Often in the workplace, effective communication can be a struggle, and the Viroqua Food Cooperative is no exception. Being that we are a retail operation, open 7 days a week, with early morning to late evening hours, it is virtually impossible to reach all employees all at one time.
To ensure that we are providing good communication to our staff, we created the Employee Representative Committee (ERC). The representatives on this committee are elected by the staff of the VFC and serve for one year. Each department has representation. The purpose of the ERC is to provide a layer of input and communication between management and employees with regards to the VFC work place. They facilitate staff representation and communication, and are a valuable resource for employees in matters affecting the Co-op at large.
For example, it was the ERC that brought forth the idea of employee break room with computers and crafted the guidelines for usage. They created the employee bulk shared purchasing program, allowing staff to split the cost of cases and case order pricing. And when gossip became an issue in the workplace, they crafted the communications policy in the employee manual that holds us to a high standard.
As the Human Resource Manager, I have gained valuable insight from these fine folks and am very pleased with their efforts not only as ERC representatives, but as employees. Their fine work is a true reflection of the high quality work that all the Viroqua Food Cooperative employees demonstrate.
Human Resources Manager