HR Strange But True!
June 23, 2006

Operating on the theory that a happy home life makes for more productive employees, Chick-fil-A is offering its workers and franchise operators a host of marriage-friendly programs, including seminars, counseling from on-call psychologists, and even marriage retreats.

"You can't expect people to do well in their business if they've got problems at home," Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy told USA Today.

Cathy, 85, has been married for 57 years. His company spends millions each year on programs designed to enrich couples relationships. He will be honored Saturday at the national Smart Marriages Conference in Atlanta.

While many HR departments offer employee assistance programs for workers having trouble at home, Chick-fil-A is among a very few that dip further into the private home lives of employees.

"Everybody in a managerial position knows the effects of a marriage falling apart," Tim Gardner, founder of a consulting firm in Westfield, Indiana, told USA Today. But for such programs to become widespread, he said, "it's going to take some innovative, front-line companies and hearing back from people that we're not offending our gay and lesbian couples, not offending our singles and those living together."

Source: USA Today

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