Articles Tagged with 'collaboration'

Scenes from NACUSO 2014

April 16, 2014
Conference draws nearly 450 attendees to Lake Buena Vista, Fla. READ MORE

Be a ‘Rock Star’ Marketer

March 13, 2014
‘Success today is a team sport.’ READ MORE

Intellectual Curiosity Trumps Insularity

October 09, 2013
Venturing outside your comfort zone is key to discovering new ideas. READ MORE

Employee Engagement Takes Teamwork

August 19, 2013
Ask employees five questions to generate participation, determine goals, and encourage ownership. READ MORE

Future Growth Strategy: Collaborate with Competitors

May 06, 2013
‘Future growth will come from crossing boundaries.’ READ MORE

Tough Times Are Opportunistic Times

April 01, 2013
Members are the best weapon against recessions, burdensome regulations, and a stalled Congress. READ MORE

Our Heritage Is One of Our Most Valuable Assets

October 01, 2012
Learning about the sacrifices of those who built the CU movement focuses people on how it should move forward. READ MORE

Gen Y Merits Different Approach From CUs

June 20, 2012
How do you make inroads with young consumers? Give them something they can believe in. READ MORE

Small CU Roundtable Meets at ACUC

June 18, 2012
Small CU professionals kick off the 2012 America’s Credit Union Conference Sunday afternoon. READ MORE

Small CU Roundtable Addresses ‘Big Picture’ Concerns

February 28, 2011
Small CUs discussed collaboration, regulation, and corporate stabilization, among other topics, during Sunday's Small CU Roundtable. 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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