Co-op leaders - captured saying 'thank you and Merry Christmas' to colleagues

Hello,

Myself and the whole leadership team across Co-op want to say a massive thank you for all your work helping us to deliver a stronger Co-op and build stronger communities this year.

The team have shared their individual thanks in this short film – along with their plugs for their favourite Co-op food this Christmas.

Note: you can also find this video by searching for ‘Co-op colleagues’ on YouTube. If you can’t watch it, then you can read the transcript.

I also want to say a thank you in advance for all colleagues who are working over the festive period and putting in the extra efforts that this time of year demands from us.

Whether that’s Logistics colleagues pulling out all the stops to keep our stores filled, Funeralcare colleagues being on call to help people at their time of need, call centre colleagues providing support, and of course those in stores continuing to help customers during some of the busiest days of the year.

We’ve had a great year and made some real progress with our ambition. I know some of the changes we’ve made in different areas have been tough for some colleagues, and I want to thank those who’ve continued to show their professionalism throughout the changes.

Next year promises to be another big one for our Co-op.

But for now, I want to wish you all the best for the festive period, and I hope you make the most of the opportunity to celebrate with family and friends – and of course with some great Co-op food and drink.

Thank you, and Merry Christmas.

Steve

Join the conversation! 14 Comments

  1. CTMs just don’t get enough credit, all those public holidays they’ve had to sacrifice and all those missed family occasions just to serve customers. How blessed must we be to have these heroes work for us.

  2. Merry Christmas. Thank you! We in the office finished 30 minutes early Christmas eve and was told thanks for all the hard work, then when we came back we were told we are going to be docked those 30 mins.
    Ho Ho Ho!
    Definitely be going the ‘extra mile’ in future!

  3. Just a thankyou from us for the early finish we are not getting. One that we’ve had every year on Christmas eve. One that we only found out we weren’t getting on Friday. I was supposed to be off but because of who I am I offered to work thinking well at least i’ll be finished early. Thanks again and Merry Christmas

  4. Thank you to all the post office staff who send parcels to loved ones at Christmas too…… and work all year round for co op !!

  5. Thanks, Merry Christmas to you all too!

  6. great achievement guys but,For an ethical company… Not a lot of diversity on display here.

    Not very inspiring for BAME colleagues looking to progress into leadership positions. Am I to believe not one brown person could make it to leadership position out of hundreds of thousands of employees?

    • A valid shout, still more work to do on diversity.

    • It’s quite an assumption isn’t it to say “this group of people don’t appear very diverse” just from taking a look at them. I don’t know these people on a personal level at all so I couldn’t make that generalisation. There could be a nice mix of different cultures, backgrounds, ages, socioeconomic statuses and classes, languages and nationalities, education levels, different health backgrounds, disabilities, different family arrangements, sexualities, religions, political persuasions. We just don’t know. Could be a very diverse group pictured there, we can’t tell by looking at someone where they’ve come from and who they are, and I certainly wouldn’t want people making value judgements about what I can bring to the business based on my physical appearance.

      • I don’t need to assume anything. There is literally no brown people in the picture. Unless you think ‘family arrangements’ is the same as racial diversity. Now imagine having these ‘family arrangements’ or health conditions etc and being black or brown or yellow.

        You seem very defensive are you in the picture? Are you the type of person that prefers no brown people in leadership positions? So much for your ethics.

      • I do know these people on a more personal level and there isn’t a nice mix of different cultures, backgrounds, ages, socioeconomic statuses and classes, languages and nationalities, education levels, different health backgrounds, disabilities, different family arrangements, sexualities, religions, political persuasions.

        They are within ten years of age of each other and largely have done the same sort of jobs (accountant, lawyer, manager, HR) in the same sort of organisations, in the same country. Socio-economically they are all of them paid well.

        They do occasionally go brown though, when they suntan.

    • I was about to say and there you go, thanks

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