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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

First Impressions and Long-lasting Relationships: The rewards of great customer service

By Michael McCary 186 Sept-Oct 2016 Providing an unbeatable shopping experience is no longer optional for cooperatives—it is imperative. In the growing and increasingly competitive [...]

When and Who to Hire (or Contract) for Startups

As a new co-op project progresses through the 3 stages of the development process and the workload and complexity of the co-op development process increases, [...]

GM Retirement Planning Best Practices, or How to Retire Gracefully

GM Retirement Planning Best Practices, or How to Retire Gracefully When a general manager (GM) is planning to retire, (as opposed to leaving the co-op [...]

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,” [...]

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 [...]

Competing for Excellent Staffing

Getting Ready for General Manager Succession

By Thane Joyal, Jeanie Wells 178 May-June 2015 Whether or not your cooperative expects to hire a general manager (GM) in the next year, your [...]

The Coming Wave: We will need to fill more GM positions than ever before

By Carolee Colter 176 January-February 2015 As we all know, the baby boom generation is hitting retirement age. Roughly a quarter of the U.S. population [...]

New Resource: Starting Off Right with Your New General Manager

Online Recorded Workshop This is a thorough introduction to developing a good working relationship as a board with the co-op’s new general manager. The objective [...]

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Start Off Right with a New GM

For most cooperative boards, hiring a general manager and beginning a new relationship with that person is one of the most essential things they do [...]

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Employee orientation essential for new hires

Recently hired people need not only training in the responsibilities for their specific jobs, but also an orientation to the policies, customs and expectations required [...]

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Interview Right

The job interview is your best tool for making the right hiring decision. You can't count on references, and resumes are designed to make the [...]

Hiring Staff and Assistance for Startup Boards

  Los Alamos Cooperative Market Los Alamos, New Mexico When the community of Los Alamos wanted a food co-op, they first turned to LaMontañita in [...]

By |November 2nd, 2011|Categories: Connections|Tags: , |

Become a hiring expert

What is it about an applicant that acts as a red flag, or stoplight, giving you pause to pursue him or her? What acts as [...]

Hiring for Motivational Fit

Why do some people enjoy a job and stay with it for years while others seem unhappy and leave—or stay on but complain, come to [...]

Hiring your first general manger

Learning objectives: can delineate the GM's duties before and after the store opens are clear on desired GM qualifications how to recruit, screen and select [...]