Articles Tagged with 'Rock Stars'

A Champion of Change

December 27, 2013
'The sooner we embrace new immigrants, the sooner we’ll have stronger communities.' READ MORE

Developing Tomorrow's CU Leaders

December 26, 2013
Three themes emerge from Bill Vogeney’s career: Service, education, and financial performance. READ MORE

Hooked on CUs From Day One

December 24, 2013
‘The people made it easy to get involved, learn, and grow.’ READ MORE

Bringing New Business on Board

December 23, 2013
Be strategic in your business development efforts. READ MORE

Making an Impact in Motown

December 02, 2013
Progressive programs have positive impact on community. READ MORE

New Conference Kindles Cooperative Spirit

November 26, 2013
'CUs can make a huge difference in the lives of people struggling to keep up.' READ MORE

Calling the Central City Home 'Bass'

November 15, 2013
'Don't assume you can't profitably serve working poor and modest income households.' READ MORE

Empowering Employees to Serve Members

November 08, 2013
Branch manager leads by example with high energy and empathy. READ MORE

Passionate About CU Philosophy and Leadership

November 07, 2013
‘I love to participate in work that makes a difference.’ READ MORE

On a Mission to Protect the System

October 30, 2013
'Credit unions are the right financial institutions for most Americans.' 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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