Dot Foods Inc., a leading North America food industry redistributor, announced the company has earned certification as a Great Place To Work for the second consecutive year. Beginning in 2021, Dot has partnered with the Great Place to Work, the global leader in workplace culture, to survey and assess employee experience.
“We highly value employee feedback and conduct annual surveys, aligning with Dot’s culture of continuous improvement,” Dot Foods CEO Joe Tracy, said in the announcement. “For the second year, we chose to work with Great Place To Work in conducting those surveys. We pride ourselves on our workplace culture here at Dot. Culture is something we have to continuously prioritize and nurture. The survey feedback helps give us the insight needed to continuously enhance our positive employee experiences.”
The Great Place To Work’s Trust Index Survey serves as the data source for the annual Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list and more than 70 Best Workplaces lists. The 60-question survey is designed to measure five key focus areas: credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie.
About 6,500 employees across the United States and Canada had a one-month window in which to complete the survey this summer. This year, the company increased employee participation in the survey process and improved its results; 78% of respondents said that Dot is a great place to work, up 2% from 2021. A typical U.S. company scores 59%, according to Great Place to Work’s research.
Additional areas that showed positive response include community involvement, employee engagement, and Dot’s continuous work on its inclusion and diversity journey.
“The information we can gather by partnering with Great Place to Work helps us better understand where we stand in the eyes of our employees,” Matt Holt, Dot’s vice president of human resources, added in the announcement. “We are digging into all the great new data and working to further develop corporate action plans. This year, we will also develop departmental action plans, based on employee feedback, so we can address areas of opportunity. This will help us retain and recruit stellar employees going forward to meet the needs of Dot’s growth.”
Truck driver Charles Harryman is one of the company’s newest employees, hired to work at its 13th U.S. distribution center, which is currently under construction in Manchester, Tennessee. “Dot is not a regular trucking company,” he said in the announcement. “You can talk to anyone and get answers. They treat you like family and not a number. Being named a Great Place to Work means we take care of our people. Most trucking companies don’t have that quality or good reviews. When you see things like this, you know it’s more than a normal trucking company.“
Warehouse worker Jacob Baker has been part of the team at the company’s Indiana location for 13 years. “I feel appreciated working for Dot, not just by local leadership, but by the Tracy family and other managers in the business,” Baker said in the announcement. “I am treated like I matter. I have worked places where that didn’t happen, but I’ve always felt that at Dot. I’m proud to work here and really happy Dot was named a Great Place to Work again.”