Articles Tagged with 'leadership'

Hope Unhinged

May 03, 2013
'I always encourage people to be bolder.' READ MORE

Scenes from the 2013 THINK Conference

May 01, 2013
The conference runs April 29 to May 2 in Chicago. READ MORE

Don’t Roll the Dice on Leadership

May 01, 2013
Don’t force upwardly mobile employees to keep their intensions secret. READ MORE

Do Less and Get More

April 06, 2013
The art of subtraction can lead to more innovative approaches and products. READ MORE

A Few Highlights from CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference

April 01, 2013
It’s time for another big idea, journalist and author Tom Brokaw told attendees of CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

The Road to Employee Engagement

February 11, 2013
Engagement is a byproduct of the development and career planning we provide employees. READ MORE

Volunteer Leadership: What’s Old Is New Again

January 13, 2013
One great strength of our movement is the volunteer board of directors. READ MORE

Live an Inspired and Inspiring Life

October 25, 2012
Employees perform better when they’re inspired, not motivated. READ MORE

 New Challenges Require New Leadership

August 20, 2012
Today’s constantly changing business environment calls for a different type of leadership. READ MORE

Catalysts for Change

July 01, 2012
Is your decision making the result of an unexpected catalyst or forward thinking? READ MORE

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Great article! Unfortunately, most employees don’t feel valued or appreciated by their supervisors or employers. In fact, research has shown that the predominant reason team members quit their jobs is because they don’t feel valued. This is in spite of the fact that employee recognition programs have proliferated in the workplace – over 90% of all organizations in the U.S. has some form of employee recognition activities in place. But most employee recognition programs are viewed with skepticism and cynicism – because they aren’t viewed as being genuine in their communication of appreciation. Getting the “employee of the month” award, receiving a certificate of recognition, or a “Way to go, team!” email just don’t get the job done. How do you communicate authentic appreciation? We have found people have different ways that they want to be shown appreciation, and if you don’t communicate in the language of appreciation important to them, you essentially “miss the mark”. Additionally, employees need to receive recognition more than once a year at their performance review. Otherwise, they view the praise as “going through the motions”. A third component of authentic appreciation is that the communication has to be about them personally – not the department, not their group, but something they did. Finally, they have to believe that you mean what you say. How you treat them has to match the words you use. If you are not sure how your team members want to be shown appreciation, the Motivating By Appreciation Inventory (www.appreciationatwork.com/assess) will identify the language of appreciation and specific actions preferred by each employee. You then can create a group profile for your team, so everyone knows how to encourage one another. Remember, employees want to know that they are valued for what they contribute to the success of the organization. And communicating authentic appreciation in the ways they desire it can make the difference between keeping your quality team members or having a negative work environment that everyone wants to leave. Paul White, Ph.D., is the co-author of The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace with Dr. Gary Chapman.

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