Tech Time: Luck or foresight?

Wisconsin credit union leverages branch technology both old and new to serve members through the pandemic.

“We were lucky,” says CUES member Tammy Pelletier, COO of $448 million United OneCredit Union based in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. What she means is that United One CU got unexpected help during the branch closures from technology the organization had already put in place with no thought of a pandemic. In this case, the credit union was employing two young men who were about to go off to college as video tellers in the contact center. They were productive. They wanted to keep working, and the CU wanted them to.

So together, they crossed the bridge to work-from-home banking. United One CU set up the right equipment in the house the two college students were renting. “It worked out really well for us,” Pelletier reports. “They worked opposite shifts. Then the pandemic hit, and we used that model for sending some of our branch tellers to work from home. IT went to work to set them up with stations. We needed to ensure privacy, and we wanted it to look businesslike, so we found appropriate background panels that could hook on the back of the teller’s chair.”

Pelletier predicts that some tellers will come back to branches and some will continue to work from home, but that has yet to be worked out. “We don’t know what’s coming with the virus, so we’re not in a hurry to bring them back to our branches,” she observes.


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