Workplace wellness


Our employees are the key to our success.

At our facilities, in our communities and with our brands’ involvement, General Mills encourages our employees to live healthy lifestyles.

We value our employees and provide benefits specific to the needs of each geography, including retirement savings plans, health care coverage and flexible work arrangements.

Balance and flexibility

We dedicate resources to help employees balance the demands of work and personal life. Our programs are targeted to support the needs of employees wherever they work. 

We offer special leave programs and an onsite health clinic at our headquarters, fitness centers at several of our production facilities and office locations, and partnerships with community-based programs.

Our education and referral programs provide information and resources on important subjects, such as child care, adoption information, elder care and more.

We offer flexible work arrangements to accommodate employees, including telecommuting, flextime and the innovative Flexible User Shared Environment program that allows employees to create workspaces that best suit their personal and business needs.

Health and well-being

We support our employees with resources to aid them in being active, eating healthy and staying well.

We provide information about health and wellness resources and provide preventive health initiatives at many of our facilities around the world, including free onsite flu shots, ergonomic training and onsite physical exams.

We encourage good nutrition and offer employees healthy dining choices at our facilities.

We provide employees with opportunities to increase physical activity as part of our core wellness offerings. Initiatives vary by region, including onsite fitness centers and exercise rooms, company-sponsored or -endorsed runs and walks, yoga classes, soccer teams and volleyball tournaments.

Our LifeWorks Employee Assistance program helps employees build resiliency through counseling, emotional support, and referrals to employees and their families in the United States.

"Walk in Her Shoes"

In 2015, employees from around the world participated in “Walk in Her Shoes,” an initiative that encourages employees to increase physical activity while learning more about our partnership with the humanitarian organization CARE USA, which has helped more than 5 million people in Africa and India through programs that break cycles of extreme hunger and poverty.

  • More than 1,300 employees from around the world participated in May 2015.
  • More than 37 million steps were taken, surpassing our goal – and the 27 million steps walked by employees in 2014.
  • Stories of girls in our program were shared each day as a motivation to walk.
  • Teams were created and encouraged in friendly competition around daily step challenges.

Annual evaluation

We evaluate our work/life balance programs annually in an effort to meet employees’ changing needs. We’re proud of the progress we’ve made.

Learn more

2016 Annual Report

150 years of growth 

Global Responsibility

2016 report