Papa John’s exec on people focus: ‘Culture eats strategy for breakfast’

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Papa John’s new chief people officer, Marvin Boakye, who had been appointed in January, stated in the release that Papa John’s wants to be “an employer of choice in the market.”

“This brand new tuition benefit program not only provides our staff members with a tremendous career development opportunity, but it provides us a competitive advantage in the market that will make us as an organization,” he added. Purdue University Global chancellor Betty Vandenbosch said in a statement that the school was “thrilled” with the arrangement.

“Our new relationship with Papa John’s is an example of how we can help organizations fulfill the rising demand for educated and trained employees while developing a personalized, high-quality education for pupils that fits their busy schedules,” she said.

Employees at the pizza series are eligible for free tuition at the institution if they have worked over 20 hours per week for at least 90 days. They can pursue 180 degrees, such as those outside specific hospitality programs, such as technology. Textbooks and course materials are contained in the offer, and the application fee is waived. Employees can enroll in applications such as associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees.

Franchisees’ workers will receive a tuition reduction for associate and bachelor’s degrees and a 14 percent decrease for master’s levels, as well as waived application fees. Course materials also will be covered, a company spokesperson stated.

A little under a quarter of Papa John’s 2,729 North American places, as of Sept. 30, 2018, were firm owned. The remainder were franchised. The company also franchised 1,840 units abroad.

An associate’s degree in accounting from Purdue University Global and a bachelor’s degree in that field normally cost $33,390 and $66,780, respectively, according to a Purdue customer support representative.

“People are the main ingredient and we are always looking for new ways to make Papa John’s a much better place to work,” Papa John’s president and CEO Steve Ritchie said in a media release. “We believe this is a truly unique tuition program within our industry. We are excited to partner

with such a well-respected institution to help us deliver on this type of robust career growth opportunity for team members who want to pursue their targets and further their education.”

Papa John’s International Inc., said it has teamed up with Purdue University Global to provide free tuition for its 20,000 corporate employees and “significant” discounts for franchisees’ employees who enroll in the online degree plan.

The program of Purdue Global is intended to allow adults to pursue their degrees at their own pace.

Aside from attempting to boost employee satisfaction at a very challenging labor market, this move comes in the wake of a difficult season for Papa John’s that included accusations of poisonous company culture and the battle between current management and founder and former CEO John Schnatter.

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