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Melaleuca awards over over $3.2 million in employee bonuses

IDAHO FALLS — Melaleuca celebrated 238 team members who achieved groundbreaking work anniversaries this year by rewarding them with over $3.2 million on Wednesday. Each team member received a check ranging from $5,000 to just over $31,000 in recognition of their years of loyalty to the company’s mission to improve lives.

This year, Melaleuca’s loyalty and long-term contribution bonus payout was the highest it’s ever been — more than $500,000.

This long-term program pays team members $5,000 for a five-year service anniversary, $10,000 for 10 years, $15,000 for 15 years, $31,323 ($20,000 net) for 20 years, $25,000 for 25 years, $30,000 for 30 years, and $35,000 for 35 years. It applies to all employees, regardless of position or salary level, and the only requirement is seniority with the company.

That year, 24 team members earned checks worth $30,000, 13 opened checks worth $25,000, 19 received checks worth $31,323 ($20,000 net), and 56 earned checks worth $15,000. Melaleuca also presented checks for $10,000 to 37 employees and checks for $5,000 to 88 employees.

Jerry Felton

“Today’s celebration recognizes the achievements, hard work and dedication of our team members to our global mission to improve lives,” said Jerry Felton, CEO of Melaleuca. “Because of the loyal and long-term commitment and contributions of these team members, Melaleuca is pleased to share the wealth with those who are walking the distance with us. They have earned our highest respect and this bonus is a confirmation of our deepest appreciation for them.”

The bonuses were distributed to 191 team members living in Idaho, 44 ​​from Knoxville, Tennessee, 3 from Hawaii and 2 from Puerto Rico.

“Melaleuca has grown so much since the day I started in April 1997,” said Julie Miller, a paralegal who received a check for $25,000. “Despite this growth, Melaleuca has never outgrown the appreciation and care for its team members. Melaleuca has been like a second family to me, and while the longevity bonus isn’t expected, it’s a wonderful token of appreciation.”

Paid over $36 million in longevity bonuses to date

The Wellness Company has paid out over $36 million in loyalty and long-term contribution bonuses since the program began in 2007. Melaleuca pays different types of bonuses each year, such as B. Profit sharing, recognition bonuses and performance and productivity bonuses.

“In March 1992, I never thought I would stay with the same company for 30 years,” said Jenny Christiansen, a purchasing manager who received a check for $30,000. “I have found my working family. I plan to go with Melaleuca for the long term, which for me is many more years here.”

Retire a millionaire

Before the longevity bonuses were distributed, Frank VanderSloot, Melaleuca Executive Chairman, and other company executives advised the bonus recipients. They expressed appreciation for their years of service and encouraged them to save for retirement with the money they received.

Melaleuca celebration

“Our goal is for all Melaleuca employees to retire millionaires,” said VanderSloot.

Each 30-year-old team member has the opportunity to save over $1 million for retirement at Melaleuca by utilizing the company’s 401(k) matching program, investing their longevity awards, and earning a modest return on that investment.

“Just take the money and invest it wisely and safely,” advised VanderSloot. “The number one investment secret is to start now. They want that money to earn interest for as long as possible. They say those who understand interest earn it and those who don’t understand pay it.”

Melaleuca Senior Logistics Manager Steve Bale, who celebrated his 30th anniversary this year, intends to take VanderSloot’s advice and use his bonus check to prepare for retirement.

“Melaleuca has given me a long-term career that has allowed me to work with the best and brightest people,” said Bale. “The longevity rewards received over the years will one day provide a fulfilling retirement.”

Melaleuca, now in its 37th year, has grown to 4,589 team members worldwide, with 1,709 employees in the United States.

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