McDonald’s Thanks Employees with Bonuses, Works to Ensure Employee Safety

Restaurant giant McDonald’s has announced it will be giving every corporate-owned restaurant employee a bonus, which is equal to 10 percent of pay earned in May.
“McDonald’s restaurant employees have been and will continue to be our primary focus through this crisis,” The brand said in a statement on their website. “They are vital to serving our customers and supporting our communities. Throughout this crisis, they’ve been there - managing through waves of uncertainty and never wavering in their commitment. Beyond that, so many of our franchisees are providing enhanced compensation programs – appreciation pay, bonuses, gift cards, and more – to show people how much they’re valued.  These actions and many others show our people that we care about their safety, security, and well-being.”
In the same press release, the brand also said it is working hard to make sure its employees are staying safe and healthy as well. Some of the ways McDonald’s is doing that include:

  • Almost 50 new safety measures such as barriers, wellness checks, masks, and gloves
  • Paid sick leave for those affected by COVID-19
  • Doubled first quarter incentive bonuses to qualifying restaurant managers, ranging from $800 to $4,000
  • Provided a 24/7 Blue Cross Blue Shield nurse hotline for employees and their families
  • Employee assistance and emotional support counseling for employees as well as their families
Loyalty360 has previously written about McDonald’s thanks to one of their other initiatives, called the “Thank You Meals.” This program began April 22 and ended last week, specifically Tuesday, May 5. Those “Thank You Meals” were provided to healthcare workers, police officers, firefighters, and paramedics free of charge to thank them for what they are doing during the pandemic. There was even a note of appreciation provided in the meal to thank the workers with even more than the meal. After six days of the program, McDonald’s had announced they had already given away four million meals to healthcare workers and first responders, which is the equivalent of $20 million in value.
“Since we launched the Thank You Meal program … the response from our franchisees, restaurant crews and customers has been incredible,” said Joe Erlinger, McDonald’s U.S. President, on the brand’s website. “In my nearly 20 years at McDonald’s, I’ve never been more proud of the way the McDonald’s system has come together to give back in the communities we serve.”

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