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Infinium established the Do Great Work Award three years ago to honor Infinium customers whose corporate culture encourages and inspires employees to Do Great Work both on the job and in their community. The Award is given annually to the organization that best demonstrates innovative and effective leadership in implementing work/life programs, such as time-off for volunteering and supporting the community through monetary or material donations.
Infinium selected Sonic in recognition of its supportive corporate culture that motivates its employees to excel both at work, and in their community.
"'Doing different, special and better things to surprise and delight everyone touched by the Sonic brand' isn't just one of the Company's core values, it's the mindset of the more than 55,000 Sonic employees nationwide,'' said Jill Hudson, Vice President of Corporate Human Resources and Office Administration at Sonic Corp. "We're honored to accept the Do Great Work Award, and pleased that Infinium recognizes the need to help give back to the communities in which they do business.''
At the Dr Pepper Sonic Games, an annual Olympic-style competition, employees from drive-ins nationwide compete for a chance to be named one of the Top 10 Sonic Drive-Ins. The Get Caught Red-Handed F.B.I. (Fun Building Initiative) Program rewards employees for doing great work. This Program will award employees more than $500,000 in cash and prizes this year alone. Every month, at Sonic's corporate headquarters, employees gather for a luncheon with the CEO, who hands out hand-selected work humor T-shirts to employees. Also at the luncheon, departments take turns presenting to others what they do and how their jobs fit into the big picture. In addition, employees can earn Sonic Stamps for going above and beyond that can be redeemed for merchandise.
Sonic encourages its employees to Do Great Work for the benefit of the organization and the customers it serves.
Sonic in the Community
Sonic Corp. maintains a focused philanthropic policy to assist organizations that provide educational opportunities to Oklahomans, ages four to 22. Last year, Sonic Corp. supported 35 organizations through cash or in-kind donations. Sonic employees realize that their success depends on the success of the local community. One of the ways Sonic maintains its educational philanthropic focus is through a partnership with neighboring Wilson Arts Integration School. For nearly five years, many Sonic corporate employees have given one hour per workweek (paid for by the Company) to serve as tutors and role models to students. During the holidays, Sonic throws a party for the school and provides each student with a gift, such as a new backpack, filled with games and educational toys. Sonic also donated more than 100 computers to Wilson and other organizations this year. And, when deadly tornadoes swept through the central part of Oklahoma in May 1999, 350 Sonic corporate and drive-in employees donated their time and more than 10,000 hamburgers to tornado victims and relief workers.
Sonic employees are encouraged to Do Great Work in their communities.
"Sonic is a shining example of how a successful organization can give back to its employees and the community it serves,'' said David Gutch, Infinium Senior Vice President of Sales-Americas and Worldwide Marketing. "We have been privileged to serve Sonic since 1994, and we look forward to working with them as they continue to Do Great Work.''
Sonic, which specializes in made-to-order fast food, is known for its specialty menu items and personal Carhop service. Popular menu items include Toaster Sandwiches (Chicken Club and Bacon Cheddar Burger on thick Texas Toast), Extra-Long Cheese Coneys (hot dogs with chili and cheese), hamburgers, fresh-made Onion Rings, Tater Tots and a variety of Frozen and Fountain Favorites(TM) such as Cream Pie Shakes and Cherry Limeades. Sonic started as a hamburger and root beer stand in 1953 in Shawnee, Okla., and has grown to more than 2,200 drive-ins in 28 states. Sonic is the nation's largest chain of drive-in restaurants. More than three-quarters of a million people eat at Sonic Drive-Ins every day. For more information about Sonic Corp. and its subsidiaries, visit Sonic on the Internet at www.sonicdrivein.com.
Infinium is a provider of enterprise business solutions and services that include: human resources, payroll, financial management, customer relationship management, materials management, process manufacturing, business intelligence analytics and application service provider offerings optimized for the IBM iSeries. Infinium has 1,800 customers worldwide representing a variety of industries including: hospitality and gaming, transportation and distribution, manufacturing, healthcare, retail, and financial services. Founded in 1981, Infinium has offices worldwide and is headquartered in Hyannis, Massachusetts. For more information please visit www.infinium.com.