It makes intuitive sense that a bank would want its own employees to become customers, though it recently took a little more encouragement to coax a number of the WashingtonFirst Bank's employees to open accounts.

Shaza Andersen, the Reston, Va., bank's chief executive, sent out a companywide email late last month stating that employees who did not deposit paychecks into a WashingtonFirst account would be required to pick up paper checks — from her office.

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