hiring

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.

Collaborative Interviewing

By |2019-09-09T15:24:54-04:00June 14th, 2018|

A growing body of research shows that cognitive biases creep into everyone’s decisions, even if we consciously strive to be fair. One of the most insidious forms is “confirmation bias,” in which people look for data that confirm their opinion and ignore data that contradict it. Confirmation bias has a detrimental impact on hiring decisions, causing us to rush to snap judgments without realizing [...]

Hiring For Success

By |2019-09-09T15:17:14-04:00May 19th, 2018|

James Morrell has over 25 years experience in natural foods retail management. Over those years he’s done a lot of hiring. I’ve written about hiring in this column before, but for a fresh perspective I turned to James, now a consultant in fresh category management.   What do you look for when you’re hiring? The resume and past experience are a starting point but [...]

Ensuring Internal and External Pay Equity

By |2019-09-09T15:13:13-04:00April 26th, 2018|

Many co-ops using policy governance have an Ends policy requiring staff compensation that is both internally and externally equitable. However without diligent attention, pay scales and what individual staff end up making can get out of whack over time. Below are a few tips to keep you in compliance. Compensation market study. Make sure you are staying up-to-date on what the external market is [...]

When and Who to Hire (or Contract) for Startups

By |2020-10-10T00:23:58-04:00April 18th, 2016|

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, founding team and board members often wonder when to hire help, and for what roles.Though the size, skills and situation of each startup group vary, there are points along the 4 Cornerstones in 3 Stages development model where hiring [...]

GM Retirement Planning Best Practices, or How to Retire Gracefully

By |2019-09-09T22:58:47-04:00October 10th, 2015|

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 for another job), the specific date of departure is flexible and known well in advance. The outgoing GM's legacy will be affected by how s/he handles the transition. Timing Once you decide to take the leap, let your management [...]

Choose structured interviews to make better hires

By |2019-09-09T23:01:20-04:00September 8th, 2015|

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,” researchers mean that the interviewer uses a consistent format with all candidates, asking the same questions in the same order. Extensive research on job interviews shows that structured interviews are more accurate than unstructured ones in predicting which applicants [...]

3 ways to encourage high-performing employees to stick around

By |2019-09-09T17:05:37-04:00May 22nd, 2015|

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 best efforts, sometimes bad hires are made, or performance drops off. But what about those staff you don’t want to see leave for greener pastures? While there is lots of general advice around for how to keep employees happy, [...]

Getting Ready for General Manager Succession

By |2019-09-10T20:13:11-04:00May 3rd, 2015|

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 board should have an awareness of the skills and resources that would be needed to accomplish this essential task. Even if your GM is doing great and has no expressed plans for retirement or other career changes, your board [...]

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