Carolee Colter

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CDS Consulting Co-op

Carolee Colter is a member of CDS Consulting Co-op and is based in Nelson, British Columbia.

Author's Articles

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134 Jan - Feb - 2008 January 19, 2009

Back in 1997 I wrote a manual for the “Toolbox for Co-op Boards of Directors” series, published by Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund and distributed by Cooperative Grocer.

139 November - December - 2008 January 19, 2009

Ten years ago Karen Zimbelman and I conducted our first employee survey. In 1996 we shared the trends we observed in surveys we'd done (Cooperative Grocer, No.

101 July - August - 2002 December 27, 2008

Does Merit Pay Really Work?

107 July - August - 2003 December 27, 2008

Co-op employees have high expectations of their employers. And they should. We claim to run our businesses with multiple bottom lines.

113 July - August - 2004 December 27, 2008

During the 1980s and the 1990s, some natural foods co-ops attempted to acquire the skills and know-how of the conventional grocery industry by hiring grocery veterans as general managers.

110 January - February - 2004 December 26, 2008

It's a situation that many boards have wrestled with: how to measure and monitor an organization's performance beyond just the numbers from financial statements.

040 May - June - 1992 December 17, 2008

Personnel files are not a sign of encroaching bureaucracy. Even very small organizations should have them.

015 February - March - 1988 June 7, 2004

Staff turnover may not be measurable in costs, but it can seriously cripple a co-op. All employees of more than a few months represent a significant investment in training.

003 February - March - 1986 January 9, 2004

Whether you oversee a whole department of employees or one assistant manager or an ever-changing group of volunteers, you as a supervisor are ultimately responsible for the work of others.

006 August - September - 1986 January 9, 2004

I'll never forget my interview for the personnel coordinator job in a collective. I was questioned by 25 people at a meeting.

011 June - July - 1987 January 9, 2004

"The board makes policy and management implements policy." It sounds so simple. But developing and administering personnel policy in your particular co-op may get confusing.

018 August - September - 1988 January 9, 2004

In a previous article ("Enjoying Employing," Cooperative Grocer #18, August-September 1988), I discussed the players and their respective roles in development of personnel policy.

020 December - January - 1988 January 9, 2004

An applicant's past performance in previous jobs is one of the best indicators you will get of how she will perform on the job.

025 November - December - 1989 January 9, 2004
Y ou may -- or may not! -- miss someone when they're gone.
029 July - August - 1990 January 9, 2004

Firing is an emotional business for the manager and for the employee. There's no denying that losing a job can be a shattering event in someone's life.

037 November - December - 1991 January 9, 2004

Orientation:a familiarization with and adaptation to a situation or environment."

033 March - April - 1991 January 9, 2004

On July 26, 1992, businesses with at least 25 employees became subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act. On July 26, 1994, employers of at least 15 will be required to follow suit.

044 January - February - 1993 January 9, 2004

One morning Tim found a note in his mail box at the co-op when he arrived for work. It read, "We'll be here to do your evaluation at 4:30 today.

048 September - October - 1993 January 9, 2004

Is it inevitable that all "new wave" co-ops founded in the 1970s will end up with general managers?

051 March - April - 1994 January 9, 2004