Articles Tagged with 'employees'

Five Ways to Take Advantage of Health-Care Reform

August 26, 2013
Health-care exchanges will allow CUs to maintain quality benefit programs while expanding options for employees. READ MORE

A Fair Analogy

August 19, 2013
We all have the responsibility to know what our function is, and to do it well READ MORE

The Myth of Work-Life Balance

August 18, 2013
‘It’s about picking and choosing, depending on the stage of life you’re in.’ READ MORE

Where Does the Time Go?

August 13, 2013
There’s a collective retirement gap among working households that ranges from $6.8 to $14 trillion depending on the financial measure. READ MORE

Over-the-Top Perks

August 05, 2013
Some employers have taken employee perks to a whole new level. READ MORE

Creative Fire Can Propel CUs to Greatness

July 17, 2013
Leaders must inspire and acknowledge employees. READ MORE

Promoting Work-Life Balance

July 11, 2013
CUs understand that a work environment built on flexibility, support, and solid benefits. READ MORE

Dress for Success

July 10, 2013
Be ‘loud and proud’ about the products and services you offer and the image you present. READ MORE

Innovate the Disney Way

June 26, 2013
Formal process creates ‘a powerful formula for value-creation.’ READ MORE

Nontraditional Services Build Trust

May 28, 2013
'Our licensed agents are all salaried CU employees.' 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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