Delta is 6th Best Employer: A line of people of different ethnicities to illustrate Delta reports.
The increase in ethnic representation falls in line with Delta's 2020 initiative to have more underrepresented groups hired | © Delta

Delta Airlines placed No. 6 on Forbes’ list of the World’s Best Employers for 2022, up 14 positions from the previous year. Delta is not only the highest-ranked airline on the list but also the most dominant company outside of the tech industry.

Delta was also recognized as one of the top 100 firms on Forbes’ 2022 Best Employers for Diversity list, as well as one of the publication’s Best Workplaces for Women in the United States this year.

And for the ninth consecutive year, on Fortune’s list of the World’s Most Admired Airlines, Delta placed higher than any other U.S. carrier, trailing only Singapore Airlines.

Market research company Statista requested its anonymous poll respondents to rate their employers on a variety of factors, including talent development, gender equality, economic impact and image, and social responsibility. Based on data from independent polls of 150,000 full- and part-time employees at large corporations from 57 countries, Forbes rates employers in its annual list.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian congratulated all their employees on this outstanding achievement and said,

Their hard work, dedication and ability to navigate the most difficult of circumstances demonstrated over the past two years deserves to be globally recognized. Securing the highest spot for an airline on the Top 50 list this year is an honor, and a testament to our commitment to keep climbing.

“Our people are our most worthy investment,” said Joanne Smith, Delta’s E.V.P and Chief People Officer, in a recent essay on the airline’s commitment to its people-focused culture.

When we’re recognized by an institution like Forbes as one of the World’s Best Employers for 2022, it’s a meaningful affirmation of the ways we listen – and act – when our people share with us their unique needs and goals.

Comprehensive Health Coverage for Delta Family

Delta’s success is powered by its people-focused safety and service culture. Delta provided unparalleled help to employees’ health and well-being during the pandemic.

This included providing over one million free COVID tests, safeguarding pay for individuals with COVID-19, and implementing a vaccination campaign that led to virtually all Delta employees being vaccinated devoid of any compulsion.

It accomplished all these humanitarian efforts without underpaying a single person. Moreover, Delta employees and their loved ones now have access to 12 free mental health sessions per issue, per family member, every year.

Delta will strengthen its commitment to its people’s overall well-being in 2023 by improving family building, parental leave, and caregiving benefits to strengthen and expand the health benefits program.

This includes reproductive aid, surrogacy and additional adoption assistance, expanded maternity and parental bonding leave, and caregiving alternatives for excellent, last-minute care for children, adults, or pets.

While Delta employees’ healthcare costs will not rise for the fifth year in a row, they will have access to healthcare advocates who can help them manage their healthcare journey.

Delta Committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Delta has included Skills-First model as part of its hiring strategy. © Delta

Delta remains committed to actively seeking diversity, aggressively pursuing equity, and purposefully promoting inclusion throughout the organization. Delta maintains ten highly active Business Resource Groups that encourage interpersonal association, establish meaningful connections, and impact business choices.

The airline has included a skills-first model in its hiring strategy to create a stronger pathway for all people on Delta’s front line. They are increasing the participation of women, Black talent, and other under-represented racial and ethnic groups in corporate roles through recruiting, hiring, and promoting from its most varied population.

They made these investments as a result of Delta responding to input from its 80,000 workers with an intentional focus on relevant skills and measurable experience.


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