It may be a cliché, but running a company comes down to the people who do the work on a daily basis. While people provide the spark that makes companies successful, the human element often brings with it a source of complexity and sometimes one of surprise.
During its regular meetings, the American Bakers Association (ABA)’s Human Resources (HR) committee regularly discusses many topics that are normally talked about behind closed doors such as working with labor unions or establishing succession plans for family businesses. However, many all-too-public, front-burner issues such as health care reform will likely impact employees as well as businesses for the foreseeable future.
As chair of ABA’s HR Committee, John Wagner knows companies are dealing with a full agenda of complex issues and a laundry list of questions that face both large and small businesses on a daily basis.
Sharing experiences, networking and problem solving are always listed as the top reasons for attending HR Committee meetings. This interview with Mr. Wagner, a 34-year veteran at Kroger who now serves as vice-president of labor relations for the Cincinnati, OH-based company, is part of an exclusive series by Baking & Snack about how ABA’s key committees affect its members’ bottom lines and why more bakers should become more involved. For further information, visitwww.americanbakers.org.
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John Wagner: The Top 3 issues for us are 1) staying on top of and finding ways to lessen the impact of new regulations and rulings from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB); 2)…