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OPERATIONS
Blended Service Model
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Power to the People
M
ost pizzeria ownership reflects
three standard models: a
single proprietor with one
or more shops; a corporate chain; or a
franchise.
However, there's another model that's
gaining traction around the U.S.:
employee ownership.
While the concept may recall shopping
for granola at burlap-draped co-ops,
employee ownership is increasing in
today's hospitality arena, perhaps responding
to dramatic changes provoked by the
COVID-19 pandemic.
One industry old-timer is The Cheese
Board Collective Pizzeria in Berkeley,
California, which became a workerowned
cooperative in 1971 and has
thrived for five decades in the birthplace
of hippiedom. It's a role model to multiple
pizzerias in the San Francisco Bay area
including Zachary's Chicago Pizza, A
Slice of New York, and Arizmendi Bakery.
Other big names in the food world
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By Annelise Kelly Photo Josh Keown
Employee Ownership Promotes Resilient Restaurants and Loyal Workers
embracing this framework include Publix
Super Markets, the largest worker-owned
company in the U.S. with over 200,000
members, along with WinCo Foods and
Bob's Red Mill.
We talked to a few experts to learn
what employee ownership means, how it's
structured and the implications of launching
as or converting to an employeeowned
model.
Power (and Profits) to the
People
It's not just about helping workers;
it can also improve the bottom line.
" Employee ownership has the power to
motivate employees, increase productivity,
improve worker retention, keep jobs local,
contribute to business longevity, and so
much more, " says R. Paul Pflieger, director
of communications at The ESOP
Association. " Employee ownership also
tends to reduce wage and wealth gaps.
Most of all, it's a great retirement option
that most often requires zero contribution
from the employee-owner. "
COVID-19 has forced a reckoning
about what it means to survive in the
hospitality industry as an individual and
as a business. The workforce is shrinking
due to a variety of factors including low
unemployment, lack of benefits, unlivable
wages and poor opportunities for
advancement. Owners are struggling
with staffing challenges, rising prices and
uncertainty. Employee ownership can
address all of these concerns, making such
workplaces highly competitive and more
resilient.
The Employee Ownership
Foundation lists these goals of
worker ownership:
* Reward employees financially
* Encourage employee retention
* Encourage employees to be loyal to the
business and to pursue the company's
interests.
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Pizza Today - August 2022

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pizza Today - August 2022

PIZZERIA OF THE YEAR
Employee Ownership
Fall Menu Favorites
Blended Service Models
Pickles on Pizza
Commentary
Digital
Conversation
Mike's Monthly Tip
Man on the Street
Building Blocks
On Deck
Knead to Know
Destinations
Product Showcase
Pizza Today Yellow Pages
The Marketplace
Expo Spotlight
Pizza Today - August 2022 - CT1
Pizza Today - August 2022 - CT2
Pizza Today - August 2022 - Cover1
Pizza Today - August 2022 - Cover2
Pizza Today - August 2022 - Commentary
Pizza Today - August 2022 - 4
Pizza Today - August 2022 - 5
Pizza Today - August 2022 - 6
Pizza Today - August 2022 - 7
Pizza Today - August 2022 - Digital
Pizza Today - August 2022 - 9
Pizza Today - August 2022 - Conversation
Pizza Today - August 2022 - 11
Pizza Today - August 2022 - Mike's Monthly Tip
Pizza Today - August 2022 - 13
Pizza Today - August 2022 - Man on the Street
Pizza Today - August 2022 - 15
Pizza Today - August 2022 - Building Blocks
Pizza Today - August 2022 - 17
Pizza Today - August 2022 - On Deck
Pizza Today - August 2022 - 19
Pizza Today - August 2022 - Knead to Know
Pizza Today - August 2022 - 21
Pizza Today - August 2022 - 22
Pizza Today - August 2022 - 23
Pizza Today - August 2022 - Destinations
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Pizza Today - August 2022 - Employee Ownership
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Pizza Today - August 2022 - Blended Service Models
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Pizza Today - August 2022 - Pickles on Pizza
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Pizza Today - August 2022 - Fall Menu Favorites
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Pizza Today - August 2022 - PIZZERIA OF THE YEAR
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