Letter from the Board: From Surviving to Thriving
We are at an exciting threshold in the the life of the Co-op, one in which we hope to steadily continue to move out of survival mode into thriving mode. One of the gifts of this movement from surviving to thriving is that we have the opportunity to change the questions we spend our time asking and trying to answer. Surviving questions like, How do we keep our doors open? can transform into thriving questions like, How do we want to strengthen and contribute to our community as an organization? and How do we meet the needs of all of our stakeholder groups?
When we first convened as a new board in the fall we still had some survival mode issues to work through. At the same time, we began to make room for thriving goals like providing a living wage and meaningful work for our employees. Because our employees are one of our most important stakeholder groups, in October we voted to create an employee board seat. We are currently working to put the guidelines and procedures in place to put this vote into action. We understand the valuable voice an employee board member will provide in helping to create and sustain a thriving Co-op. While we finalize these steps, we are excited to learn more about the needs of our employees through an employee satisfaction survey. Stay tuned for the results of our survey in the June newsletter!
As with all transitions, the move from surviving to thriving can be rocky as we figure out what it looks like to become a sustainable business and community hub. As each month we strengthen our financial stability, we can continue to take steady and thoughtful steps towards sustainable and healthy growth. We appreciate your voices and your support as we step into thriving together!
All of us on the board would love to connect with you and get to know you better! This month, look for us tabling at lunch hour and say hello, or feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com!
Andrea, Angie, Ben, Craig, Doug, John, Jorden, and Robynn