Yes, it's true. HR specialist Carolee Colter's recent study of trends in the national Co-op GM Compensation Database reveals a disturbing trend of gender disparity. At every size of co-op from the smallest to the largest, female GMs earn less than their male peers.
It is well-known that the U.S. labor market has been especially volatile this year. Co-ops are not immune from this. From struggling to retain employees to in some cases, adjusting department hours due to staffing shortages, hiring managers and GMs are under a lot of pressure to navigate these situations, while still fulfilling their co-op's mission of serving the community. To learn more [...]
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No matter how closely you work with your staff, there are some things that aren’t openly discussed. Regularly conducting employee surveys brings these issues — and satisfactions — to light. During the pandemic, taking the pulse of the co-op is perhaps more important than ever, but the prospect might seem daunting when you’re just trying to stay afloat. Prioritizing surveys, even now, pays off [...]
Us and them. Maybe it’s human nature for groups to form an identity in opposition to others. In competition between sports teams and businesses, this tendency can be channeled in a positive direction. However, when it emerges within a business or a single department between those who work the early shift and the late shift, the rivalry becomes destructive to morale and productivity. Night [...]
We previously presented a series of webinars for Canadian Health Food Association on “The Rewards of a Burnout-free Workplace.” We recommended that store owners and managers hold “Care Interviews” built on five questions, with each of their staff members. Here’s how a Care Interview might go. (The five questions in bold.) Notice how the manager uses active listening to ensure understanding and avoid defensiveness. [...]
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Our examination of the compensation database revealed that grocery co-op General Managers who identify as female are paid significantly less than their male counterparts. Here's what the data says.
To find out why the General Manager Compensation Database tells a story of accelerating pay inequity, Carolee Colter interviewed 30 female co-op GMs to learn more about their experiences. She uncovered some common themes.