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Today’s topic is about working someplace special. Here at Community State Bank in Southeastern Wisconsin we talk about our “work family” and how important it is to us. Now some companies only do that… talk about it; not here, we live it.
We have an employee here at CSB that is a wonderful example of living our core values. They’re a true supporter of the greater good, are a community leader, have a wonderful family, and are one of the nicest people you will ever meet. There is one problem though… this employee has a very serious health condition, which requires some extended healing time.
One of our employees felt that we as a bank needed to step in and help out this important member of our work family. So, she recruited a few other employees to brainstorm ways in which the bank could help. They came up with some great ideas! One of them was organizing a “time bank” in which other employees could donate some of their precious vacation time to help their coworker as they healed.
Recently, I sent out an all employee email requesting the need for donated vacation time. The response was immediate and unbelievable. I was floored.
Keep in mind that we aren’t a huge corporation with thousands of employees; CSB has about 100 team members. Within hours the generous employees of CSB had donated over 90 days of their personal and vacation time to their co-worker. I called the person receiving it and I could tell that it took a huge burden off of their shoulders.
I talk to a lot of people who don’t have the privilege of working with such caring, respectable and trustworthy people. I really feel for people who don’t have that privilege, because what we have here at CSB is special.
If you don’t have the pleasure of working at a great company, I encourage you to make a change. Life is too short.
Scott Huedepohl is the President of Community State Bank, and has been a community banker for over 30 years.