The Sanitarium Food Company has been in operation for over 100 years as a fast moving consumer goods company specialising in the manufacturing of food and beverage products. The company’s food and beverage business operates across Australia and in New Zealand, employing approximately 1,200 people.
Sanitarium define their culture as the shared values, norms and expectations that guide their people in terms of how they approach their work and interact with each other. Guided by an employee value proposition that encompasses culture, leadership, development and recognition; Sanitarium focus on driving a workplace culture that delivers the best results to their customers through the satisfaction of their staff.
Living, learning and leading by values is important to Sanitarium, who have worked towards building a culture of professional development by emphasising training from induction. Developmental opportunities are delivered through on the job training, off site training, workshops, retreats, eLearning, peer learning, coaching, 360 feedback and webinars. This suite of initiatives is predicated on connecting employees to the Sanitarium mission and connects to a performance review system called “iGro”.
This system aims to create a line of sight to the Sanitarium business strategy and facilitates two-way communication and conversations between individuals and their managers. Whilst the focus of the iGro system is employee development and business outcomes there is also a flow through element to compensation. Based on a formula against the achievement of both goals and behaviours an employee is able to gain additional monetary increases if they have performed above expectation.
Employee wellbeing is also central to Sanitarium’s employer brand, through their “Better U” program the company has worked towards ensuring the wellbeing of their employees. Staff are offered a range of services and activities across a broad spectrum of areas, including nutrition, weight management, physical activity and mental health. Through the program, Sanitarium staff have access to a BetterU Coach to develop a tailored program with specific health and wellbeing goals, and then work with their coach to track progress against those goals.