Making sure every Melaleuca Team Member is in the right position is vital to the company’s success as it ensures they thrive in their roles and the company moves forward with the momentum of a powerful team. To that end, Team Members recently came together at Melaleuca’s annual career fair, aimed exclusively at its existing workforce. A key element in creating the company’s promotion-from-within culture, the career fair showcases existing talent to department managers while furthering the careers of Team Members.
Held in Rexburg and Idaho Falls, the two-day fair allowed Team Members to further their career paths, meet with leadership from other departments, learn about open jobs, and discuss the skills needed to fulfill them.
Additionally, when Team Members saw a particular job that interested them, they learned what skills would be required for that position, the job responsibilities, possible career paths associated with that position, and the salary range. Managers held initial interviews during the event.
Hundreds of Team Members participated in the 2022 career fair, and Melaleuca’s major departments were all represented at the event.
Career Growth at Melaleuca
Melaleuca has benefitted by creating a workplace where Team Members want to stay for the long haul. Career advancement plays a major role in their decision, and the statistics show that it is working.
In 2021, Melaleuca promoted 361 Team Members, and in 2022, Melaleuca has already had over 300 internal promotions. That number will grow for the year through the final quarter.
“We’ve had cooks become analysts, forklift drivers develop into scientists and team members from the call centers rise to become vice presidents,” said Melaleuca President Cole Clinger. “Their stories are not the exception. Melaleuca actively trains and develops Team Members and then promotes them to different positions based on their talent and potential.”
Melaleuca’s mission statement of “enhancing the lives of those we touch” extends to its Team Members. They engage in regular one-on-one meetings with their managers, where they discuss career goals, expectations, and growth opportunities.
Managers are encouraged to support the development of their direct reports by providing timely and honest feedback, discussing growth opportunities, and coordinating with Human Resources when it comes to interdepartmental transitions.
Working at Melaleuca
This kind of culture, one that nourishes Team Member growth and advancement, doesn’t happen by accident. The company acknowledges how difficult it is to make the team, and it invests heavily in the growth and development of each individual it hires.
“At Melaleuca, we want to hire the best and the brightest Team Members available and then work with them to ensure that they reach their full potential,” said Clinger. “Part of this process is helping them find the right position where they can truly excel.”
Opportunities like the annual career fair provide the exposure needed to make that a possibility. Not only does it give Team Members a chance to learn about career opportunities within Melaleuca, but it also gives hiring managers a chance to collect resumes from interested parties who already understand Melaleuca’s business, mission, culture, and high expectations.
Career Longevity with Melaleuca
Inevitably, a culture of internal growth creates a team of loyal Team Members. That culture is evidenced annually when longevity bonuses are given to Team Members, both part-time and full-time. These bonuses award Team Members $5,000 for a five-year service anniversary, $10,000 at 10 years, $15,000 at 15 years, $33,000 ($20,000 net) for 20 years, $25,000 for 25 years, and $30,000 for 30 years.
In total, The Wellness Company has paid $36,212,306 in Loyalty and Long-Term Contribution Bonuses since the program began in 2007.
“It’s gratifying to realize how many people are spending their entire careers and going through life with us,” says Melaleuca Executive Chairman Frank VanderSloot. “We believe that employees who have helped us build Melaleuca should share in the wealth.”
Last year, these longevity bonuses celebrating Melaleuca Team Members reached $2.2 million for 170 Team Members.
Forbes Names Melaleuca one of America’s Best Employers
For three years in a row, Melaleuca has been recognized on Forbes’ list of America’s Best Employers as voted by tens of thousands of anonymous surveys from American workers.
This list only consists of less than one percent of American companies and takes into consideration categories such as company reputation, work environment, compensation, benefits, growth opportunities, workplace culture, and more. Forbes also named Melaleuca as one of America’s best employers for women in 2022. Melaleuca is the only Idaho-based company that made the Forbes list.