Now Accepting “Remarkable Futures” Scholarship Applications
The Remarkable Futures Scholarship application period for the 2020-2021 academic year is now open for Team Members.
Team Members may be eligible to apply for two different scholarships: the $25,000 True Inspiration Scholarship and $2,500 Leadership Scholarship.
Applications for Team Member scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year can be found on cfa.scholarsapply.org. Applications will be open until Dec. 3, however you must notify Ken Massey by email no later than Sunday November 10 to request your recommendation. Please email Jeremy if you have any questions.
Who Do You Know That Would Be Perfect for Our Team?
Referrals Can Earn You a $100 Gift Card
Know someone that would be perfect for Chick-fil-A? Refer them and you could receive a $100 gift card! We offer an incentive to our team members to encourage you all to refer you friends or family members to apply for employment with Chick-fil-A South Mopac and Chick-fil-A Ben White.
If you know someone that you feel would be a good fit for the Chick-fil-A Team, please use this form to submit up to 10 emails addresses for potential applicants. We will send them a special invite and let them know you think they’re perfect for Chick-fil-A!
Celebrating Birthdays and Anniversaries
What a wonderful group of people celebrating their birthdays in October! Happy Birthday to each of you, we’re glad you are a part of our Chick-fil-A family!
And, wow, several work anniversaries this month! Thank you all for your years of service, we couldn’t do it without you!
Thank you for all you do to make Chick-fil-A a special place!
Open Enrollment for Team Member Health Insurance
Open Enrollment for 2019 begins Monday, Nov. 5th and closes at 11:59 pm on Friday, Nov. 16th. If you would like to find out more or if you have questions regarding an existing plan, please email Jeremy or Donna. Thank you!
Chick-fil-A Announces No Antibiotic Ever Chicken
Chick-fil-A has reached its goal to serve 100% chicken with No Antibiotics Ever (NAE), an achievement that demonstrates the brand’s commitment to Customers and serving food prepared with high-quality ingredients.
This goal was reached a few months early, and the PR team is now publicly sharing the story of No Antibiotics Ever chicken with media and Customers.
“This was a Customer-driven move that is one of the boldest in the industry,” said David Farmer, Sr. Vice President, Restaurant Experience.
What Does It Mean?
Put simply, this designation means no antibiotics of any kind are administered during the life cycle of Chick-fil-A’s chicken supply. By not allowing any antibiotics of any kind, Chick-fil-A chicken meets the highest commitment for nonantibiotic use. A few competitors made similar commitments, but they don’t sell nearly the same volume of chicken. Others may only remove antibiotics also used for humans.
First and foremost, this decision is driven by Chick-fil-A’s commitment to serving food Customers can feel good about eating. It’s also clear this issue is becoming a high priority for Customers: 61% of consumers say they are likely to purchase antibiotic-free poultry, according to Technomics research.
Stewardship: What It Means and Why It Matters
In his first blog post, Brent Ragsdale talks stewardship, what it means and why it matters.
Our business has changed a lot since my days as a Team Member many years ago. (I’d rather not say how many years—let's just say some of you weren’t born yet, and I had a full head of hair.) But the fundamental principles on which Chick-fil-A was founded have not changed.
Stewardship was incredibly important to Truett. And it remains a key component of our Corporate Purpose: “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”
Given my role, I often get questions from both Operators and Staff: “OK Brent, but what does that mean? And if this is part of our purpose, “How can I be a better steward of what’s been entrusted to me here at Chick-fil-A?”
I started this blog to talk to you more about the “why” behind our financial philosophy as a company, and how we approach corporate stewardship. My hope is you’ll also find simple lessons you can apply to your own life—personally and professionally—about how to be a better steward of your own blessings.
Risk and the Parable of the Talents
Let’s start with exactly what we mean when we say stewardship. The dictionary defines stewardship as “the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care.” At Chick-fil-A, when we’re managing what’s been given to us well, we’re focused on multiplying it. If we’re just squirreling away our gifts to the benefit of no one—that's not stewardship.
One of my favorite parables is found in Matthew 25, the Parable of the Talents.
In this story, a master gives some of his wealth (this wealth is referred to as “talents,” a unit of value from biblical times) to three servants. Two of them invested wisely and doubled what had been entrusted to them, and they were rewarded. The third only buried his, fearing the consequences if he had risked losing it. That servant was reprimanded.
Without wise investment, Chick-fil-A wouldn’t be on track to become a $12 billion company this year. If Truett had never taken appropriate risk, our company may never have existed. Where would we be if he’d never dared to put fried chicken on a buttered bun, or pioneered the first quick-service restaurants within a mall?
Stewardship is a good balance of wise investment and appropriate risk.
So how are you stewarding what’s been entrusted to you?
I’m looking forward to this ongoing conversation and learning about some of the principles that guide your own life and business decisions. Please don’t hesitate to share those with me, or suggest ideas for future conversations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.