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Sometimes folks hear about Rio’s culture and assume that it’s some kind of commune where we all wear necklaces of dandelions and clover. The fact is the Bell family made the decision long ago to move Rio Grande into participative management because they felt that informed, empowered, and caring associates would create the best solutions, provide the best service, and have the most fun. Read on to find out more. . .

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When Albuquerque Business First, a local business journal, named Rio Grande New Mexico’s Healthiest Mid-Sized Employer for the third year in a row, associates were honored and humbled—but not surprised. The goal of Rio Grande’s wellness program is to have a healthier, happier, more productive and successful workforce while controlling health care costs.

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The beauty of effective collaboration is that it provides an opportunity for everyone to participate in how change takes place. Use these ten questions from Rio business coach Matthew Anderson to get the conversation started with your team.

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Don’t let the fruits of your fertile business mind wither and die on the vine! We all manage competing demands and priorities, and time constraints often keep us from pursuing even the best ideas. In this new series, Rio business coach Matthew Anderson shares three key elements of effective collaboration. Find out how to capitalize on your great ideas!

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Rio Associate, Judie Pellegrino has given us 24 great years and we’re all better for it! Take a look at a few highlights from the Judie years.

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The Principles are Rio Grande’s common value system; the basis for our everyday behavior and decision-making. By using the Principles as our footing, we make the right decision far more consistently. . .

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At the beginning of May I turned in my box cutter for a T-shaped Allen wrench. I said goodbye to the forklift and hello to the coiler, the hammered ear wire machine, and the eye-pin slider. Let me be plain: I transferred from the Receiving Team to the Machine Operator Team. . .

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Each individual at Rio must make his or her own choice to be empowered. What we can do is provide an environment that nurtures and supports empowered associates. And so, a number of ideas and sources coalesced into a list of four items critical to achieving empowerment. . .

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Associates here at Rio Grande are a diverse and talented bunch. My fellow associates have passions that include jewelry making, photography, leather tooling, painting, fabric-crafting and many more. Shannon Demoulin, a graduate gemologist who works on Rio’s Gemstones Team is also a painter and jeweler, and it was her vision ten years ago that Rio should host an annual Rio Grande Associate Arts and Crafts Fair. Every year since, it’s been Shannon’s dedication and energy that has made the event possible. . .

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Did you know that your order from Rio Grande may have been packed by a guy who works in our machine shop? Or that the tiny 2˝ x 2˝ bag that your findings came in might have been labeled by one of our very own business coaches? How about that guy on the YouTube videos—Mark Nelson? He’s actually on the phones working the Tech Support lines most of the time. Here at Rio Grande, we practice resource shifting…

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