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Inexpensive Ways to Reward Employees

Special Rewards for Great Employees

Looking for an economical way to improve employee productivity and morale? The following tips may help you reward staffers for a job well done, without breaking the bank.

Be flexible. Allowing workers flex time to take care of personal or family issues or to work from home occasionally can help relieve stress, increase productivity and build trust.

Say Thanks. A handwritten note from the company president recognizing an accomplishment can make a special impression.

Give Time. Consider rewarding workers with days off to use however they see fit.

Stop to Chat. Ask managers to take turns pushing a cart full of tasty treats around the office once a month. Employees may appreciate the snack and the chance to chat with company leaders. 

Go public. Create a wall of fame or implement an award program that allows workers to recognize each other for exceptional performance.

Send a gift card. A Visa gift card from MutualBank allows employees to celebrate their accomplishment at a favorite boutique, restaurant or the movies anywhere Visa is accepted. 

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Personal Banking Security Measures for the 21st Century

clientuploads/21st-Century-Securitysquare180.pngMany of us are constantly connected to the online world these days. This means that the potential is there for our computers and personal information to be compromised which greatly increases the risk of ID theft and financial fraud to occur. However, by taking some basic precautions you can significantly reduce the risk of your computing environment being compromised. Following these simple guidelines should help your computing environment become more secure:

Keep your computer and software up-to-date

Keep your computers and network equipment secured with the latest software updates and enable automatic updates whenever possible.  This includes updates to third party applications such as Java and Adobe Products.  

Use hard drive encryption

In the event your machine is lost or stolen, drive encryption can prevent others from accessing the data on your hard drive.  The purpose is to encrypt or scramble your data on your machine so that it can only be read with your encryption key.Many operating systems offer drive encryption.  Microsoft offers Bitlocker and Apple has FileVault. There are also other third party encryption offerings.   

Enable your firewall

Think of the firewall to your computer as the fence around your property.  If there were multiple holes cut in the fence, it wouldn’t be very useful at keeping people out.  Firewalls are typically enabled by default on Windows machines, but double check to make sure it’s on.  Here are instructions to do so if you are using Windows 7. Only allow necessary applications inbound access through your firewall. The same principles apply to your network firewall. 

Configure your screensaver

Set an auto-locking screensaver so your account gets locked out after a few minutes.  This is useful if you forget to lock your machine when are away from it. On Windows machines this can usually be done by pressing the “Windows Key” and the “L” button simultaneously.

Make your passwords stronger

The longer and more complex the password, the better.  At least 16 characters with a combination of upper and lowecase letters, numbers, and special characters is a best practice.

Configure your router

Use the strongest wireless security available (currently WPA2-CCMP) with a long and complex password for your wireless network. Disable WPS on your wireless router for greater security.   

 


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If you suspect that your personal financial information has been compromised, call MutualBank Customer Support at 800-382-8031.


 

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Inexpensive Ways to Reward Employees

Special Rewards for Great Employees

Looking for an economical way to improve employee productivity and morale? The following tips may help you reward staffers for a job well done, without breaking the bank.

Be flexible. Allowing workers flex time to take care of personal or family issues or to work from home occasionally can help relieve stress, increase productivity and build trust.

Say Thanks. A handwritten note from the company president recognizing an accomplishment can make a special impression.

Give Time. Consider rewarding workers with days off to use however they see fit.

Stop to Chat. Ask managers to take turns pushing a cart full of tasty treats around the office once a month. Employees may appreciate the snack and the chance to chat with company leaders. 

Go public. Create a wall of fame or implement an award program that allows workers to recognize each other for exceptional performance.

Send a gift card. A Visa gift card from MutualBank allows employees to celebrate their accomplishment at a favorite boutique, restaurant or the movies anywhere Visa is accepted. 

Contact a Representative Today

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