Articles Tagged with 'advocacy'

The Versatility of Social Media

April 08, 2014
Social media plays a role in customer service, crisis management and advocacy. READ MORE

A Wall of Inspiration

April 01, 2014
See more inspiring Unite for Good stories and photos on display during upcoming CUNA conferences. READ MORE

Ready for Action After ‘Big Win’

April 01, 2014
Banks will want to turn the tables now. READ MORE

Prepare for the End of Gridlock

March 07, 2014
CUs must stay engaged in the process the entire time—an advocacy marathon, so to speak. READ MORE

The Face of Advocacy

March 01, 2014
The fight to maintain CUs’ tax exemption may be decided by Washington’s power brokers, but the decision ultimately will affect even the smallest among us. READ MORE

GAC Attendees Hike the Hill

February 26, 2014
CU leaders meet with their legislators to garner support on key issues. READ MORE

AACUL’s Farley Award Goes to Brett Thompson

February 24, 2014
Recognition given for visionary leadership at the state and national levels. READ MORE

Strategic Philanthropy is Key to 'Unite for Good'

February 23, 2014
How to create awareness so Americans choose CUs as their best financial partners. READ MORE

CUNA's Top Legislative and Regulatory Priorities

February 23, 2014
Emphasize the benefits of the federal tax exemption while fending off bankers’ attacks at the state and local level. READ MORE

Wesenberg: Seize Opportunities for Advocacy

February 20, 2014
Help legislators understand the real CU difference. 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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