Articles Tagged with 'employees'

Cupid and the Cubicle

April 26, 2013
Up to 40% of employees admit to dating a co-worker. READ MORE

Help Employees Rediscover Their Mojo

April 15, 2013
'We try to instill the concept that we're a learning organization, and that it's better to ask than to make a mistake.' READ MORE

Poodles or Ferrets?

April 15, 2013
Financial fraudsters exhibit dogged determination. READ MORE

A Recipe for Success

April 15, 2013
What’s cooking at your CU? READ MORE

Service is the Problem; Technology is the Answer

March 14, 2013
Members will leave when it becomes more difficult to do business with you than to move their accounts. READ MORE

Getting a Good Stretch

March 06, 2013
Many consumers are over-extended with payday loans. READ MORE

Culture Club: California CU Immerses Staff in Hispanics’ Language, Customs

February 18, 2013
Hispanics comprise 20% of the total membership at Travis CU, the dividend from an eight-year effort to appeal to the community. READ MORE

Size Up the Power of Your People

February 08, 2013
CUs analyze reams of data daily, but many fall short when quantifying the impact of their most important resource: employees. READ MORE

Benefit Costs Shift to Staff

January 30, 2013
Communicating health-care actions can help CUs manage the impact of benefits changes. READ MORE

Benefits Still Matter in a Down Economy

January 29, 2013
When benefits start to slide, salaries become far more important. 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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