Engaging Our Associates

We strive to create an open, and connected culture by focusing on key engagement practices through our talent acquisition process, learning and development opportunities, manager/associate relationships, performance management and talent development. To measure this engagement, we collect associate feedback through multiple avenues like engagement surveys and focus group sessions.

Sysco Speaks, our companywide survey, offers our associates an opportunity to provide anonymous feedback and put forward ideas to improve engagement and overall business performance.

Following the completion of each survey, we communicate survey results to all associates through town hall meetings and individual function meetings. Then, action planning teams represented by leaders and associates in the functions, analyze the survey data, and recommend key action items to increase engagement. Each quarter, teams come together to discuss action plan progress, and share best practices and successes. Following these sessions, a best practice guide will be distributed to leaders after receiving information from operating companies with high engagement scores.

We also provide channels for associates to express concerns. Please see Reporting Concerns.

At the end of FY2016, approximately 18 percent of our associates were represented by collective bargaining agreements, which are subject to negotiation at various expiration dates. Contract negotiations are handled by each individual operating company. Our policy is to negotiate in good faith with various unions regarding wages, hours, and terms and conditions of employment at locations where associates have chosen to be represented by a union.