Alabama Credit Unions named best places to work

“What makes a great place to work? It’s more than a job. It’s the benefits, the camaraderie, the appreciation for work done well that makes employees happy to come to the office,” says Business Alabama magazine of the businesses named “best companies to work for in Alabama.”

To contend for the honors, companies share information about all facets of work life. Do they allow telecommuting? How do benefits stack up against other companies in the same field? Does the company encourage employees to be active in the community? How does it handle the problems that arise?

Winning in all categories were America’s First Federal Credit Union and Alabama Credit Union.

Bill Connor, chief executive officer of Birmingham-based America’s First Federal Credit Union, says one of the strongest areas of employee satisfaction is the credit union’s mission. “Our primary purpose for existing is to better our members’ lives versus working for the stock holders of a for-profit company,” he says.

Steve Swofford, president of the Alabama Credit Union, says a team approach is key.

“We communicate aggressively to our teams,” Swofford says. “Anybody, when they do a big project, has a committee of people that work on it. We take it to another level. We have a process of what we call high performance teams that we put in place for almost every major decision. Teams members come from across the company, because we recognize that everyone has a view point.”

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Suncoast CU employees volunteer with back-to-school operations

As the 2018-19 school year kicked off, Suncoast Credit Union participated in two back-to-school events Jackson Educational Foundation Inc. Back to School Bash and Operation Backpack Brooksville. Volunteers handed out supplies and backpacks, preparing students for the new academic year.


Listerhill CU takes part in Watermelon Festival, birthday celebration

Listerhill Credit Union staff joined members and residents of Franklin County, AL, for the annual Watermelon Festival, which also coincided with a 200th birthday celebration for the county. The credit union was a Royal Jubilee sponsor for the summertime celebration in Russellville, AL.

The event is held annually on the third Friday and Saturday of August and includes music, fun, food, and plenty of watermelon.


IBMSECU’s Southeast Credit Union Foundation hosts School Ready Days

This summer, IBM Southeast Employees’ Credit Union’s Southeast Credit Union Foundation, hosted the second annual School Ready Day events to help local Florida and Georgia kids in need. Members of the community and IBMSECU employees were invited to donate and drop off backpacks and school supplies at their nearest IBMSECU branch to help local kindergarteners start the school year better prepared.

More than 400 Florida and Georgia Head Start children and their families were invited to come out on designated days this summer to participate in a host of free services and resources, including: Dental education, vouchers for haircuts, new school supplies, shoes, clothing, and much more.

Head Start is a Federal program that promotes the school readiness of children from birth to age five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development.