Build Workplace Culture

Co-op Cafe Supports DEI Work by Weaver Street Market Board

By |2022-09-15T17:30:58-04:00September 12th, 2022|

The 2022 series kicked off in May with invigorating conversations around how the cooperative principles could advance our commitment to a more equitable future. Co-op members from across the country joined these discussions and grappled with questions such as: Do we need an 8th cooperative principle aimed at equity and inclusion?

How CBLD Helps Boards Become Better Employers

By |2022-04-20T11:15:41-04:00April 20th, 2022|

Cooperation among cooperatives is more than just a golden principle that all strive to achieve, it’s actually an organizational imperative that makes good use of collective time and resources. Columinate’s Cooperative Board Leadership Development program (CBLD) is built precisely to offer co-op boards the tools to make informed decisions and gain efficiency.

Staff Surveys Provide Valuable Feedback, Pandemic or Not

By |2022-03-18T13:07:06-04:00March 1st, 2022|

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. Taking the pulse of the co-op is perhaps more important than ever and prioritizing surveys pays off for all involved.

Trust and Betrayal in the Board/Manager Relationship

By |2022-02-01T12:59:24-05:00January 2nd, 2022|

When something happens that breaks that trust, how do you move forward? How can you build, repair, and maintain trust?  A new online workshop, Trust and Betrayal in the Board/Manager Relationship, delves into the ways boards and general managers can build and repair trust.

How to Facilitate Board Meetings

By |2021-12-08T11:03:41-05:00November 9th, 2021|

Your board’s culture is established, in large measure, by the way board meetings are facilitated. Here are some key tips for facilitating board meetings that will create strong decisions and a board culture your co-op can be proud of.

How Cooperatives Can Navigate Hiring Challenges

By |2022-02-01T11:22:49-05:00September 15th, 2021|

It is well-known that the U.S. labor market has been especially volatile this year. Co-ops are not immune from this. To learn more about the current co-op hiring environment, we connected with Columinate member-consultants Melanie Reid and Carolee Colter.

Day Shift vs. Night Shift

By |2022-01-18T10:19:23-05:00March 16th, 2021|

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.