ISU Credit Union

As­sets: $238 mil­lion No. of Em­ploy­ees: 83 CEO: Robert Tay­lor

Credit Union Journal - - Special Report - Po­catello, ID

FIND­ING A HEALTHY WORK AND life bal­ance is a para­mount con­cern at ISU Credit Union. Se­nior lead­er­ship of­fers a one-month paid sab­bat­i­cal to em­ploy­ees ev­ery seven years. The goal is to find re­newal in their re­spec­tive com­mit­ment to ISU CU’S mem­ber­ship.

“We ask them to use this time to pur­sue other in­ter­ests that may not be fea­si­ble with their busy work sched­ule and oc­ca­sional va­ca­tions,” said CEO Robert Tay­lor.

Since seven years is a long time, the credit union also pro­vides free “life skills” cour­ses geared to top­ics not re­lated to their work. Past 12week cour­ses in­cluded bi­cy­cle main­te­nance and health and phys­i­cal fit­ness.

“One of the more in­ter­est­ing classes was a ne­go­ti­a­tion skills course that helped em­ploy­ees save thou­sands of dol­lars on home, auto and ap­pli­ance pur­chases,” said Tay­lor. “How­ever, the un­in­tended con­se­quence was that they were bet­ter ne­go­tia­tors when it came time for pro­mo­tions and raises with the credit union!”

To en­sure that any em­ployee work­ing for ISU Credit Union is mak­ing a liv­able wage, in Jan­uary 2016 ISU CU in­creased its min­i­mum wage from $10 to $13 per hour.

“After the an­nounce­ment of the min­i­mum wage in­crease at an all staff meet­ing, I was nearly brought to tears when one of my tell­ers, who is a sin­gle mother, told me she would no longer have to sell plasma ev­ery two weeks to make ends meet,” said Tay­lor. “This em­ployee has since taken on in­creased re­spon­si­bil­ity at a sig­nif­i­cant wage in­crease at the credit union.”

Founded in 1952, ISU Credit Union sup­ports seven branches and more than 23,000 mem­bers.

From left to right: Robert Tay­lor-pres­i­dent/ceo; Cory Oman­son-se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent/cfo; and Doug Chambers-se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent/coo.

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