Ep. 366 – Chief People and Admin Officer, Butcher Box, Eliza Jackson

In today’s episode of the Second in Command podcast, Cameron is joined by Eliza Jackson, the Chief People and Administrative Officer for ButcherBox, as she dives into the intricacies of operational excellence and how it intertwines with a people-first culture within the company. Eliza describes ButcherBox’s journey, especially during the challenging times of COVID-19, highlighting their direct-to-consumer meat delivery service’s focus on quality, sustainability, and customer satisfaction. She emphasizes the importance of maintaining strong relationships with partners and ensuring a seamless logistics fulfillment process, which is crucial for subscription-based businesses. Eliza also touches upon the company’s strategic decisions regarding outsourcing parts of the business and what they choose to keep in-house to uphold their high standards and mission.

The conversation explores the innovative approach ButcherBox takes towards employee development and creating a positive work culture. Eliza introduces the concept of a “talent factory,” where every employee’s journey is seen as a pathway to personal and professional growth, supported by tailored coaching through partnerships with organizations like BetterUp. This, along with other initiatives like DEI committees and operational excellence programs, are parts of ButcherBox’s efforts to ensure that their team is thriving, engaged, and aligned with the company’s values and goals. The flexibility and adaptability demonstrated through their hybrid work model post-COVID are also discussed, showing ButcherBox’s commitment to employee well-being and satisfaction.

Eliza also shares insights on the role of AI in optimizing operations and enhancing the employee experience at ButcherBox. The company’s proactive stance on incorporating AI tools for tasks like customer service and job description creation reflects their forward-thinking strategy. This integration aims to streamline processes, allowing employees to focus on higher-value work. Eliza’s advice to her younger self about the importance of being open to various career paths and the power of change management encapsulates the spirit of continuous learning and adaptation that she champions at ButcherBox. Through her leadership, ButcherBox not only stands out for its product quality and service but also as a model for cultivating a supportive, innovative, and dynamic workplace.


In This Episode You’ll Learn:

  • How ButcherBox’s internal logistics and fulfillment teams play a crucial role in the company’s success by maintaining strong relationships with partners and ensuring high-quality customer service. (1:54)
  • How ButcherBox navigated the challenges posed by the pandemic, including shifting their business model and managing a significant increase in demand. (2:26)
  • The strategies ButcherBox employs to foster employee development and satisfaction, including a unique coaching program through BetterUp. (9:18)
  • ButcherBox’s experience transitioning to a hybrid work environment during COVID-19, including the balance between remote and in-office work, and how they continue to cultivate a strong company culture in a hybrid setting. (32:07)
  • How ButcherBox is integrating AI tools to optimize customer service and operational tasks, freeing up employees to focus on more strategic initiatives. (35:46)
  • The critical role of change management in a fast-growing company and how understanding and implementing change management strategies can lead to more effective and resilient operations. (39:59)
  • And much more…



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