January 24, 2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Lucy Postins (619) 544 0018 x 311 Lucy@thehonestkitchen.com
Novel Approach to Having Employees Contribute to the Big Picture
Human-grade pet food manufacturer devises a new plan that pays employees for getting involved and making a difference.
San Diego, Calif. (January 24th 2013) , The Honest Kitchen, a producer of 100% human-grade all-natural whole foods for dogs and cats, has unveiled a revolutionary new employee plan call “Contribution Teams” (C-Teams), which allows staff to be directly involved in areas outside the scope of their normal work, and contribute in novel ways to the company’s culture, community and charitable efforts. The system will enhance the company’s own efforts to maintain positive communications and foster an energized environment where individuals can be themselves and flourish professionally.
C-Teams have been developed for six separate areas of interest at the company, and employees may spend up to three hours of paid time each month, working individually or with others, to ‘Contribute’, and make a difference in a chosen area. The six teams’ work is centered around Culture (organizing office events and learning experiences for staff); Curators (documenting office happenings, creating digital and physical scrapbooks of momentous occasions at the company for future generations to enjoy), Charity (identifying and screening non-profit organizations to receive monetary or food donations form the company); Cuisine (using a discretionary budget to create meals and snacks for company events and team meetings); Community (identifying and participating in volunteer opportunities at local shelters and soup kitchens) and “Cushions”, which is a team dedicated to identifying and implementing office workspace improvements such as new plants, décor and facilities such as a ping pong table.
“I wanted to devise this system as a way to ensure that our whole team, regardless of position or level within the company, could feel involved and invested in the big picture of what we stand for as an organization,” commented Lucy Postins, The Honest Kitchen’s founder and CEO. “We’ve always placed an extremely high priority on having a strong office culture - which is course is a huge cliché nowadays - so I set about creating a system where everyone could actually sign up to help and contribute in a specific area, on our dime, and go home at the end of the month knowing exactly what they had done to make a difference. We’re a small company, but that doesn’t mean we’re restricted from putting our efforts into something tangible like this.”
Employees can sign up for up to two teams at any given time, and may rotate between teams every quarter – or stick with one team for the duration of the year. C-Team efforts and contributions will be counted towards the company’s employee appraisal system for end of year bonuses. C-Team members will use social media including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and the company’s Blog, to document and publicize their efforts.
The Honest Kitchen employs a total of twenty-five workers, both at its San Diego loft-office location and nationwide. The company has featured on Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work list for the past two years, ranking number 37 and 19 in 2011 and 2012 respectively and the company’s management views the Contribution Teams as an innovative way to lead the organization through its continued growth, and set a benchmark for employee management within the pet food industry.
About The Honest Kitchen
The Honest Kitchen produces a line of dehydrated human-grade whole foods for dogs and cats, which are made with love in a human food facility (not in a pet food plant) for the highest possible quality standards. Dehydration is a gentle technique that removes only the moisture and retains most natural nutrients found in raw, whole foods. The private, family-owned company is based in San Diego CA. The Honest Kitchen’s products are developed with uncompromising attention to detail, by a company of pet lovers with a passion for food.
For more information, please visit www.TheHonestKitchen.com.
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