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Business / Human Resources /  • July 19, 2019
The salary conundrum
Salary transparency is touted as a means to fight unfair pay disparities. Others argue it isn’t in the best interests of a company or its employees.

There are pros and cons to publicizing salary ranges and grades when organizations post job openings.

Human Interest /  • July 17, 2019
A win-win situation
Clare Yazganoglu, the executive director of WIN, the Victoria Women in Need Community Cooperative, helps struggling single parents achieve independence.

Clare Yazganoglu, executive director of Victoria Women in Need Community Cooperative, discusses how her organization helps those in dire circumstances.

Marketing /  • July 10, 2019
To market, to market
AIME awards judges identify trends among the credit union marketing winners.

Canada's credit unions are relying on community connection and financial literacy in their advertising and marketing campaigns as a way to attract and retain members in the ultra-competitive financial services market. Instead of ads promoting interes...

Economics /  • June 12, 2019
Cool to the touch
A low inflation rate is steadying borrowing costs while causing some to wonder if changes to mortgage regulations created too much of a chill.

The slow rate of inflation — despite Statistics Canada recording a slight rise this past February — means the Bank of Canada will likely hold off on raising interest rates, the Canadian Press reports. Statistics Canada figures indicated an 8.1 pe...

Human Interest /  • June 11, 2019
Free falling
Globetrotter and bouldering aficionado Sam Beardsell says that to get ahead, you have to prepare to fall.

In the world of rock climbing, falling is par for the pitch. If you’re not falling, you’re not advancing. “It’s always going to happen — you can’t hold on any longer and just have to let go,” says Sam Beardsell, a member of Wi...

Human Interest /  • May 30, 2019
Parsing productivity
In a world filled with distractions, the solutions to boosting workplace productivity often have nothing to do with key performance indicators.

Work smarter, not harder. It's the productivity goal for all offices and an ongoing puzzle for managers — and employees — everywhere. The trick is finding just the right balance: efficiency and expertise at work and time left over for a rewarding...

Banking / Marketing /  • May 23, 2019
Sharing is caring
Servus Credit Union launches $1 million Big Share initiative.

This spring, Servus Credit Union (365,402 members, $15.9 billion in assets) is giving people a million more reasons to join the financial institution. As part of the new initiative, Alberta-based Servus is encouraging people to save by offering a ...

May 3, 2019
Challenge 2025: global digitization of the credit union system
Guest Column By 2025 there must be global digitization of the credit union system.

Yesterday's challenge was to provide mobile channels for consumer access. Today’s challenge is to create a digital infrastructure and experience that responds to consumer demands and economizes credit union operations. Brian Branch serves as Presi...

Economics / Technology /  • April 11, 2019
The landscape ahead
Credit unions in the 21st century will be greatly affected by emerging socioeconomic and technology trends.

Earlier this year, the Filene Research Institute, a Madison, Wis.-based credit union and consumer-finance think tank, released a report titled The Credit Union of the Twenty-First Century. Comprehensively researched, the report looks at a ...

Human Interest /  • April 5, 2019
Peace of mind
The idea that practicing “mindfulness” can lead to more focused and collaborative workers is just beginning to catch on at credit unions.

Search "mindfulness" on the Internet and you get a flood of definitions, almost all of them about how an individual can find peace and calm in a harried world. But a University of British Columbia research group has stepped back and examined how this...

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