4.2.4 Organizational Culture
Whole Foods has been on Fortune magazine’s list of 100 best companies to work for every year since 1998 (Whole Foods, 2014). Whole Foods boasts about the autonomy in their work culture by describing the work atmosphere as having “open books, open doors, and open people.” It have also set standards as not to have a large difference between the salaries of people working in the store and warehouses and the executives that run the company. Whole Foods also has a list of core values which include (but are not limited to): selling high quality produce, supporting team members, serving and supporting local and global communities and promoting the health of their stakeholders through healthy eating education. The following is an evaluation of the cultural characteristics and core values listed above.
Whole foods claims of having autonomy in their work culture are true according to Charles Fishman. In his article titled “Whole Foods is All Teams”, he describes how Whole Foods has not been making empty claims about having an open environment for employees to work in. Instead, it has spent many years trying to live up to those claims by building a powerful business model around them. In the same article he states that Whole Foods has capped its’ executives salaries at “no more than eight time the average wage.” This means that their claim of having a smaller difference in the salaries of the executive and those of the store employees, is also true.
Whole Foods Also has list of core values which it is said to abide by. The first is to sell high quality products. In 2012, Whole Foods starting using new quality standards for meat and poultry that took five years to develop (Vandermey, 2012). It also has changed labeling to be more clear as to the impact the cleaning product has on the environment. All of these new standards shows that Whole Foods is living up to its core value to provide high quality products.
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