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Rock Valley Credit Union Recognized for Workplace Culture

RVCU receives 2021 Kudos® Best Culture Award

LOVES PARK, Ill. (Dec. 16, 2021) - Rock Valley Credit Union (RVCU), a local and independent financial institution that offers personal solutions for individual and family banking needs, is proud to announce its has received a 2021 Kudos®  Best Culture Award in recognition of its inclusive, collaborative and supportive workplace culture.

The 2021 Best Culture Awards recognize organizations dedicated to creating great workplace cultures through efforts to improve employee recognition, employee engagement, and the overall employee experience.

"Congratulations to all the Best Culture Award winners,” said Muni Boga CEO and co-founder at Kudos®. “This year’s award-winners are truly at the top of their game, putting people and culture first with tools like Kudos® to support their organizational goals; the results they are seeing are remarkable.”

As part of the award, RVCU was recognized as a “Culture Innovator” for fostering a strong and supportive culture through creative efforts and thinking outside the box to boost engagement, morale and regular recognition.

"RVCU believes in celebration and recognition, which helps employees feel excited to come to work each day. They know their contributions to the overall mission, and we believe their buy-in makes for happier workers and happier members,” said Darlyne Keller, President and CEO at RVCU. “I’m proud of the culture at RVCU and it’s an honor to be recognized.”

RVCU received the award based on its employee recognition program. At RVCU, employees are encouraged to acknowledge fellow coworkers for major accomplishments, like setting a professional goal, to smaller acts of kindness, like holding a door open for someone. The recognition system allows employees to award their co-workers for going above and beyond on a daily basis. Based on the number of points they collect, they can cash them in for gifts, gift cards, and even extra vacation days.

"Our employees don’t just work at a credit union. They are your neighbors, friends and family. And we believe the culture at work should reflect a place that is safe, welcoming, and encouraging,” said Ana Montoya, Director of Community Outreach at RVCU. “We want to encourage good deeds in hopes that our employees – and our members – might pay it forward.”   

Are you interested in joining the RVCU team? Click here to check out our current job openings and tell us why you would be the perfect addition to the team!

To view the complete list of award winners, visit


About Rock Valley Credit Union

Rock Valley Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial institution owned and operated by its members since 1968. Its field of membership includes Winnebago, Boone, Ogle, DeKalb, Lee and Stephenson Counties, IL, and Green, Rock and Walworth Counties, WI. RVCU prides itself in customized services for each of its 16,000+ members and is dedicated to supporting more than 30 community events and organizations each year. RVCU is headquartered in Loves Park, with additional locations in Rochelle and Machesney Park, IL. For more information, visit


About Kudos®

Kudos® is an employee engagement, culture, and analytics platform, that harnesses the power of peer-to-peer recognition, values reinforcement, and open communication to help organizations boost employee engagement, reduce turnover, improve culture, and drive productivity and performance. Kudos® uses unique proprietary methodologies to deliver essential people analytics on culture, performance, equity, and inclusion, providing organizations with deep insights and a clear understanding of their workforce. Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the Kudos® platform is used in over 80 countries on six continents in a wide variety of industries and languages.