Supporting Co-operation through HR

How well does your co-op manage HR? Is your business growing without support for your HR function? Do you find it difficult to keep on top of recommended best practice for recruitment, policies, issuing contracts, managing holidays, dealing with absence, discipline and grievance matters? Would you like to know more about the role of HR in co-operatives and how it can play an integral role in supporting co-operation?

Whether you are an experienced HR professional moving into the co-operative sector, newly starting out in HR in your co-op, or a co-op member keen to know more, this practical workshop will help you understand how to create an effective HR function that supports your members and builds a strong co-operative culture.

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  • A detailed exploration of the role of the HR function in co-operatives, from creating a co-operative member job description to reviews that empower your members
  • Small group discussion
  • Practical exercises to support your HR practice
  • HR clinic to address common problems

  • Describe the importance of HR in co-operatives of all sizes
  • Define what needs to be included to create a robust HR function to support your co-op
  • Give examples of how the HR function supports the development of a strong co-operative culture 
  • Explain how HR and Governance interconnect to encourage co-operation

  • Anyone involved, or about to become involved, in HR in their co-op
  • Anyone with an interest in understanding more about the HR function in their co-op

Lorraine Power, CIPD Chartered Fellow Britta Werner and Abbie Kempson combine their long-held experience as worker co-operators with industry-leading training in HR and Governance. Through People Support Co-op they offer a unique, people-centred, on-the-ground support and advice service to co-ops and community businesses.

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