May 14 2013

Consumers Credit Union Presented Elite Award for Work-Life Balance

Work-Life Balance Elite Award

Kristen Davidson, Becky Gearhart, Lynne Jarman-Johnson, Shawn Premer, Robin Thatcher, and Scott Dobson pose with the Elite Award presented to Consumers at the 101 Best and Brightest Luncheon

Consumers Credit Union is proud to be honored as an 11 Elite Company for Work-Life Balance by the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA). The award was presented at a luncheon held to recognize West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.

Shawn Premer, Vice President of Human Resources, says, “Winning in this category is very fulfilling. We value each and every one of our employees as family and strive to provide an environment that allows staff to integrate work and home life in a way that provides proper ‘balance.’ As a retail organization, offering this flexibility can be challenging.”

Our employees’ votes and feedback on the company-wide survey allowed us to be chosen for this award. What is most rewarding about receiving the Work-Life Balance award is the knowledge that our staff feels the benefit of our efforts to create a balanced workplace. Two of our employees, Jesse Blankenship and Lynne Jarman-Johnson share their experiences.

Jesse, who started with Consumers in 2009, says working at the credit union has been one of the most positive experiences of his professional career. He adds, “Since my first day here, I have felt valued as an employee and have been provided all the tools to be successful within my career path. Consumers Credit Union provided me the opportunity to work remotely from out of state, which has allowed my wife and I to balance our lives while she finishes graduate school.”

Lynne, our Chief Marketing Officer, says, “I love to blend work and life—not balance it, but blend it—so that I can bring the best me to my job and my family. Consumers helps make that happen.” She goes into detail: “When I tell people I live in Grand Rapids, they often ask, ‘And you work in Kalamazoo? How or why do you do that?’ I don’t even think of it as commuting. Our IT team helped make it easy for me to work wherever I need to be. I work in Coldwater, Kalamazoo, South Haven, Grand Rapids, and Mattawan. Our teams know how to reach me, and we work together to ensure meetings are purposeful and work within everyone’s schedules.”

Just as importantly, the benefits of our focus on employee engagement also get passed along in top-notch member service, which is why our goals center around TEAM.

A complete listing of the 2013 Elite Award Winners can be found here.

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