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Marcela's Story

Co-op is constantly changing for the better

I joined the Co-op in 2014 as a Warehouse Operative after my friend mentioned they were opening up a new depot in Avonmouth. I was nervous about joining initially, as I had only just moved to Bristol, but my friend assured me that the Co-op has a really inclusive culture, where people are proud of their differences. Working in a multicultural environment is really important to me.

With lots of opportunities to progress internally, It wasn’t long before I was being trained up to be a Warehouse Support Assistant, and shortly after, I accepted a full-time job in the office. 

My responsibilities as a Warehouse Support Assistant have changed over the years, but my priority has always been making sure that my colleagues get the correct hours on their payslips. There’s more science than you think behind clocking machines! I think sometimes people presume that the role will involve a lot of working alone, but I’m often the main point of communication for managers and colleagues, as we hold a lot of information they need. Colleagues know they can rely on me, whether they need information about their hours or simply to find some available dates for a weekend away.

Flexible hours to support colleagues

Our depot offers a wide variety of full-time and part-time jobs with flexible hours. This flexibility means that lots of colleagues have the opportunity to fit their hours around part-time studies or family commitments. For me, it’s the ideal work-life balance, as you can simply switch your mind off as you leave through the gate. 

Supportive managers and colleagues

The colleagues and managers I work with make my job meaningful. The team always feels supported, and we celebrate each others achievements, whether it's congratulations on a newborn baby or recognition for good performance. My team can tell if I’m not feeling myself and will help me bounce back. I feel part of a team in everything we do. 

A focus on personal development

If I were to give advice to someone thinking about joining the Co-op, it would be to not be afraid to become a part of something bigger. My managers are always encouraging my personal development. We have monthly leadership workshops that encourage us all to come out of our comfort zones and to think about our development. These workshops have really helped me to build my confidence and public speaking skills. It’s great that Co-op is constantly changing for the better, with people improving the quality of services and developing themselves. 

Marcela Targosz,

Warehouse Support Assistant