Read more: “Difficult decisions have served us well during the pandemic,” says Dine Brands CPO
With more than 3,400 combined restaurants in 16 countries and approximately 340 franchisees, Dine Brands is one of the largest full-service restaurant companies in the world. The Glendale, Calif.-based company has been recognized for its efforts in developing, strengthening and showcasing its corporate culture over the past year. Highlights include the promotion of more than 50 team members to leadership roles, the launch of six team member resource groups, and the creation of an “Embrace All Day” program at the company-wide to give team members nine hours of paid time off (PTO) to volunteer for a philanthropic activity or celebrate a day of personal cultural significance.
Additionally, the company updated its tuition reimbursement program to allow for continued education and career development. More than half (57%) of employees believe employers should play a role in helping them pay off student debt, according to Betterment. Additionally, 85% of employees with student debt would likely quit their job if they found an employer who helped them manage their debt.
That’s why tuition reimbursements are on the rise, as companies compete for talent during the Great Resignation. Through 2025, employers can continue to pay up to $5,250 per employee per year for eligible education expenses without increasing the employee’s gross taxable income under Section 127 of the Internal Revenue Code. In February, Herschend Enterprises, which oversees Dolly Parton’s theme park and resort, Dollywood, announced that it would cover all tuition, fees and books for employees wishing to continue their education. Companies with similar plans include Amazon, Walmart, Starbucks and Newport Beach, Calif.-based Chipotle.
More than 90% of employees believe that at Dine Brands people are treated fairly, and 88% of respondents said they felt they made a difference in the company, according to data from Great Place to Work.