Articles Tagged with 'employees'

Enterprise Risk Management

November 26, 2012
Comprehensive ERM training will enhance directors’ understanding of the balance sheet—and improve decision making. READ MORE

The Dream Job

November 12, 2012
We may not find immediate gratification as we walk our career paths, but it’s important to set goals and fuel our passions as we go. READ MORE

Live an Inspired and Inspiring Life

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

CUs Exchange Onboarding Best Practices

October 25, 2012
The first 90 days is crucial for making or breaking a new-member relationship. READ MORE

Entering the World of Social Media

October 24, 2012
Be patient with social media. It takes time to accumulate critical mass, identify influencers, and resolve issues. READ MORE

Go to the Head of the Class

October 15, 2012
A recent class reunion reveals former classmates’ vast differences. READ MORE

This Recession Is No Picnic

September 24, 2012
The recession has required all of us—employers and employees alike—to make some sacrifices. READ MORE

Mobile Devices Present Workplace Risks

September 04, 2012
The convenience of mobile devices comes with a down side—significant security risks. READ MORE

How to Avoid Labor Litigation

August 31, 2012
Legal actions have exploded in recent years in both private and class-action lawsuits. READ MORE

CUs Loosen the Salary Purse Strings

August 21, 2012
Variable pay remains a popular way to reward employees without increasing fixed costs. 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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