Articles Tagged with 'innovation'

Scenes from NACUSO 2014

April 18, 2014
Conference draws nearly 450 attendees to Lake Buena Vista, Fla. READ MORE

Your Job Is a Work of Art

April 07, 2014
‘Curiosity serves as a trigger for innovation and invention.’ READ MORE

Enter the Age of the ‘Industrial Internet’

January 24, 2014
‘Marriage of minds and machines’ will help information become intelligence. READ MORE

Let Innovation Ignite Your Team

January 24, 2014
A leader must set the stage for positive, productive energy. READ MORE

Gladwell: Innovation Rewards Patience, Not Haste

November 11, 2013
'The innovation race is not to the swift; the innovation race is to the patient,' the noted author says. READ MORE

Want to Collaborate More? Try 'Radical Collaboration'

November 08, 2013
It's a four-step process, says Matt Krogstad, VP and head of mobile at Bank of the West in Denver. READ MORE

Innovation Often Happens at 'the Click Moment'

November 07, 2013
'The purpose of strategy is to convince ourselves to act,' says Frans Johansson, author and CEO of The Medici Group. READ MORE

How to Get More Core Competition

November 01, 2013
What would happen if the top companies in the U.S. could be lured into building core systems for us? READ MORE

A Source of Innovation

October 25, 2013
Crowd sourcing ideas from CU staff leads to new breakthroughs. READ MORE

‘Failure Isn’t Fatal’ and Other Lessons in Innovation

October 21, 2013
"A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them," says Amplify FCU CEO Paul Trylko. 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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