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Oregon Community Bank is built on feedback

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 • […]

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.

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