In an effort to lift staff’s spirits during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, CORE Credit Union, Statesboro, Ga., recently recognized its employees with a special day of celebration—and as much of a gathering as it could safely do under social distancing guidelines.
“I Am Essential Day” included lunch, a prize drawing in which every employee received a gift, photos shared on social media under the hashtag #IAmEssential.
“I Am Essential” references the essential worker designation financial services employees have. But just as importantly, it recognizes the sacrifices staff make to serve the public as COVID-19 presents new challenges and anxious moments every day.
“Our employees have been absolutely outstanding during this ordeal,” says Bob Clampett, president/CEO at the $100 million asset credit union. “Nobody complains, and they come to work every day and take great pride in what they do.
“They know they are contributing to the community. They truly are essential. We wanted to take one day to relieve a little of the pressure and have some fun.”
Like most credit unions, CORE has adjusted its branch operations and staffing to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions.
“Our branches are siloed; we don’t have people intermingling,” Clampett says. “Many staff are working from home, so we don’t get a lot of interaction. People miss seeing each other every day.”
He says sharing photos over social media did a lot to bring staff closer together.
The prize drawing—gift cards to area businesses—also supported the local community.
“The whole day exceeded expectations,” Clampett says. “It was fun to be able to give away cool prizes and see the camaraderie that sharing pictures created.”