Keeping our associates safe and providing benefits, fair pay, and labor stability that support their mental and physical health.
Contributing to the long-term well-being and livelihood of our communities through holistic care for our associates, their families, and loved ones.
Demonstrating the interconnectedness of safety, human rights, economic opportunity and societal well-being and contributing to safer and healthier global populations.
Our mission of delivering healthy food to more people has brought us an exceptional team of dedicated and like-minded associates – and we don’t take them for granted. Our thankU associate recognition program is intended to celebrate our associates that work in our facilities and distribution centers and make our associates feel appreciated for all of the hard work they put in toward advancing UNFI’s values and mission.
To hold onto the best of the best in this competitive market, it’s essential that we support a culture that reflects diverse backgrounds and meets the personal and professional needs of each and every one of our associates. That begins by offering spaces to connect and learn about one another – we also embed Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in existing trainings to make them more accessible and more easily accomplished, and to demonstrate the importance of belonging in all facets of our organization. We believe every level of the organization can benefit from further education.
We also prioritize the emotional well-being of our associates by offering free, confidential, and professional counseling services for associates and members of their household.
- ComPsych Employee Assistance
- Calm Sleep & Meditation App
- Fresh Perspectives Series
- Real Talk Discussions
- UNFILTERED Podcast
- Inclusion 101 Training
- thankU Appreciation Hub
- Service Awards
- Circle of Excellence Program
With more jobs available across all sectors, wages are rising and job seekers have options. We haven’t been exempt from the repercussions of current labor market conditions, especially when it comes to open roles, turnover, and retention of our warehouse and driver associates. We’re keeping a constant eye on the labor market and continue to look for ways to improve the work environment for our associates and be an employer of choice.
We have and will continue to increase distribution center associate wages to differentiate UNFI from competitors, attract and retain a sustainable workforce, and strengthen our ability to win in the marketplace.
- Pay/Performance Bonuses
- Auto Deposit into Pay Card
- 401K Savings & Company Match
- Health & Flexible Savings Accounts
- Easy Options Discount Program
- UNFI Assist Relief Fund
- Early Access
Retaining talent also means equipping and preparing our associates to lead through tomorrow’s challenges. Associates have access to our dynamic BetterU career development platform, which leverages best practices in adult-learning science and the latest research to ensure our programs deliver timely and relevant tools and skills. The platform now houses our learning content on DEI, safety, harassment, and more, and facilitates quarterly performance check-ins with a place to document and review development goals.
These development opportunities also carry offline with access to programs like Warehouse to Wheels, which empowers associates to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) free of charge, tuition stipends for continued learning, and more.
- Warehouse to Wheels
- Resources in English and Spanish
- GED Support
- Emerge New Leader Training
- Evolve Mid-Level Leader Development
- Elevate Executive Development
- BetterU Modules
- Operations Leadership Academy
Sometimes, the best resource we can give is time. Work-life balance is one of the gap areas that our associates voiced in our annual Your Voice. Our Future. Associate Engagement Survey, and we’re taking that to heart.
We try to encourage work-life balance by allowing our associates to pick shifts that align better with their personal schedules, adding paid time for associates to engage in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion activities and Better for All initiatives, offering additional support and services for working parents, and more.
- Parental Leave
- Paid Time Off
- Bright Horizons
- Belonging and Inclusion Groups
- Better for All Time Policy