CRBT Named as One of the "Coolest Places to Work" in the Corridor - June 2014
On June 17, 2014, Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust's "coolness" was recognized at the Corridor Business Journal's "Coolest Places to Work" breakfast as #6 within the Coolest Places to Work: Medium Companies (21-99 employees) category. The Coolest Places to Work identifies and honors local companies that have created the most engaging and rewarding work environments. Twenty four self-nominated companies in Kirkwood's seven-county region were selected based on a Worker Satisfaction Survey.
"This is truly one of the best awards we could receive. It is a direct reflection of our company culture and how our employees feel about working here," said CRBT President Larry Helling. "Our people are what make us different . They are our most valuable asset."
Below is the June 23 CBJ article featuring Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, written by Jeff Holmes:
When compiling a list of the Coolest Places to Work, a lot of different types of businesses spring to mind. Others don't.
"You really don't think of a bank as a cool place to work," said Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust Senior Vice President James Klein. "But we are."
CRBT has created a variety of different programs that have made the bank an exciting place to work. From baseball games, in-house workouts and payday snacks to President Larry Helling personally handing out paychecks, employees are made to feel welcome and comfortable at the office.
But Mr. Klein said everyone's favorite perk is the sabbatical. "At your 10, 18, and 25-year anniversary, you go on a paid sabbatical," he said. "For a month, you are to turn off your company email; you don't come in to work. You completely cut yourself off from work for a month to refresh and recharge. You have to go and you have to unplug. We love it."
Employees also get to know each other outside of office hours, making their working relationships stronger.
"The variety of things that go on outside of work: a Fourth of July get-together, kids' and staff holiday parties, after-work gatherings, annual customer appreciation lunches, encouraging volunteering in the community," an employee listed in the nomination form.
Other intangible benefits listed by employees include: a mentoring program, employee and client relations committees, encouragement to use work time to volunteer, leadership transparency and recognition of personal employee events such as birthdays off, wedding day jitters off and new dad time off.
The support of coworkers and the community also rank high with employees.
"Employees are given a chance to make a difference. Our president frequently says, 'be careful what you ask for...we might just do it!' We support a ton of community organizations, which makes us proud to be CRBT employees. We laugh a lot at work. We have core beliefs and one of them is, 'Life should be more than work and work should be fun," an employee stated.