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Why your bank should be budgeting for the big picture

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 • […]

How to keep a closer eye on your bank’s contracts

Consultants bring specialized skill sets that can be valuable in areas where bank leaders don’t have experience, such as negotiating contracts and vendor management. Here’s why hiring the best consultant team could keep expenses low and better equip your bank to handle the industry’s curveballs. By Elizabeth Judd ■ Illustrations by James Steinberg In 2016, […]

How to hire when everyone has a job

Today’s unemployment rate is at its lowest point in decades, so how is your bank supposed to attract talent fresh out of college or from another industry? The good news is that community banks have tools that they can use to recruit the next generation of bankers.

Why banks are offering new work-life benefits

Flexible work schedules. Wellness programs. Onsite massages. As the demands of a 21st-century financial institution continue to grow, community banks are reassessing their role in helping their employees find a balance between their work lives and personal lives by providing new kinds of benefits.

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