Whether you work for a food co-op, credit union, electric co-op or another type of cooperative, teaching potential (and current) members about the cooperative difference should be a top strategic communication objective. Members who fully understand the co-op business model and identify as members rather than customers are often more satisfied with their co-op’s services. […]

July 1, 2020

Communicating the Cooperative Difference Starts with Your Employees

Employee training on the cooperative difference

Internal Communications

Ask an internal communications team to name their biggest struggle and they’ll likely answer that it’s handling an increasing workload with limited staff. Outside of large organizations, it’s rare to find a business or cooperative that splits the duties of marketing, external communications and internal communications into different teams. Instead, all of those duties (and […]

June 23, 2020

How to Accomplish More with a Limited Internal Communications Team

Internal communications team members working on a project.

Communications, Internal Communications

Employee newsletters serve as a main communication channel by many co-ops to release internal news and information. While newsletters hold vast potential to keep employees up-to-date and engaged with co-op news and happenings, that potential remains largely untapped in many cooperatives. Whether you’re thinking of starting an employee newsletter or want to resolve pain points […]

June 16, 2020

Employee Newsletters: Tips for Success

Communications, Internal Communications

Employee safety—it’s listed as a top priority for most cooperatives, but, let’s face it, building a co-op safety culture is often easier said than done. Mandating that workers complete safety trainings each year won’t, in and of itself, cultivate a culture where each employee owns the role of being a cooperative safety leader. Rather, growing […]

June 11, 2020

Essential Guide for Creating Effective Co-op Safety Communications

Foster a culture of safety through safety communications campaign

Internal Communications, Safety Communications

A monumental shift toward remote work happened as the COVID-19 pandemic emerged around the world. While fairly painless for many organizations, and already the norm for others, the shift wasn’t entirely easy for those that had never allowed their workforce to telecommute. There were (and are) pain points but, by and large, the shift worked. […]

June 5, 2020

Ready or Not, Here Comes the Shift from Remote Work Back to the Office

Communications, Internal Communications

Moving into a management role can be stressful. Whether you’ve accepted a promotion with your current employer or will be moving into management with a new employer, you likely have a lot of questions about how to succeed in the new role. While you’ll have a lot to learn and many responsibilities to balance during […]

June 1, 2020

New to Management? Prioritize Employee Communications.

Communications, Mentorship

Thinking of implementing a remote work policy but not sure where to begin? Or maybe you already have a few co-op remote workers but are struggling to maintain open lines of communication with them. From offering a broader job candidate pool to bringing more work schedule flexibility, remote work policies can provide many benefits for […]

May 15, 2020

How to Effectively Communicate with Remote Workers

Communications

Are you a new communications professional? Maybe you’re thinking about pursuing a communications career but aren’t sure if it’s the right path for you. Communications jobs are available in nearly all industries and a career as a co-op communicator can be rewarding and profitable. But what does it take to succeed as a corporate communicator? […]

May 15, 2020

How to Succeed as a Communications Professional

Mentorship

Turn on the news or scroll through social media any day of the week and you’ll encounter a company in crisis. Countless businesses of every size have fallen from public grace due to mistake after mistake made by executives who were caught off guard by a crisis.  Don’t let your co-op fall to a similar […]

May 15, 2020

The Time for Crisis Communications Planning is Now.

Crisis Communications

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