The statistics surrounding the dire state of retirement in America are abundant. According to a 2019 Bankrate Financial Security Index survey, 21% of Americans aren’t saving any money at all. Forty eight percent of working adults are saving something, but still less than 10% of their annual income.1
There are good companies to work for, bad companies to work for, and there are great companies to work for. What is it that makes a company the “best”? What is their company culture like? Harvard Business Review (HBR) researched the best places to work in the United States looking for these answers. We’re not just looking for what they do differently, but why the things they do see success.
Training and education are transforming elements of a community bank. Education has cultural, personal, and financial benefits to a bank and can make the difference between a good bank and a great one, says Group Executive Vice President for ICBA’s (Independent Community Bankers of America) Community Banker University, Lindsay LaNore, in a Main Street Banking podcast. In no circumstance is knowledge ever wasted: it’s the foundation of innovation and growth.
Two weeks ago Joe Ehrhardt, CEO and founder of Teslar, hosted a webinar with the ICBA and Independent Banker. The webinar was called Three Things Banks Can Do Today to Improve Efficiencies and Joe discussed how institutions rely on cumbersome processes that hinder the customer experience. However, to best serve your customers it is essential to find balance by incorporating automation without compromising the overall customer relationship.
Looking at the success of others, we can see what consumers want. Something Apple, Google, and Amazon all have in common is that they thrive with simplicity. Consumers love the sleek, uniform, and easy-to-use features of Apple products. People love how easy it is to find information with a quick Google search. People love finding what they need, buying it with the touch of a button, and having it on their doorstep within a day or two. It’s the ease, the simplicity.
Fraud is not something new to us. The growth of technology has caused an influx of varying scams. Most people are aware of identity theft and the precautions to take. First-party fraud is also on the rise, with people intentionally fabricating all or part of their identity to avoid paying for products or services or to receive reduced rates.1 With online shopping at large and the holiday season upon us, we want to talk about online shopping scams we’ve been seeing lately that we might be more likely to fall for.
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Financial well-being defines all the intricacies of your money management. It goes beyond your income and credit score. It’s about your relationship with money—how you behave with money and how you spend money. Regardless of how large your income, if you are spending everything you make you are not getting wealthier, just living a higher lifestyle.
Springdale, Arkansas (home to Teslar’s headquarters) has received an exciting new, albeit temporary, addition to the community—an Innovation Hub. The hub is a pop-up makerspace that offers opportunities for adults and children of the community to attend free classes and workshops that offer tools and training to spark innovation and creativity and improve future careers.