C. SPECIAL TOPICS FOR ESTABLISHED CO-OPS
SESSION I: WHAT’S NEW IN HUMAN RESOURCES?
Audience: This workshop is designed for those already engaged with an established cooperative that may face challenges in hiring, training, supervising, disciplining and possibly terminating employees.
Content: Presenters will introduce the latest policies and legal rulings with which employers must comply to fairly hire and effectively supervise their employees. Examples will be given that show the financial consequences of co-op employers failing to comply with antidiscrimination and sexual harassment laws and regulations. Also covered will be an overview of insurance risk and suitable products available to cooperatives that help protect their equity and leaders from frivolous claims.
Bob Manning, Benefits Manager, CHS Insurance
Brent Schmautz, CHS Insurance
SESSION II: ENGAGING MEMBER-OWNERS IN MAJOR CO-OP DECISIONS
Audience: This workshop is designed for those managing or governing established cooperatives who seek to increase the involvement of their member-owners in decision making. Co-op boards of directors often face potentially controversial decisions that, if not sufficiently informed by its member-owners, could result in negative consequences in the near or long-term future.
Content: This short course covers the basics of public participation and answers the questions of why might you want to involve co-op member-owners or even the general public in major decision making. Studies have shown that broadening the base of input from key constituencies usually increases the quality and longevity of a final decision, as well as minimizing legal or change-order costs. The course also introduces the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Spectrum for decision making that discusses various levels of stakeholder engagement and what activities work effectively at each stage.
Wendy Green Lowe, Certified Professional Facilitator and Owner, P2 Solutions – based in Loveland, CO