A female Boots pharmacist attending to a female customer

Our goal is to proactively support the personal health and wellbeing of our employees. Please read the stories below to learn more about our initiatives in this area.


Employee health and benefits

At Walgreens Boots Alliance, proactively supporting the personal health and wellbeing of our employees is a top priority. Walgreens Boots Alliance manages healthcare and benefits offered to full- and part-time employees, at the national level. To learn more about the benefits packages we offer our employees, please see the 2018 CSR report.

 

Mental health support for UK employees

With one in four people in the UK affected by mental health issues in any given year, Boots UK turned its attention to supporting mental wellbeing among its employees in fiscal 2018. In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week in May, Boots UK published 5 Ways to Wellbeing— a set of simple actions employees can focus on to help them maintain good mental health. The actions foster discussion of, and focus on, mental wellbeing within the workplace, while encouraging personal reflection. In addition to organic conversation, the 5 Ways were distributed to leaders for facilitating proactive conversations with their teams, and the actions were added to apprentice handbooks.

 

Supporting employees in crisis

The Walgreen Benefit Fund in the U.S. and the Boots Benevolent Fund in the UK—both funded by charitable donations— assist current employees and retirees experiencing hardship, such as financial difficulty due to accidents, long-term illnesses or natural disasters. During fiscal 2018 the U.S. fund, which is a nonprofit private foundation, provided more than $2.8 million in assistance to more than 2,600 employees and retirees, while the UK fund helped more than 200 employees with more than £323,000 ($435,000) in grants and loans.


Employee retention data

At Walgreens Boots Alliance, our people are one of our greatest assets. We strive to be a place where our employees love to work and we continuously help provide opportunities to develop their careers. We recognize that retaining our employees is critical to achieve efficient operations. The following tables show the number of employees in each Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance and our one-year and five-year employee retention rates as of August 31, 2018.


Employees by Division1

As of August 31, 20182

Retail Pharmacy USA

244,000

Retail Pharmacy International

83,000

Pharmaceutical Wholesale

27,000

 

354,000

 

Employee retention

As of August 31,
20182 (%)

As of August 31,
2017 (%)

As of August 31,
2016 (%)

Working for 
Walgreens Boots Alliance > 1 year

79

79

76

Working for 
Walgreens Boots Alliance > 5 years3

44

43

42

 
1 Employees of fully owned Walgreens Boots Alliance businesses; does not include employees of companies in which Walgreens Boots Alliance has equity method investments.
2 Fiscal 2018 data within Deloitte & Touche LLP’s review scope as detailed on pages 90-91 of our CSR Report.
3 Includes existing employees of businesses that have become part of Walgreens Boots Alliance.

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