Articles Tagged with 'employees'

CUs Serve Only One Master

July 01, 2011
What's the single most enduring factor giving credit unions a competitive edge? READ MORE

Pink: Embrace Three Principles of Motivation

June 21, 2011
Give employees more autonomy and let them come up with their own creative solutions. READ MORE

Mobile Devices Raise Security Concerns

June 16, 2011
Pressure to provide choice within company technology policies is increasing. READ MORE

The Looming Retirement Crisis

June 06, 2011
While mandated savings may be a tough sell, Americans may need more of a paternalistic, rather than libertarian, approach to get them to save for retirement. READ MORE

Nursing Mother Rule Is a Smart Retention Tool

April 01, 2011
All employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act must provide lactation breaks. READ MORE

Imaging Horsepower

February 08, 2011
To deal with increases in content, document imaging and Computer Output Laser Disk have been replaced by Enterprise Content Management. READ MORE

Cultivate Future Leaders

January 01, 2011
Build working relationships with the 20-somethings who'll be future supervisors. READ MORE

Community Service Is a Core Value

October 01, 2010
California CU's volunteer program has had a 100% employee participation rate for the past seven years. READ MORE

Leading Edge

October 01, 2010

What can CUs learn from Pixar's approach to innovation and imagination?

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People Mergers

September 20, 2010
What's the big deal about mergers? Your credit union has checklists for: to-do items, systems the merging credit union uses, its phone system, products and services, rates, number of members, select employee group locations, and so on. 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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