Articles Tagged with 'cooperatives'

Five Insights from the Filene Research Institute

March 21, 2013
Did you know the average American household has the same house for only seven years? READ MORE

Scenes from the Community CU & Growth Conference

November 02, 2012
CUs may behave like cooperatives, but they should brag more about being cooperatives. READ MORE

Celebrating CU Uniqueness

October 02, 2012
Three dates to circle in red on your fall calendar: Oct. 8, Oct. 18, and Nov. 5 READ MORE

Policy Makers Worldwide See the Value of Cooperatives

October 01, 2012
What CUs do has changed considerably over the years—but why CUs do what they do remains unchanged. READ MORE

Can the Movement Reach for a Common Vision?

October 01, 2012
People are turning to CUs for value, great service, and a sense of community—and CUs continue to deliver. READ MORE

ICU Day 2012: Members Matter Most

October 01, 2012
The message is simple and direct, and embraces the key concept behind credit unions: “Members Matter Most.” READ MORE

Cyclists Ride for Cooperatives

August 07, 2012
‘It’s a shame that the member business lending cap limits our ability to work with credit unions.’ READ MORE

Co-op Power

January 10, 2012
Many credit unions are joining forces with cooperatives from other sectors, such as grocery and housing co-ops, for mutual benefit. READ MORE

Celebrating the Year of Cooperatives

January 10, 2012
Credit unions around the world will recognize the contributions cooperatives make every day in the lives of members and their communities. READ MORE

Cheney Shares ICU Day Message

October 22, 2011
CU philosophy is something that makes us unique in this country, but is part of something larger worldwide, Cheney says. 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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