Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2018)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 22, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Coast Capital Savings Credit Union was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2018):
- Coast Capital Savings prioritizes the health and wellness of its employees, offering adjustable stand-up and treadmill desks, weekly visits from a registered massage therapist, and free membership to a fully-equipped onsite fitness facility that features instructor-led classes such as yoga and barre
- Coast Capital Savings offers employees a number of helpful financial perks, including low-interest home loans, discounted home and auto insurance, and new employee referral bonuses (from $50 to $4,500 depending on the position)
- Coast Capital Savings encourages ongoing employee development through in-house training programs and generous tuition subsidies for courses related to their current position (to $1,500 annually) -- and works to develop the next generation of employees with formal mentoring and paid internships
Coast Capital Savings is serious about having fun
There aren't a lot of companies that would send an employee to her grandmother's hometown in Yukon so she could go dog-sledding under the Northern Lights to further her personal and professional growth. But Coast Capital Savings Credit Union isn't just any company.
"We asked employees to tell us about their ideal Canadian experience and committed to replicating that opportunity for them," says Tracey Arnish, Coast Capital's Chief People Officer.
"And that's not a one-off. These are things we continue to do in a fun and unique way, focused on really understanding what's important to employees and helping to bring that to life for them."
That's just one of the many features of Coast Capital's employee-designed workplace. Canada's largest credit union by membership is headquartered in Surrey, and has 52 branches to serve 543,000 members across B.C. They're known for their quirky commercials and corporate sense of humour.
But they're serious about their commitment to employees and the communities they operate in. Management, directors and employees have multiple communication channels and in partnership create "customized work experiences" meeting individuals' needs. Arnish says their philosophy is "together, we help empower you to achieve what's important in your life," which attracts and retains talent.
"Today's workforce and talent are looking for a non-traditional work experience," says Arnish. "To bring great talent into the organization and keep that talent, we have to create flexible work experiences that meet their needs and allow them to work in ways that are meaningful for them."
Member Banking Specialist Cameron Husseynec finds meaning in making his community and the world a better place.
"We all have our own purpose story at Coast Capital and mine is to inspire people to be part of something bigger than themselves," says Husseynec.
"I think when your personal purpose lines up with your corporate purpose something beautiful happens."
Husseynec and other Coast Capital employees receive a comprehensive benefits package, including paid time off to volunteer, education assistance, banking and loan benefits and a pension plan. There's also professional and leadership training for employees and a host of social activities and quirky perks like the "Fund for Fun" where managers receive cash to take their teams out and have fun together.
Employees also take part in the community investment program, which gives back seven per cent of Coast Capital's pre-tax earnings to communities -- totaling $5.6 million in 2017.
"It's about giving, it's about helping and that's what we're here for," says Husseynec. "It's fantastic."