Baxter Credit Union Makes the 2011 Companies That Care Honor Roll

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Nationally Recognized List Honoring Companies with Values-Driven Practices

Companies That Care 2011 Honor Roll

“We understand that our business objectives and strategy can’t be met without talented individuals performing in their roles,” explains Mike Valentine, CEO/President, Baxter Credit Union.

Baxter Credit Union, one of the nation's top 100 credit unions and the fourth largest in the state based in Vernon Hills, Illinois, has made the 2011 Honor Roll for the Center for Companies That Care.

The Honor Roll, a national list recognizing employers for outstanding workplace practices and active community involvement, includes privately-held and publicly-traded organizations, as well as not-for-profit employers.

“We understand that our business objectives and strategy can’t be met without talented individuals performing in their roles,” explains Mike Valentine, CEO/President, Baxter Credit Union. “From the first day of employment, BCU wants employees to feel their jobs are important, because they are.”

Companies that care respect employees and are committed to community service. They demonstrate 10 Characteristics that go to appreciating people, work/life balance, and giving back. This uniqueness defines the standard for all organizations that strive to be recognized as best places to work and being socially responsible.

“The economic downturn has presented challenges to Baxter Credit Union. BCU’s response has been to form cross-departmental teams to look for ways to help members make changes to internal operations, and contain costs,” says Marci Koblenz, founder and president, Center for Companies That Care. “This employer has also invested time and money in improving its on-boarding, employee engagement, talent management, and performance review processes; showing that even during tough times, investing in employees makes good business sense.”

Baxter Credit Union has an “Inside Track,” an on-boarding experience that guides new hires and their managers through their first six months to ensure an easy transition into the organization’s culture and performance expectations. Feedback is solicited from new hires via 30-, 60-, and 90-day surveys to verify they have the systems, tools, information, and support to be successful in their new role. New hires also benefit from having an assigned “buddy” to help them get acclimated.

BCU’s involvement is not limited to being on the Honor Roll. The organization is one of the charter members of Companies That Care’s Community of Caring, participates in the educational initiative AIM High, and has helped establish classroom libraries through CAREDAYS.

Center for Companies That Care is a national, 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to engaging employers in improving the lives of employees, families and communities.

If you’re interested in applying for the 2012 Honor Roll, joining the Community of Caring, or supporting AIM High or CAREDAYS, please visit http://www.companies-that-care.org or call 312.661.1010.

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