Yum! Brands holds employee development week


Yum! Brands has held an employee development week for its Louisville-based staff to help employees explore aspects of their personal wellbeing and build on skills to further their professional development.

Its Grow Yourself Week, which took place from 18 September 2017, offered more than 30 professional and personal development opportunities. This included activities and courses focused on physical, mental, social and financial wellbeing in order to take an inclusive approach to employee development and enable staff to explore all areas of their personal wellbeing.

Throughout the week, Yum! Brands, which owns brands such as KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, offered fitness classes, including barre, yoga, Pilates and cardio bootcamp to target employees’ physical wellbeing.

It also held a session to educate staff about how volunteering and involvement with non-profit boards could contribute to their personal and professional growth.

The week also included sessions aimed at helping employees build their professional development, such as courses on project management, networking with confidence, how millennials impact the workplace, and cultivating confidence, as well as the opportunity for staff to take a Myers-Briggs personality test and attend a corresponding workshop. In addition, author Dorie Clark gave a keynote presentation on personal branding.

The week is part of the organisation’s wider Building People Capability strategy, which is designed to unlock employees’ career potential through a holistic performance management process.

Mark Lagestee, corporate chief of people and vice president of global talent management and organisational development at Yum! Brands, said: “Investing in our unrivalled culture and talent is a top priority for us as we build the world’s most loved, trusted and fastest-growing restaurant brands. We’re passionate about offering innovative learning programmes, experiences and tools like Grow Yourself Week in order to train and grow the next generation of leaders so they can be their best at work and home.”