Denny’s today announced that it has been named one of the Top 100 Most Loved Workplaces for 2021 by Newsweek and Best Practice Institute for its longstanding commitment to employee satisfaction through opportunities for career growth, exceptional healthcare benefits and a love for serving people.
This recognition is a first-time achievement for America’s Diner. With Guiding Principles centered on people-first, openness to all people and ideas, and innovative thinking, Denny’s continues to create a culture of inclusivity, mentorship and wellness.
“At Denny’s, we are committed to the whole employee. From onboarding to wellness programs to internal career growth, Denny’s is constantly looking for ways to improve upon our people-first commitment, whether its within our support centers or in our restaurants,” says Gail Sharps Myers, Chief People Officer at Denny’s. “At Denny’s, we are passionate about feeding the careers of our employees and receiving this recognition is an excellent validation that our employees are excited about working for a brand that cultivates a culture of creation and an environment of openness from our leadership team.”
Denny’s believes that supporting employees means providing various opportunities for advancement both professionally and personally – some of Denny’s most profitable franchisees started out as servers, hosts and cooks. The brand places an emphasis on career advancement and professional mobility with opportunities to participate in leading-edge restaurant training. Mentorship programs, access to senior leadership, and creating a culture of equity and inclusivity are available throughout the company, providing the Denny’s family the opportunity for successful careers within the restaurant industry.
At the brand’s core, the purpose has remained the same since the beginning, Denny’s loves to feed people – all people. This commitment is not just centered around food, but also includes supporting and serving others. Denny’s continues to put its people first with multiple initiatives like Share the Love, the brand’s recognition throughout the company for good works; reimbursement for academic achievements; seven employee-created business resource groups; company mentorship and coaching opportunities for developing leaders; the Power Fund to support employees in its support centers and restaurants during personal challenges; and the opportunity to give back to the community with paid volunteer days.
“In the wake of the pandemic, businesses hit hurdles in terms of retaining and attracting employees – but the companies that made this list are delivering the respect, care and appreciation that it takes to create a positive workplace that nurtures talent,” says Nancy Cooper, Global Editor in Chief, Newsweek.