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Members and Nonmembers

August 01, 2013
Using this national research as benchmark data, your CU can see how it compares with national averages. READ MORE

CUs Are Cool Again. Embrace It.

August 01, 2013
Consumers are environmentally conscious, health conscious, and financially conscious. READ MORE

Does College Make a Difference?

July 30, 2013
College students are much more likely than noncollege students to have bank accounts. READ MORE

Loyalty Drives Profitability

July 29, 2013
Highly loyal members also sing your CU's praises through social media and in face-to-face interactions. READ MORE

Three Great Initiatives for CUs

July 10, 2013
Our challenge is to be heard— loud and clear. READ MORE

CU Message Shines in Times Square

July 08, 2013
The CUNA advertisement ran for more than two months including throughout ACUC. READ MORE

Scenes from Wednesday at the ACUC

July 03, 2013
The conference in New York City ran from Sunday until Wednesday. READ MORE

ACUC Attendees 'Unite for Good' on NBC's Today Show

July 03, 2013
About 100 credit union supporters attending the ACUC grabbed an early cup of coffee and stopped at NBC's Today Show in New York City. READ MORE

Scenes from Tuesday at the ACUC

July 03, 2013
The conference, which began Sunday, wraps up Wednesday. READ MORE

Open the Doors to Creativity

July 02, 2013
Embrace ‘collective creativity,’ whereby everyone is responsible for contributing to the creative process. 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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