By Matt Kennedy
She felt it coming. The soreness, the chills, the scratchy feeling in the back of her throat. There was no denying it. Stephanie, Senior Lending Assistant, was sick, it was a holiday and she did not want to miss work the next day. She called Independent Bank’s Consult-A-Doctor service, which promptly called an open pharmacy with the prescription she needed.
As a Top 100 Places to Work recipient the last two years, Independent Bank looks to go beyond “the norm” when offering benefits to employees. It works to provide services that enhance employees’ mind, body and spirit.
A Beneficial Relationship:
Independent Bank employees are active, logging in over 7,000 hours of community service in 2012 through the bank’s IB Give’s Back program. They’re also healthy, as the bank offers programs that nurture employees’ total health. Independent Bank understands that healthy employees are more productive at work, at home and in their community.
IB Cares Wellness Program
Education - Independent Bank’s comprehensive wellness program, IB Cares, provides nutritional advice, heath challenges and a point system for healthy choices that goes towards discounts on insurance costs.
Incentive - To encourage healthy activity, Independent Bank introduced a $200 health club subsidy this year for employees who are members of a gym/health club.
Accomplishment - Employees embraced the bank’s healthy culture and their stories have been featured in an employee newsletter to inspire others. Achievements include marathons, weight loss and a home gym built to combine working out and family time.
Consult-A-Doctor – Offering 24/7 access to physicians online and by phone, the service gives employees direct access to a doctor with no copay. Independent Bank employees saved a total of $26,876 by using Consult a Doctor in 2012!
Compass Professional Health Services – Saving money on medical tests, procedures or doctor visits, Compass earned employees and the company a total claim cost savings of $58,331 in 2012!
Marketplace Chaplains USA – Making weekly visits to employees, Marketplace Chaplains’ employee assistance and chaplain services are always on call when employees need counseling or help.
Involvement - Considering the growth of the bank, seven employee appreciation events took place this year across all the bank’s regions. A representative committee from each of the regions selected, planned and managed each event, be it banquet or family day event.
Rewards - The only requirement for these events involved employees being awarded for their years of service in increments of five years. The size of these awards varied all the way up to Peggy Partridge, Whitewright Location President, who was honored for 55 years of service!
In 2013, Independent Bank was honored among the top 150 Public Companies (based on revenue) by the Dallas Morning News in its’ first year as a public company, made SNL Financial’ s annual list of 100 Best-Performing U.S. banks with assets between $500 million and $5 billion, and recently became one of 30 exchange-traded public companies to win the Raymond James Community Bankers Cup. Additionally, the bank took home “Best Bank/Mortgage Company” honors from Living Magazine and the Farmersville Times, as well as “Corporate Performance” honors from the McKinney Chamber of Commerce. Accolades aside, David Brooks, Independent Bank Group Chairman and CEO, knows the secret to success lies in the bank’s employees.
“At its core, Independent Bank’s strength lies in our employees and the relationships they form with customers,” Brooks said. “To foster these relationships, creating an environment where employees feel appreciated on a daily basis, will remain an essential part of what we do.”
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