Employee Appreciation Day: Offer Your Staff Benefits They Can ‘Trust’

Every year on the first Friday in March, businesses around the country celebrate Employee Appreciation Day, taking time to recognize all the ways their team members help drive the organization’s goals.

But great employees deserve to feel appreciated every day, and a great way to do that is by offering them a valuable benefits package that meets their unique needs.

For credit unions, Strategic Link partner, NWFA The Trust, makes it easier than ever to provide top-notch benefit services and consultation. With nearly 100 financial institutions and over 4000 employees enrolled, the Trust combines its leverage and customization capabilities to bring employers of all sizes the best possible benefits package for their teams.

Across the Northwest, several credit unions have partnered with The Trust, citing impeccable customer service and convenient customization as a top perk.

“As part of our commitment to a living wage, it is important to us to be able to offer affordable and comprehensive benefits to all of our employees, both part time and full time,” said Debbie Schorzman, HR Manager at Verity Credit Union in Seattle. “This has been no easy feat with rising health care costs, but The Trust has helped us examine options with both an employer cost and employee experience lens. They share our values and work with us to be able to make sure our employees have access to great health care.”

To ensure claims are paid according to contract, The Trust advocates with insurance companies on employees’ behalf. Not only does this give employees peace of mind, but it frees up HR departments to tend to other important matters. The Strategic Link partner also offers credit union employees education on how to use and get the most out of their benefits.

“I feel like they are always looking out for our best interest,” said Cheryl Rainville, Accounting/Benefits Administrator at Cascade Community Federal Credit Union in Roseburg, Oregon. “I always say I don’t need to have all the answers — I just need to know who to call or email to get the answers. I know I can call or email them and they will get back to me with an answer.”

The Trust offers numerous wellness resources at no additional cost, such as semi-annual wellness challenges and wellness dollars, that encourage employees to prioritize their mental and physical health.

“We really like the MoveSpring App. It’s an easy way to motivate the employees’ fitness  goals without a lot of work on the side,” said Rainville.

Pam Leffler, Assistant Manager at Safeway Federal Credit Union in Spokane, Washington, said these resources really make a difference for her team.

“We do receive the annual $200 in wellness dollars. Previously we’ve used this for chair massages, fruit and vegetable trays, or healthy lunches. Our employees have greatly appreciated these.”

Ready to learn what The Trust can do for your credit union? Visit its partner page online or contact the Strategic Link team.