of emotions among professionals. For some, it's an exciting time to discuss accomplishments and get patted on the back. For others, it's a nerve-wracking time where shortcomings are discussed, and some employees question their abilities.
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Many businesses offer comprehensive and unique benefit packages as a way of attracting and maintaining top talent. For Chipotle Mexican Grill, cooking up strong employee benefit packages not only accomplishes those two goals, but also helps the company with its long-term focus on employee engagement and building connections.
Chipotle Stresses The Importance Of Connection<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTg4NDU2NS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxMTc4OTU1M30.For-amRwE48tVgqR-KAfYaLFqj9PeFA-a3mRfBLjRac/img.jpg?width=980" id="418d5" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="f74317490b8c35121142dde47f1169d6" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>Chipotle believes that one of the best benefits offered is<strong> the opportunity to connect with employees.</strong></p><p>By connecting with other team members, employees will feel more engaged and connected to the company. They're also more likely to remain loyal and stay, <a href="https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.fastcompany.com_90367735_four-2Dways-2Dyou-2Dcan-2Dcrib-2Dfrom-2Dchipotle-2Don-2Dhow-2Dto-2Dengage-2Demployees-3Fpartner-3Dfeedburner&d=DwMFaQ&c=9PpRfHHToPY9DjZVLeBSNQ&r=G-2XAbhDTwDReAqtIJ2a34SKmo-e7ArQQt975GvCI8s&m=0cZY85DohiODWGCNJlPrmYK5rTZSgaLmajthzLs-_OM&s=ibzUyTXFCqQpVg_X4DMSI46W9Uu39w98abzaU5XMXEg&e=" target="_blank">according to Jamie Viramontes, president of talent at Chipotle.</a></p><p>Viramontes said the company accomplishes this goal in four ways:</p><p><strong>Knowing Your People</strong>: Managers make an effort to get to know employees, learn their professional goals, and create an environment of inclusion in the workforce.</p><p><strong>Growing Your People:</strong> Chipotle encourages employees to build careers with them by promoting from within. According to Chipotle, 80% of general managers have been promoted from within, often starting as line level crew members. In 2018 alone, Chipotle promoted 13,689 employees, according to its <a href="https://www.chipotle.com/about-us/sustainability.html" target="_blank">Sustainability Report</a>.</p><p><strong>Investing In Your People:</strong> To build on employee success, Chipotle offers a number of training and development tools, including coaching, webinars, in-person training, and third-party coaching via <a href="https://workbravely.com/" target="_blank">Bravely</a>. </p><p><strong>Engaging Your People: </strong>Chipotle encourages employees to give feedback on how to make the company better. Employee feedback recently led to an overhaul of the annual performance review process.</p>
Growing And Expanding Benefits<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTg4NDU5My9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyNzg2OTczMn0.EWjjXt8JxK9ObbppPMW6OzRQ7IYxuNOgld2agnE-RZg/img.jpg?width=980" id="51cf0" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="3a169c6b27d3dffa850e01a01be3862c" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p>Other benefits offered to Chipotle crew members include paid meal breaks (complete with a free Chipotle meal per shift), free English as a second language class for employees and family members, tuition reimbursement up to $5,250 a year, and dental, vision, and medical insurance options.</p><p>According to its Sustainability Report, Chipotle's upcoming employee benefit goals include:</p><p><strong>Make the Employee Assistance Program available to all employees</strong>, so they have access to quality mental health care by 2020.</p><p><strong>Create at least three Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)</strong>, throughout the organization in 2019 that will spark discussions and allow for employees to play an active role in shaping culture and company practices.</p><p>In addition to these goals, Chipotle is also offering bias training for field leaders and working to expand its Diversity and Inclusion program.</p>
Uncertain economic conditions have prompted organizations to rethink their hiring process and attract top talent. In their quest to find the best candidates, most organizations have now realized that they have to look beyond academic qualifications and experience.
They are scouting for people who can not only complete their job at hand but also bring new perspectives to the table. Sharp thinkers and proactive resources are, therefore, in demand today as they can help a company grow in the right direction. Here are some ways in which employers can benefit from hiring creative employees who think outside the box: