Best Credit Unions to Work For 2021

The following article originally appeared on November 8th on AmericanBanker.com.

Work-life lessons from the pandemic lockdowns inspired these credit unions to cater to the needs of remote workers and those who have returned to (or never left) the office.

In total, 55 institutions were ranked in American Banker’s annual Best Credit Unions to Work For. (The list was formerly produced by Credit Union Journal, which is now part of American Banker). From providing stipends for home office expenses to increased access to telehealth visits to safely bringing employees back to the office, these credit union executives placed employees’ needs first.

While credit unions have always offered interesting and fun perks to employees, over the last year these enticements were revamped.

Certain credit unions incentivized employees to get vaccinated with a $150 gift, while others offered new telecommunication policies allowing employees the option to work remotely on a permanent basis. To make the return to the office more hospitable, some credit unions allowed employees to bring their dogs to work regularly, while others returned to fun competitions like crazy sock day and ugly sweater contests.

Virtual bingo. Trivia nights. Virtual book clubs. Scavenger hunts. You name it — these credit unions took many steps to ensure that employees felt connected. Those employees who did return to the office enjoyed once again the camaraderie of annual events like summer picnics and award luncheons. Other credit unions took employees on fun day trips to places like Universal Studios, while others encouraged staff to take lunchtime hikes and volunteer in the communities they serve by planting trees on Arbor Day.

Seven EPCOR member financial institutions were among those honored as Best Credit Unions to Work for 2021. Congratulations to the following:

19. Notre Dame Federal Credit Union in Notre Dame, Indiana
26. Heritage Federal Credit Union in Newburgh, Indiana
35. Red Crown Credit Union in Tulsa, Oklahoma
37. Atomic Credit Union in Piketon, Ohio
44. Arkansas Federal Credit Union in Jacksonville, Arkansas
53. Community Choice Credit Union in Johnston, Iowa
55. Oklahoma’s Credit Union in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Click here to view the full article. The credit unions were also ranked by asset size:

Source: American Banker