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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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

FAQ’s about Wage Caps

By the CDS Consulting Co-op HR Team Food co-ops want to be great employers, yet we face growing competition that puts increasing pressure [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

4 tasks for spring cleaning your human resources department

Spring is the season when windows get cleaned, soil gets turned and everything feels fresh and bright. When spring fever strikes you on a sunny [...]

Bringing Open Book Management to Life at Just Food Co-op

By Melanie Reid 169 Nov-Dec 2013 Justice and Just Food Co-op in Northfield, Minn., opened its doors in 2004. Once the co-op had successfully navigated [...]

How strong is your leadership team?

Empowering your department heads and helping them work together results in happier, more supported employees overall. In any business, the leadership team creates the support [...]

How do your employees really feel?

Happy employees are productive employees. They offer your customers a great experience in your store. They are likely to stay longer, returning many times your [...]

3 ways to prevent communication catastrophe in your natural business

My experience shows me that when communication breaks down, so do any number of other systems in the organization. When we create a culture in [...]

This powerful transparent practice can change your store

Transparency in management implies openness, communication and accountability. One powerful transparent practice is Open Book Management. By teaching staff members about the financial health of [...]

How to cultivate a positive workplace culture

What are the hallmarks of a positive and productive workplace culture? I would include engagement, smart work habits, having the right people in the right [...]

You Are Not Alone: Human Resources at Small Co-ops

By Melanie Reid 164 Jan-Feb 2013 Is your co-op too small to have a human resources manager on staff? Is the HR function in your [...]