February 21, 2018
When you get a company as large as Calgary Co-operative Association Limited in Alberta’s Top 70 Employers two years in a row, they must be doing a lot of things right.
So what puts Co-op on top? Human resource experts have identified a number of key factors that make jobs great and Co-op ranks at the top for many of these factors.
1) Valued Team Members
Co-op is customer-service driven, so that means they are also employee driven, because happy employees deliver great customer service. Co-op finds great people and does whatever they can to keep them and grow them, through programs like long-term career development, in-house career planning services, tuition subsidies for job-related courses, formal mentoring opportunities, and even retirement planning.
People like to feel proud of where they work, and Co-op is one of the most respected and successful retail co-operatives in North America. 4,000 employees care for 460,000 members in a billion dollar company recognized as a community leader.
3) A Greater Purpose
The chance to help others is very rewarding, and with 460,000 members relying on Co-op for many of the essentials of life, working here really does make a difference.
4) Variety is the Spice of Work
Between grocery stores, gas bars, pharmacies, the Wine, Spirits, and Beer stores and Home Health Care Centres, variety is big here. And variety means more opportunities to explore interesting and fulfilling career paths.
5) Interacting with People
The core of Co-op’s brand is extraordinary customer service, and that means a lot of interacting with people. It’s one of the things that makes Co-op unique, and makes the work fresh and interesting every day.
With a plan to invest over $1billion in retail operations over the next eight years, in addition to $1.25 billion in residential and office projects, Co-op’s role in serving members will only get more important.