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Pointers for a successful job fair

If you are planning an expansion of your location or service offerings, or just need a fresh influx of applicants, a job fair is a [...]

Creating accountability

A manager of an independent natural food store, when her store was smaller, met individually with her department managers every week to talk about how [...]

Setting a course for the next 40 years

Sebeslav took ownership of The Peanut Mill Natural Foods Market from his mother Antje Wirth in 2009, things were already in good shape.   Established in [...]

Maintaining your store’s cultural identity while managing change

“Where’s the store I use to love?” How many retailers hear that now? The landscape is dramatically different than it was a decade ago. We [...]

How are you communicating your pricing strategy to your staff?

Is your staff ready for your new competitor? Employees can be the most effective resource in surviving in the new landscape, so help them feel [...]

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 [...]

When and how to seek staff input on a store expansion project

Balancing staff engagement in the design process of an expansion project without creating unrealistic expectations about their role in decision-making can be difficult. Employees may [...]

Are you getting the best possible ROI for your personnel expenses?

Living wages. The rising cost of health care. Shrinking profit margins. More big-box competitors. There are many forces acting on the personnel line item in [...]

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, [...]

Managing internal hiring when there’s more than one internal candidate

The good news is that you have two internal candidates for an open position. The bad news is that you can only choose one of [...]

Don’t fall into the assistant manager ‘overflow bucket’ trap

We like rewarding good staff, so what do we do? We make them assistant department managers--even when the department only has two employees and does [...]

Do You Know What Your Employees are Thinking?

No matter how closely you work with your staff, there are some things they may not tell you. There’s a power balance, even though we [...]

A case against ‘fair pay’

Natural foods purveyors often have an ethos to maintain as fair a workplace as possible--but it's important to make a distinction between what's fair and [...]

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Choose structured interviews to make better hires

Extensive research on job interviews shows that structured interviews are more accurate than unstructured ones in predicting which applicants will make good employees. By “structured,” [...]

Staffing for a natural products store expansion

Your new store will have a bigger deli, more parking and a better floor plan. But will it have the staffing to support bigger and [...]

3 ways to encourage high-performing employees to stick around

Look anywhere on the internet and you’ll find all kinds statistics on the high cost of turnover. However, not all turnover is unwanted. Despite your [...]

Cash Is King: Reviewing Cash-Flow Statements

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Are you getting the most out of your management team meetings?

Look around your management team meeting. Is everyone engaged in the conversation? Or are they looking at their phones as the meeting winds its way [...]

Treating Employees as Adults

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 [...]