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March 14, 2024   •   News  

SAFE Credit Union received the inaugural Culture Champion Award from WorkTango

Folsom, Calif. – (March 12, 2024) – SAFE Credit Union – a six-time Best Place to Work honoree – received the inaugural Culture Champion Award from WorkTango, industry leaders in employee engagement.

"SAFE Credit Union exemplifies what it means to be a Culture Champion because of their commitment to making their team feel valued at an exceptional level,” says WorkTango Customer Marketing Manager Barbara Nitke.

“Through the WorkTango recognition and rewards platform, SAFE Credit Union has consistently demonstrated how effective recognition can bring teams together, fostering a happy, united, and engaged workforce. WorkTango is proud to honor SAFE Credit Union with the Culture Champion Award, celebrating their leadership in creating an environment where employees truly thrive," Nitke adds. 

WorkTango provides the credit union’s employee engagement platform. Employees use the tool to celebrate and share kudos and milestones. They earn points through rewards and wellness incentives such as learning a new skill or improving healthy habits. Employees can redeem points for time off or for prizes.

“SAFE employees love celebrating each other on WorkTango,” says SAFE Credit Union Vice President of Engagement and Change Management Jessica Marler, adding that in 2023, SAFE’s 700+ employees gave kudos and celebrated milestones and achievements 85,142 times and awarded over 7 million points.

“We are honored and humbled to receive this award. We already knew our employees are supportive of one another, and this award certainly confirms that we have a strong, collaborative culture,” she says.

SAFE, a not-for-profit financial cooperative, received multiple honors for its workplace culture in the past several years, most notably from the Sacramento Business Journal, which has named SAFE as a best place to work as a large employer in the region for six years in a row.

“WorkTango helps our employees feel connected and appreciated,” Marler says. “It’s a very busy platform at SAFE, and it’s always so rewarding to see our teams embrace a culture of celebration, support, and collaboration.”

The Cultural Champion Award is part of a new WorkTango Excellence Award Series that includes other honors such as Appreciation Champion Award, Leadership Luminary Award, and Incentive Innovator Award. Other 2024 recipients in the new award series include Legoland, North American Risk Services and Universal Studios.

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About SAFE

SAFE Credit Union has made members an integral part of its vision since 1940. Over the years the credit union has kept the focus on what really matters, putting members first, a formula that has seen SAFE grow into a leading financial institution in Northern California with more than $4.7 billion in assets and about 236,000 members. SAFE crafts every cutting-edge product and sterling service with members’ needs foremost in mind. In addition to banking services conveniently available through online, chat, mobile, or phone options, SAFE offers in-person care for members and small businesses at service centers across the Greater Sacramento region. SAFE is a not-for-profit, state-chartered credit union with membership open to businesses and individuals living or working in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado, Sutter, Butte, Nevada, Solano, San Joaquin, Contra Costa, Yuba, Amador, and Alameda counties. Insured by NCUA.

About WorkTango

At WorkTango, we’re revolutionizing how the world’s most forward-thinking companies engage and inspire their people. We offer the only holistic Employee Experience Platform built for the modern workplace that enables meaningful recognition and rewards, offers actionable insights through employee surveys, and supports alignment through goal setting and feedback. WorkTango is built for the workplace we all want to be a part of – where priorities become clear, achievements are celebrated, and employees have a voice. Learn more at

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