By: Kristy Nieboer, Media & Marketing Intern
As College Pro’s first ever Media & Marketing Intern, I have had the chance to witness the incredible relationships between College Pro Franchisees and their managers, as well as develop similar relationships with my managers. The relationships I am speaking of are different than any relationship I have had with employers in the past – I would use words such as mentor, coach, and supervisor to describe College Pro’s management/employee relationships.
As College Pro franchisees are technically running their very own business, the people who hire them are more coaches than managers. From what I have seen, each General Manager has a very close relationship with their franchisees – because they look after the hiring, training and operations, it’s a continued partnership. From what I can see, their personalities often tend to be similar. Although the managers are technically there to help their franchisees along the way, I have seen that most managers are quite close with their franchisees. Franchisees are mostly university and college students. Managers are not too far off from having graduated university or college, and also most have run College Pro franchises in the past. This allows the managers and franchisees to relate to each other, and therefore form a strong bond that is helpful in coaching. Many of the franchisees and managers I have met still keep in touch with their co-workers years after they worked together. Many connections made with College Pro appear to be lifelong friendships.
The culture of College Pro is very fun, upbeat, and social, yet everyone in the company works incredibly hard at their jobs. The relationships I have built with my managers fit this structure to a tee – like me, my managers are all very social, have great senses of humor, and generally like to have a good time. However, they are also dedicated, committed, and hard working. My role requires a lot of guidance from my managers, and having similar personalities and worth ethic allows coaching to be efficient. The similarities in personalities allow us to connect beyond our work – while they are still my managers, and a certain level of respect and persona does exist, I would say we have formed a friendship.
From my personal experience in the office, and from what I have seen in the field this summer, College Pro employees are all treated equally, as long as they are self-motivated, and committed to succeeding. Managers, franchisees, and interns such as myself, no matter the age, all have personalities that fit with the College Pro culture, and therefore all get along in a social sense. Apart from being coworkers, College Pro franchisees tend to become close friends also.
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