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After the recent associate tracker in which our store had very bad results I was asked to join the cultural counsel. I was told by the manager she wanted me so I would tell the truth about what is really upsetting  the employees, not to hold anything back. My question to you guys is what do you think of the cultural counsel? and what are some of the best ideas yours has come up with? Thanks I want to show the members what other Krogers out there think also

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Anonymous

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What would make me satisfied is for the company to give me the hours that I need to realisticly do my job, this would improve customer satisfaction, sales and everything in between


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Anonymous

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Well the first thing i would suggest is to learn how to spell Council.  Then look up its meaning to understand what a council does.

One of the main purposes of the Cultural Council is to provide proactive feedback to Kroger store management on ways to include more employee input on business decisions and processes. It's OK to be gung ho over this committee.  But don't get deflated in a month or two when things are the same.

Here is some ideas...  Put a suggestion/comment box in the breakroom for all employees to use.    During the council meeting take notes and be sure to post them in the breakroom.  They should be improvements or observations on what will be done for the store over the next several weeks.  Be damn sure they get done and just are not on paper and never put into action.  That is what pisses off employees the most when things are promised but never happen.  Find out why your store's moral is low / ask the people who are bitchin' what they would like and if feasible do some of them.

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sadly, I wouldn't know if it works or not, because the one at my store, had akll it's members hand picked by management, so all it was a manager suck up group, and did pretty much nothing.
in theroy, i guess it's a good idea, if you can get management to listen, and workers not afraid to speak

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From what I can tell is they go to meetings to tell the big wigs what we think but nothing gets done.  The money spent on this would be better spent in the stores.

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Em


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The council is what store employees make it. If it's a joke to the member it's a joke to the store. Our council has meetings every period without fail. We do address problems but for the most part we hold tons of fundraisers.

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yeah, i guess if you  have good honest members it could work.
but like i said, it never had a chance at my store

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The Council did get sucked into that fundraiser crap. I think it's great to do things for your community, but the council was created to identify and resolve barriers that you find in your everyday work environment.
This could be anything from not having a computer in the back to do your logs, tsg, etc and having to walk upstairs and waste 20 mins a day just doing that, to not having the equipment you need to do your job,.
It also covers having red leaders, both dept heads and management. The council is there to take problems that their peers have and become a "middleman" with local and higher management.

Your council is only as good as the person or people running and working in it. If your council is spending alll it's time working fo the community, how is that helping you and your store? (again no offense but they push this commnity crap on every council, not angry at you EM)

I run the council in my store, and I told them we can do fundraisers as a store but I'm not wasting CC time to do it. We have 12 events a year to raise moral in the store, valentines day was a pizza and cupcake party for the store. March is going to be a whole bunch of marbles in a jar, and the person who guesses the total gets a 50.00 gift card. Your council has 100.00 every month to do things for the store, not for the community.

We also do collossal cupcakes for every employee on their birthday. We don't celebrate anniversaries yet, only because.. well I don't know, I would just rather do birthdays..

We have meeetings once a month to talk about gripes, complaints and issues that the people in our department are having. We have one person from each department represented in the council. We have white, black, old, young, experiemced, newbies.. etc. Your council should reflect diversity in your store but not be chosen based on diversity.

Wow.. ok shutting up now. very tired and I seem to be rambling. But there is sooo much opportunity there that not alot of stores take advantage of.

Yes we are there to help our peers, but we are also a direct line to upper management to discuss, (not always getting an answer or a change) big and even small issues in our store. If given a chance the council works well.

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I'm the store Cultural Council chair at my location and former Zone chairperson at a western Kroger KMA.  Councils were rolled out here in October, 2008.  The store Council meets each period and posts our and Zone meeting minutes in a common area of the store.

I'm lucky to work at a location with good morale, but dealt with a number of stores with abysmal Associate Insight results as Zone chair.  It's important that Cultural Councils write formal proposals to request changes at their stores to improve the shopping experience of customers and working conditions of their fellow associates and not be sidetracked by community fund-raisers or planning associate first days.

In a store with a "Red" management team and distinct lack of labor hours, there's little a Council can do to improve morale.  Best of luck at your store Council.

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Anonymous

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confusewhere  do they get the 100 month we are in central and no one knows.
Thanks!

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Anonymous

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Is this the inclusion counsel? If so I was asked the same thing then they made my schedule worse.

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prolly too late, but in our division it's called employee appreciation. there is a number for it at customer service. that is the 100 dollars that we use a month. Sorry been dealing with tons of crap (it is kroger after all) so I haven't been online as much

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Anonymous

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I have asked upfront and mangement and neither knows of such thing of a 100 month.

Ialso asked about charging 1.00 a name badge and ofcourse getting the run around.

A lady on the C.C. said she dosent even know whats in the fund.

 



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Anonymous

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Your district has a senior cultural council member ,that is management. I would call or e-mail your H R dept to find out who that is.



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Ricky Pilcher

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Dear Anonymous ~ Along with spelling, there is also grammar...  "Here are some suggestions" not "here is some suggestions".  I thought I would add my name and point this out, because I feel we are all here for a reason and shouldn't be so keen to make ourselves feel superior to one another.  No need to respond... I'm not dissin' on ya!
 
 
Anonymous wrote:

Well the first thing i would suggest is to learn how to spell Council.  Then look up its meaning to understand what a council does.

One of the main purposes of the Cultural Council is to provide proactive feedback to Kroger store management on ways to include more employee input on business decisions and processes. It's OK to be gung ho over this committee.  But don't get deflated in a month or two when things are the same.

Here is some ideas...  Put a suggestion/comment box in the breakroom for all employees to use.    During the council meeting take notes and be sure to post them in the breakroom.  They should be improvements or observations on what will be done for the store over the next several weeks.  Be damn sure they get done and just are not on paper and never put into action.  That is what pisses off employees the most when things are promised but never happen.  Find out why your store's moral is low / ask the people who are bitchin' what they would like and if feasible do some of them.


 



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Here's some ideas:

On the employee's birthday have THEM choose what shift THEY want to work and what days THEY want off for the following schedule.
Have a dress down day (within reason)



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How about NO?!?

 

Anonymous

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Here's an idea for a cultural council 'theme day'. How about everyone comes in wearing a T-shirt listing their average hours and wage. This would probably scare the sh*t out of any decent customer. Bonus if you can list how much you're getting in gov. benefits. ;)



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Anonymous

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This exact thing is why several employees quit at our store after opening. I, myself will hold on as long as I can after being told I was going to get experience pay which has never come,,, it's been 90 days. I'll have to call the union and they asked me when I first started, why would anyone what to join the union, unless you want to be a bad employee. The company just needs to do what they say they will. HONESTY?



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