We’ve got 157,000 fantastic colleagues and we're passionate about making Sainsbury’s a place they love to work, so they can make it a place where our customers love to shop
Earlier this month I was asked to host a table at Sainsbury’s Long Service Dinner at the Lancaster Hotel, London. The Dinner, held annually and attended by the Operating Board including Chief Executive Justin King, is a long-standing tradition at Sainsbury’s and an opportunity to celebrate those colleagues that have over 25 years’ service with us.
Beyond the fact that we enjoy getting together and celebrating who we are, there's an important reason why our company holds an annual conference like this.
We try to maximise the health and wellbeing of our colleagues by promoting and supporting healthy lifestyles. Wellbeing is not simply about preventing sickness or injury, but about work/life balance. We all want our colleagues to feel we support them on challenges they face both at or away from work.
We have always known that our colleagues are more committed to giving great service when they're more involved in our business. They achieve more when they understand how their efforts are contributing to a wider goal and when they are recognised for the contribution they make.
We know what an impact it can have for colleagues to benefit from first-rate training, and when it leads to externally recognised qualifications, it's even better.
We firmly believe in the benefits a diverse workforce brings. It helps us to understand and adapt to the changing needs of our customers, and offers new and different perspectives on the challenges we may face. Our aim is to create an environment where everyone is welcome and where everyone can be the best they can be.
This week Roger Burnley, Sainsbury’s Retail and Logistics Director, opened our 1,000th store at Irvine, Scotland. This was a fantastic achievement and shows just how far Sainsbury’s has come since John James and Mary Sainsbury opened the first store 142 years ago on London’s Drury Lane.