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Open Book Management: Now is the Time!

By Melanie Reid Co-ops continue to face an increasingly tough marketplace. Competition for employees is as tough as it is for food dollars. One strategy for attracting and retaining talented and passionate staff members is to build a culture of strong employee engagement. Open Book Management (OBM) has the potential to [...]

Whistleblower Policy for Employee Handbook

If you observe what you believe to be wrongful conduct, you have the right and the duty to report it without fear of retaliation. Definition of wrongful conduct Wrongful conduct includes serious improprieties that potentially impact the integrity and effective operation of Your Co-op. Examples of wrongful conduct include, but [...]

Growing Leaders from Within

By Melanie Reid 186 Sept-Oct 2016 As co-ops evolve and expand and our industry continuously changes, it’s important that we have mechanisms in place that enable employees to see career pathways within our organizations. Opportunities to learn new things and grow within the organization are important for everyone on the [...]

4 ways to engage employees in your company’s mission

The concept of employee engagement has been around for many years. While similar to employee satisfaction, engagement is not synonymous with satisfaction. It’s possible for an employee to be satisfied with their workplace, yet not feel engaged. Engagement means that employees have a deeper connection to the mission and goals [...]

A 3-step plan to set new employees up for success

Companies with strong orientation and training programs are likely to have high performing employees, more employee engagement and strong retention rates. By providing clear expectations, timely and appropriate training, and consistent communication during the first few months of employment, you help to ensure the success of every new employee. Orientation [...]

Understanding the Fair Labor Standards Act

By Sarah Dahl, Melanie Reid 180 Sept-Oct 2015 The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, or FLSA, is a federal statute that provides certain protections to workers. These protections include the 40-hour work week, a national minimum wage, and non-oppressive employment of minors. Additionally, the FLSA guarantees time-and-a-half pay for [...]

The Rewards and Challenges of A Startup General Manager

By Stuart Reid, Melanie Reid 178 May-June 2015 The current wave of co-op openings is likely to bring as many as 60 new co-ops in the next five years. That means many new positions for general manager (GM) will be available. As with our existing co-op storefronts, these startups will [...]

Engaging your employees starts with asking good questions

Every employer should be thinking about strategies to stay connected to your workforce. By taking opportunities to engage your employees, you help to ensure they will stay with your business for the long-term. What if you asked your employees how to make your workplace better? What if you knew what [...]

A Perspective on Cooperative Wages and Values

By Melanie Reid 175 November-December 2014 Co-ops are not typically thought of as “the place to work if you want to earn a lot of money.” However, as values-driven organizations, co-ops have striven to face the challenge of pay head-on and with transparency. Co-ops aim to offer wage and benefits [...]