Help Wanted: How A Grocer Finds Workers Willing To ‘Do It All’ With A Smile by Linda Currey

imageTo work in Britain’s Co-op food stores, employees have to do a little bit of everything during any given shift. To keep the Co-op convenience stores and neighborhood markets running smoothly, staffers may accept deliveries, unpack boxes of groceries, flowers, and household items, stock the shelves, clean up spills, or run the registers, all while welcoming customers. New hires need the qualifications to do it all.

Workers restock shelves in one of Britain’s Co-op food stores. “It’s hard work,” says Yvonne Foster, head of resourcing services for the Co-op. It’s hard work for Foster and her team as well, who need to recruit and retain the company’s 65,000 employees across the United Kingdom.

The Co-op is as interesting as the people it’s trying to recruit. In business since 1844, it is owned by its 4.6 million members, who get a 5% discount in the shops, as well as access to Co-op offerings for insurance, healthcare, and funeral services. Read the complete article here.
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About Jürgen Kress
As a middleware expert Jürgen works at Oracle EMEA Alliances and Channels, responsible for Oracle’s EMEA Fusion Middleware partner business. He is the founder of the Oracle SOA & BPM and the WebLogic Partner Communities and the global Oracle Partner Advisory Councils. With more than 5000 members from all over the world the Middleware Partner Community is the most successful and active community at Oracle. Jürgen manages the community with monthly newsletters, webcasts and conferences. He hosts his annual Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forums and the Fusion Middleware Summer Camps, where more than 200 partners get product updates, roadmap insights and hands-on trainings. Supplemented by many web 2.0 tools like twitter, discussion forums, online communities, blogs and wikis. For the SOA & Cloud Symposium by Thomas Erl, Jürgen is a member of the steering board. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences like the SOA & BPM Integration Days, JAX, UKOUG, OUGN, or OOP.

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