The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 8

THE BOTTOM LINE

A Change of Pace: Credit
Unions Utilize Teleworking
By Curt Long

T

he biggest challenge for many
employers during the COVID-19
pandemic has been the abrupt
switch to full-time telework
throughout the organization. Credit
unions are in a unique situation in that
they provide essential financial services,
many of which are delivered through
their physical branch networks, but also
employ substantial back-office staff, many
of whom can perform their jobs remotely.

A recent NAFCU survey explored how
broadly credit unions are utilizing work
from home (WFH) arrangements with
nonbranch staff, how those experiences
are faring, and what the prospects are for
wider adoption of regular WFH after the
pandemic. Here's what we found.

WFH in Place Before Crisis

Survey respondents indicated that most
had already adopted a WFH policy for
nonbranch staff prior to COVID-19.
Among all surveyed credit unions, 75
percent reported that some staff were
regularly teleworking. Looking at the
responses by asset class, it is not surprising to see that large credit unions had
implemented telework more broadly
than smaller credit unions.
Over 90 percent of credit unions with
more than $1 billion in assets said that
at least one staff member was regularly
teleworking before the pandemic, and
33 percent said that at least half of their
nonbranch staff was regularly teleworking. Although adoption rates were lower
among smaller credit unions in our survey, more than 60 percent of respondents
8

with under $250 million in assets had
some degree of regular telework in place.

WFH Results Exceed
Expectations

NAFCU also asked respondents to assess
how WFH is faring relative to expectations
at the outset of the COVID-19 crisis. The
results were overwhelmingly positive: 80
percent said that WFH is going "much better" or "somewhat better" than expected,
while only 2 percent said the experience
has been much worse than anticipated.
These results line up favorably in comparisons with similar surveys. Upwork, a freelancing platform, posed the same question
to 500 hiring managers in April. While that
survey also yielded a positive experience,
on net, the overall sentiment was more
mixed than in NAFCU's survey.

Chart 2 shows the results to this same
question asking respondents to assess their
current experience with WFH, split out
by pre-COVID-19 utilization of WFH.
Respondents' pre-COVID-19 usage was
bucketed into the following categories:
"none," "a little" (up to 10 percent of staff
regularly WFH), "some" (>10 percent
to 50 percent), and "a lot" (>50 percent).
Interestingly, responses were extremely
positive for every pre-COVID-19 bucket,
even for credit unions who had no staff
members working remotely prior to the
pandemic. The phrasing of the question is
important, as respondents were asked to
judge WFH during the pandemic against
their expectations at the outset. It may be
that credit unions with less experience with
remote work anticipated more challenges
and therefore had lower expectations.

Chart 1: How WFH Has Functioned During COVID-19, Comparison of
NAFCU and Upwork Surveys
Much better
As expected
Much worse

Somewhat better
Somewhat worse

NAFCU Survey

Upwork Survey
0%

20%

40%

60%

80%

100%

Sources: NAFCU State of the Industry survey, "Future of Remote Work" (Upwork)

THE NAFCU JOURNAL  SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2020



The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020

The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - Cover1
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - Cover2
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 1
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 2
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 3
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 4
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 5
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 6
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 7
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 8
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 9
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 10
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 11
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 12
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 13
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 14
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 15
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 16
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 17
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 18
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 19
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 20
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 21
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 22
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 23
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 24
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 25
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 26
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 27
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 28
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 29
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 30
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 31
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 32
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 33
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 34
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 35
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 36
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 37
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 38
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 39
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - 40
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - Cover3
The NAFCU Journal September-October 2020 - Cover4
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/nafcu_NovemberDecember2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/nafcu_SeptOct2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/nafcu_JulAug2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/nafcu_MayJun2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/nafcu_MarApr2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/nafcu_JanFeb2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/nafcu_NovDec2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/G109023_nafcu_septoct2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/G106941_nafcu_julaug2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/G105388_nafcu_mayjun2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/G103030_nafcu_marapr2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/G88665_nafcu_janfeb2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/G100235_nafcu_novdec2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/G98517_nafcu_septoct2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/G96479_nafcu_julaug2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/G93390_nafcu_mayjune2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/G90161_nafcu_marapr2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/G88665_nafcu_janfeb2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/G83806_nafcu_novdec2017
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/G80296_nafcu_septoct2017
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/G79086_nafcu_julyaugust2017
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/G75911_nafcu_mayjune2017
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/G73247_nafcu_marapr2017
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/G71923_nafcu_janfeb2017
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/G69249_nafcu_novdec2016
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/nafcu_septoct2016
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/g63853_nafcu_julaug2016
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/g61005_nafcu_mayjun2016
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/g58935_nafcu_marapr2016
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/g56716_nafcu_janfeb2016
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/g55605_nafcu_novdec2015
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/g53582_nafcu_sepoct2015
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/g52154_nafcu_july2015
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/g50302_nafcu_mayjune2015
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/g48554_nafcu_marapr2015
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/g47118_nafcu_janfeb15
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/g45886_nafcu_novdec2014
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/g44155_nafcu_sepoct2014
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/g42892_nafcu_julyaug2014
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/g41296_nafcu_mayjun2014
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/g39799_nafcu_marapr2014
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/g38961_nafcu_janfeb2014
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/g38041_nafcu_novdec2013
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/g36539_nafcu_sepoct2013
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NAFCU/g34910_nafcu_julaug2013
https://www.nxtbookmedia.com