Articles Tagged with 'investment'

Expect Fewer Corporates in CUs’ Future

March 04, 2011
Corporates will focus more on settlement and payment services; less on investments. READ MORE

Attract Member Investments

February 01, 2011
Three credit unions share best practices for outsourced investment programs. READ MORE

Compliance Matters

November 01, 2010
NCUA's rule on STS loans, CRA compliance update, and investment due diligence. READ MORE

Lower Your 401(k) Plan Costs

July 29, 2010

Increasingly, employers who provide their employees with a retirement plan are relying on 401(k) and similar defined contribution plans instead of defined benefit plans. As a result, participants are paying more of the cost of managing their pension plans, which can take a substantial toll on their retirement savings.

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Excess Liquidity: What To Do?

July 09, 2010
Credit unions should prepare for an extended deposit-rich, low-rate, low-credit-demand environment for the next 12 to 24 months. READ MORE

CUs' Future Success Depends On Collaboration

June 01, 2006
For many years, the raison d'etre for credit union service organizations revolved around their investment programs. But that has changed. 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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