Sheffield, Ala. – Thursday, June 30, 2022 – Bank Independent has become certified as a Most Loved Workplace®, backed by Best Practice Institute (BPI) research and analysis. Most Loved Workplace® validation provides the most comprehensive look at workplace sentiment for organizations today.
“This year we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of our founding, and from the beginning, care for our team members has been central to who we are and what we are about as an organization,” said Penny Camp, Chief People Officer at Bank Independent. “As we have grown in recent years, we have become even more intentional about guarding our values and enhancing the culture established by our founders and leaders. As we looked to the next seventy-five years, we will continue to keep our team members at the heart of everything we do to create a workplace that team members enjoy and where they feel valued.”
Bank Independent has been certified as a certified Most Loved Workplace® because of its commitment to providing a positive culture and engaging environment for employees. It all centers around the vision and mission of the bank, to be the bank of choice of the communities we serve and to make a positive difference in people’s lives.
“The Most Loved Workplace certification is an honor that again validates our mission of making a positive difference in people’s lives,” Bank Independent CEO, Rick Wardlaw said. “I am proud our team members take ownership of our mission and create an engaging, meaningful work experience for each other, building on our reputation as the employer of choice in our communities.”
Most Loved Workplaces® certify companies where employees are the happiest and most satisfied at work. Bank Independent became certified as a Most Loved Workplace based on its scores on the Love of Workplace Index™, which surveyed employees on various elements around employee satisfaction and sentiment, including the level of respect, collaboration, support, and sense of belonging they feel inside the Company.
"I started Most Loved Workplaces out of inspiration from my community of people who consciously place love for their employees at the center of their business model," said Louis Carter, the founder, and CEO of BPI and a social/organizational psychologist, thought leader, entrepreneur, and author. Carter's book, "In Great Company: How to Spark Peak Performance by Creating an Emotionally Connected Workplace," identifies the specific areas needed to become a highly respected, reputable organization where people love to work with each other – a Most Loved Workplace.
In its original research that created MLW criteria, Backed by BPI, Most Loved Workplaces surveyed more than 175 companies and more than 3,000 executives across the United States, the Middle East/Northern Africa, and Southeast Asia. They found that productivity rises as employee sentiment increases, with 94 percent of responders saying they did three to four times more work for a company they loved and 95 percent saying they stayed at companies they loved three to four times longer. Most Loved Workplaces certification is the most valid method to determine employee experience and recognize a great workplace.
To apply for and get certified as a Most Loved Workplace and be considered for next year's list in Newsweek, visit mostlovedworkplace.com.
To learn more about the Best Practice Institute, visit bestpracticeinstitute.org.
To view America's Top 100 Most Loved Workplaces in Newsweek, visit
View the company certification page here https://mostlovedworkplace.com/companies/bank-independent-2/
About Bank Independent
Since 1947, Bank Independent has taken pride in serving the customers who count on us to be there for them when they need us most. With 28 traditional Sales Offices across North Alabama, an on-campus Deshler Tiger Branch, and the Digital Sales Office, we’re committed to providing the best service, designing the most desired products and creating an overall excellent experience for each and every customer. As a local community bank, we believe in building relationships that run deep and last. All of our employees reside in our local communities and believe in giving back through volunteering. To become part of a bank that makes a positive difference in people’s lives, visit us at bibank.com.