Articles Tagged with 'employees'

Benefits Still Matter in a Down Economy

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

Internal Branding: Find Your Sweet Spot

January 24, 2013
‘Find the sweet spot between what you do well, what customers value, and what you can own over time.’ READ MORE

National Flu Outbreak Widens—Are You Prepared?

January 22, 2013
This year's flu season is one of the worst the country has seen in 10 years, with more than 40 states reporting widespread cases. READ MORE

Four Must-Have Job Skills for 2013

January 19, 2013
Clear communications, personal branding, flexibility and productivity are key skills. READ MORE

Staff Turnover to Rise as Economy Improves

January 15, 2013
Expect dissatisfied, stressed workers to seek job opportunities elsewhere when hiring picks up. READ MORE

Seven Steps to Better Business Development

January 15, 2013
CUs are realizing the importance business development, but aren’t sure how to approach it. READ MORE

CUs Grapple with Rising Benefit Costs

January 14, 2013
While wages stagnate, health insurance costs continue to rise. READ MORE

Maintain a Competitive Edge with Benefits

December 28, 2012
Executive pay in for-profit businesses continues to increase despite weak profit growth. READ MORE

Employee Fraud: Prevent the Inside Job

December 18, 2012
Employee theft causes more business bankruptcies than any other type of crime. READ MORE

Is Staff Training Time Compensable?

December 14, 2012
It's a common misconception that a nonexempt employee's time devoted to training is not counted toward hours worked. 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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