Employee Surveys, Human Resources Systems, Tools and Training
Articles from CDS Consulting publications
Articles in Cooperative Grocer
Other works by Melanie Reid
For many years she was the human resource manager at Linden Hills Food Co-op in Minneapolis, and in 2004 joined the leadership team in the beginning phases of opening Just Food in Northfield, Minn., where she was promoted to general manager in 2008.
Her areas of expertise include fostering organizational culture, improving human resource practices and leadership development. She also has governance know-how, and was instrumental in opening Eastside Food Co-op in Minneapolis while serving on its board. Melanie has demonstrated a long-standing passion for startups, and she is pleased to share the benefit of her experience with co-ops in all phases of their development.
“I’m really excited about assisting co-ops with building good systems from the start and developing their workplace culture,” Melanie said. She knows what it takes to construct operations from scratch, engage both staff and community, and build a strong sales base. Melanie especially underscores the importance of making good decisions that allow co-ops to be successful in the long term, and this includes how to manage people and situations well. That’s why she’s thrilled to be part of the CDS Consulting Co-op. “It’s important to me after all these years in the co-op sector to share what I have learned. It’s so rewarding to be involved in helping co-ops grow,” she said.
Melanie’s services include:
Responding to Workplace Conflicts
Solutions: Grab and Go - September 2017
The Cooperative Difference is Your Competitive Advantage
Solutions: Grab and Go - June 2017
Excellent Staff Communication - The Pillar of Change Movement
Solutions: Grab and Go - March 2017
Employee surveys drive workplace improvements
Solutions: Grab and Go - August 2016
Developing Management Talent
Solutions: March-April 2016
GM Retirement Planning Best Practices, or How to Retire Gracefully
Solutions: Grab and Go - October 2015
Protecting People and Assets: Implementing a Security Plan
Solutions: July-August 2015
Solutions: Grab and Go - December 2014
Elements of a Great Workplace
Solutions: July-August 2014
Meet Melanie Reid
Solutions: March-April 2014
Restructuring the Co-op to Prepare for Growth
Solutions: March-April 2013
Open Book Management: Now is the Time!
Growing Leaders from Within
Understanding the Fair Labor Standards Act
The Rewards and Challenges of A Startup General Manager
A Perspective on Cooperative Wages and Values
Bringing Open Book Management to Life at Just Food Co-op
You Are Not Alone: Human resources at small co-ops
4 ways to engage employees in your company's mission
New Hope 360 Blog, February 16, 2016
A 3-step plan to set new employees up for success
New Hope 360 Blog, July 22, 2015
Engaging your employees starts with asking good questions
New Hope 360 Bog, Feb 19, 2015
Strategies for keeping high-performing employees
New Hope 360 Blog, August 21, 2014
4 Tasks for spring cleaning your human resources department
New Hope 360 Blog, May 21, 2014
Create fair technology policies for your store
New Hope 360 Blog, December 26, 2013
When inaction speaks louder than words
New Hope 360 Blog, October 14, 2013
How strong is your leadership team?
New Hope 360 Blog, July 22, 2013
How do your employees really feel?
New Hope 360 Blog, June 4, 2013
3 ways to prevent communication catastrophe in your natural business
New Hope 360 Blog, April 16, 2013
This Powerful Transparent Practice Can Change Your Store
New Hope 360 Blog, March 5, 2013
How to cultivate a positive, productive workplace culture
New Hope 360 Blog, February 12, 2013
3 Steps to Transform Workplace Culture Through Consistent HR Practices
New Hope 360 Blog, December 18, 2012
4 Ways to Motivate Leaders to Succeed
New Hope 360, October 23, 2012
Care Kerlin, General Manager, Whole Foods Cooperative, Erie, Penn.
Jen Girty, Human Resources Manager, East End Food Co-op, Pittsburgh, Penn.
Phyllis Miller, Board Chair, Maple City Market, Goshen Ind.
Jacqueline Hannah, General Manager, Common Ground Food Co-op, Urbana, Ill.
Mead Stone, General Manager, River Market, Stillwater, Minn.