How Banks Can Retain Top Junior Bankers

It’s no secret that banks are constantly scoping out the landscape of promising talent in the banking world.  For many institutions, the bulk of investment in development of junior bankers comes in the way of time, training, and identifying future professional paths.  However, junior bankers are also one of the most highly recruited individuals in the banking world because loyalties might not yet be developed and compensation packages aren’t quite exorbitant yet, making them prime targets for outside banks to entice away.

So, what’s a bank to do when it comes to recruiting the right people and retaining existing up-and-comers? Banks looking to acquire and retain top talent need to create strategies, some of which are:

  • Ensure the right individuals are hired
  • Respect and trust employees
  • Allow employees the authority and responsibility to get their jobs done as autonomously as possible
  • Create a positive environment that fosters loyalty and positive morale
  • Give recognition for achievement and feedback on performance opportunities

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GSBLSU Class of 2019

The Graduate School of Banking at LSU has begun accepting applications from bank officers who wish to attend the 2019 session as members of the Class of 2021.  The session is scheduled for May 19 – 31, 2019 and applications are arriving daily.  Students of GSBLSU attend classes regarding all areas of banking, experience teaching from some of the industry’s foremost experts, and make invaluable, long-lasting connections with fellow students and faculty, but the benefits hardly stop there.  To learn more about the program, click below to download our 2019 brochure or our guide of “9 Important Reasons to Attend GSBLSU.”  We hope to see you soon!

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Faculty Tribute to Dr. Don Woodland

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The Graduate School of Banking at LSU has been in existence since 1950 and is the largest venue for banker education.  Dr. Don Woodland has been at the helm of this prestigious program for over half a century.  Similar to the majestic clock tower and the live oak trees on the LSU campus, Dr. Woodland has become an institution and a legend that will stand the test of time.

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2018 Winners: GSBLSU Bank Management Simulation

bank management simulation courseEvery year, the seniors of GSBLSU take part in the Bank Management Simulation course, a computer-based program that is specifically designed to provide students with a look into management and the decision-making process in specific banking areas, such as investments, funds management, risk management, loans, and asset/liability management.

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5 Leadership Qualities to Develop for the Future [INFOGRAPHIC]

Regardless of title or position, leadership qualities are something everyone should strive to attain.  From running an entire organization to managing a team to being a parent, possessing the skills to inspire and guide others can set you up for success and simplify many aspects of life.  At GSBLSU, leadership qualities and techniques are an important area of focus for our future graduates, because we understand just how applicable these skills are in banking and beyond.  Below, we expand on just five aspects of leadership that we encourage students to develop for a successful future.

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GSBLSU Donates 38 Computers to Local Non-Profits

The Graduate School of Banking has donated thirty-eight computers to two non-profits in Baton Rouge. The school asked for proposals from non-profit organizations and evaluated their needs and use.

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6 Steps to Take When Transaction Risk is Too High [INFOGRAPHIC]

Any banker, regardless of their position within the institution, can tell you that the industry is fraught with challenges and potential risks.  At GSBLSU, a core area of focus is preparing every student to understand these risks and how they impact not only their own position, but their bank as a whole.  Furthermore, students should understand the most appropriate steps to take when encountered with such situations.  This is precisely the goal of our “Credit Risk Management” class, instructed by Professor Gary Higgins.  Professor Higgins covers many topics throughout the course, including emerging trends, core functions of a risk rating system, and precise steps that can be taken when transaction risk is just too high.


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6 Factors to Motivate Employees (Besides Money) [INFOGRAPHIC]

If you think money is the best way to motivate your employees, you may be wrong!  According to GSBLSU professor, Steve Robichaux, money only comes into play as a motivator when there isn’t enough of it.  When you do have “enough” money, more may be nice, but it won’t necessarily serve as motivation.  Here are six other rewards to consider that are proven to truly motivate, not just satisfy:


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5 Reasons Bankers Should Attend GSBLSU [INFOGRAPHIC] 

If you are looking for a way to advance your career within your current financial institution, there are several reasons that attending the Graduate School of Banking at LSU should be at the top of your list.  From a proven track for professional development to invaluable networking opportunities, there are plenty of benefits associated with the program.  Below are just five of the top advantages awaiting future students, but there are still many more (crawfish boil, anyone?)!  Take a look, and when you’re done, click the button below to complete your application for the upcoming 2020 session and join us from May 25th to June 5th.

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Current Banking Issues: Recognizing the Red Flags of Elder Financial Exploitation

Portrait of a very happy senior woman - indoors.jpegElder financial exploitation is the illegal or improper use of an elderly person’s funds for someone else’s profit.  This type of financial fraud, while morally reprehensible, is unfortunately becoming a bigger problem for banks and their older clientele.  There are currently over 5 million cases of elder financial exploitation each year.  75% of these crimes are committed by family members.  The second most notorious group is caregivers; making seniors and the disabled prime targets for financial abuse.

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