Articles Tagged with 'innovation'

Gear Up for Success

January 07, 2013
Find the right tools to help your CU weather any storm that comes along. READ MORE

CUSO Collaboration

June 01, 2012
Investing in a CUSO is not just for larger credit unions, even a small investment gives a credit union a stake in the action. READ MORE

Disrupting the Status Quo

December 20, 2011
Going against the grain in business can pay off in a big way. READ MORE

Pink’s Motivation Principles

August 01, 2011
Behavioral research has taught us a great deal about what motivates people. Unfortunately, most organizations continue to practice terribly outdated methods of employee motivation. READ MORE

Long Live the CIO

July 17, 2011
It’s clear IT professionals are increasingly feeling pressure as their role evolves. READ MORE

Lead Innovation to Meaningful Uniqueness

June 27, 2011
If you're not meaningfully unique, you'd better be cheaper than competitors. READ MORE

Act Like a Shark: Keep Moving

April 06, 2011
You may think you don't have enough time, money, or people to innovate. But limited resources can force us to be more creative. READ MORE

Eight Steps to Affordable Innovation

March 23, 2011
Innovation doesn't require vast resources—but it requires people to start somewhere. READ MORE

Top Tech Innovations

December 01, 2010
The CUNA Technology Council executive committee offers a brief glimpse at technologies on the cusp of wider acceptance. READ MORE

Top Tech Trends and Annoyances

December 01, 2010
It’s a bellwether time for tech innovations. 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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