Articles Tagged with 'leaders'

Give HR a Seat at the Leadership Table

April 10, 2014
‘Many in executive leadership have not given HR leaders the respect they deserve.’ READ MORE

Don’t Roll the Dice on Leadership

May 01, 2013
Don’t force upwardly mobile employees to keep their intensions secret. READ MORE

Vote for a CU Hero

April 07, 2013
This year’s winner, or his/her representative, will be honored at CUNA’s America’s CU Conference in New York City, June 30 to July 3. Vote now. READ MORE

Step Into the Role of a Leader Without Stumbling

October 01, 2012
The move to a role where you’re responsible for the work of others can be abrupt and awkward. READ MORE

 New Challenges Require New Leadership

August 20, 2012
Today’s constantly changing business environment calls for a different type of leadership. READ MORE

Leading From the Front

May 14, 2012
Good leaders like George Washington, Ray Crock, and Henry Ford, were successful because they led by example. READ MORE

CUs Champion Youth Financial Education

March 03, 2011
Creativity and determination can produce dramatic results, especially in the realm of youth financial education. READ MORE

Staying Focused

January 27, 2011
CU leaders who “have been around the block a few times” offer some valuable insights. READ MORE

The Agility Imperative: Tune Up for Future Success

August 23, 2010
Constant preparedness and the ability to adapt to change will separate the wheat from the chaff in the months and years ahead. READ MORE

Collins: Adhere to Core Values

July 13, 2010
Adhering to unshakeable core values is the only thing that helps even great companies remain great. 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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