“We conducted independent research with companies and collaborated with several other credit unions to reimagine how we brought on new employees,” Lucas says.
Clearview’s new employee experience begins with a welcome letter that also asks new hires to complete some work prior to reporting on the job.
“The objective is to give them an understanding of Clearview so things make sense when they go through training,” Lucas says. “All of the pre-work we assign drives them to our website.”
Additionally, the credit union updated its core values to better reflect the building blocks of member and employee engagement: Friendly, Adaptable, Caring, Trustworthy, and Secure.
“We wanted something that was easy to remember, so the values form an acronym, FACTS,” Lucas says. “We are developing a FACTS video with employees that demonstrates the values in action. We’ll use it for new hire orientation and refresher training.”
For more tenured employees, luncheons with the CEO and member experience champions offer a way for staff members spread across five regions to learn about the success of the strategy and everyone’s role in that success. According to Lucas, the credit union’s member experience strategy is all about continual feedback and the search for fresh ideas, such as walking members outside, holding umbrellas when it rains, and serving coffee to members rather than directing them to a coffee station.
“The regional CEO visits provide a forum to sit down with employees in a casual, intimate environment, exchange ideas, and hear about their experiences,” Lucas says. “We focus the conversation on what we’re doing differently and what is in the queue.”
3 Ways To Make A Memorable Moment
The little things matter when it comes to member experience. So, Clearview has embraced the role of a good host with the following actions:
Employees walk members out the door … and even hold the umbrella when it rains.
Branch staffers serve coffee to members rather than directing them to a DIY coffee station.
The credit union sends “thinking of you” cards and makes birthday phone calls to members.
One example of what the credit union is doing differently lies in role titles, which Clearview has tweaked to highlight a more positive, action-oriented bent. For example, tellers are now “member experience representatives,” collections specialists are now “member resolutions specialists,” and fraud representatives are “fraud resolutions specialists.” Lucas’ title itself is a relatively new creation in the industry that reflects a focus on reducing friction in member interactions in favor of generating memorable and captivating experiences that build loyalty.
It has also redesigned its branch questionnaires and call center surveys to include a member experience component. Another survey tool, which will debut in June, will gather Net Promoter Score and Member Effort Scores.
“We want to put the correct focus on the parts of the member journey that most directly impact the member relationship,” Lucas says.
Renee Lucas, SVP of Member Experience, Clearview FCU
Finally, no member experience strategy is complete if it doesn’t address complaint resolution, which is all too often memorable for the wrong reasons. Clearview is re-engineering its issue resolution processes to minimize hand-offs and call-backs and work toward single-call settlement. Along those lines, it refreshed its auto-attendant and menu to enable members to more quickly reach a member advocate.
The Next Step
Communication underpins the success of a strategy that involves so many moving parts, people, and processes. In that vein, executives and pillar champions at Clearview are diligent about informing the staff on progress and future plans.
They provide weekly updates as well share messages from the CEO or other members of senior management via the credit union’s Member Experience intranet home page. And they encourageall departments to incorporate the strategy’s objectives into every project and meeting.
On the horizon is research to identify a knowledge-based system to help staff overcome the challenges of learning the technical, product, and the process knowledge required to provide a frictionless operation.
“We want to improve the business account opening process,” Lucas says. “A new website design also is in the works, and we are looking at various employee engagement changes — such as volunteer programs — and monthly surprise and delight moments.”
All of this plus Clearview is opening a new financial center in Moon Township this July — anything in the name of next-level member experience.
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