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Taking care of your bank’s most precious business resource — your employees

Taking care of your bank’s most precious business resource — your employees

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Should community banks provide wellness benefits?

Businesses in every sector offer wellness benefits to employees, but what these programs look like and what they entail is unique to each organization. Some community banks are now using these added benefits to cut costs, attract talent or simply invest in their employees. By Elizabeth Judd If your community bank offers its employees free […]

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The Murray Bank: The sweetest bank in town

Residents of Murray, Ky., are screaming for ice cream because of their town’s community bank. The Murray Bank’s Ice Cream Machine gets employees out in the community to hand out sweet treats and put a smile on people’s faces, one cone at a time. By Roshan McArthur Two years ago, Tim Stark, vice president of […]

HSAs could boost your community bank’s deposits

Health savings accounts have become more than a savvy way to fund healthcare. For community banks, they’re a way to help customers thrive financially and in life. By Katie Kuehner-Hebert Community banks that offer health savings accounts, or HSAs, can tout more than the immediate benefit of using the funds tax-free to pay for healthcare […]

Community Bank CEO Outlook 2020: How your peers plan to grow

Independent Banker’s Community Bank CEO Outlook survey asked community bank leaders how they plan to grow their institutions this year. The results of this year’s survey reveal what community bankers have planned for 2020, from adopting new technology to growing deposits. By Kelly Pike, Illustrations by Edu Fuentes Ask any self-help guru, and they’ll tell […]

The Best Community Banks to Work For 2019

Ninety-eight percent. That’s the percentage of community bank employees who would recommend their employer to others. In a tight labor market, that number is something to shout about—so we are. Based on anonymous employee responses, our first-ever Best Community Banks to Work For awards recognize banks that have built exceptional work experiences for their employees. […]

Workplace trends you need to know

Workplaces across industries are evolving to stay competitive and attract talent despite record low unemployment and rapid technological change. How are community banks rising to the challenge? By Judith Sears Two important factors will be major influences on workplaces in 2020: technology and a tight labor market. The competitive labor market is making it imperative […]

Oregon Community Bank is built on feedback

Senior management at Oregon Community Bank lead with the aid of ideas and comments they’ve collected from staff. These efforts have led the community bank to explore new initiatives and to grow significantly. By William Atkinson Name: Oregon Community Bank Assets: $520 million Location: Oregon, Wis. While many community banks form strategy through discussions in executive meetings, […]

Why proper onboarding at your bank matters

Welcoming new employees into your community bank can be an important part of your hiring and staff retention strategy. Bank recruiters say onboarding programs serve as opportunities to introduce new hires to your bank’s culture and to keep them happy and engaged. By Carol Patton Within a new hire’s first 10 days, a member of […]

Why your bank should be budgeting for the big picture

Your community bank’s strategic plan often takes things like innovation, growth and succession planning into account, but does the budget? How can your bank plan for these often unpredictable expenses in its budgeting process? Experts say it requires doing your homework, reassessing your budget more frequently and, yes, accepting some risk. By Kelly Pike • […]