Articles Tagged with 'technology'

Top Tech Trends and Annoyances

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

Technology Best Practices, Part II

November 05, 2010
Changing system access requests from a manual procedure to an automated process was an essential step in the ongoing evolution of system access security at Affinity Plus FCU. READ MORE

Special Report, Part I: Technology Best Practices

October 29, 2010
Just like the Little Red Hen, Envision CU creates its own solution when faced with an overwhelming obstacle. READ MORE

What's Your Plan?

October 25, 2010
Technology plans are like politicians: short on substance, long on prose, and unlikely to do what they're supposed to do. READ MORE

What Skills Will IT Staff Need Most in the Future?

September 20, 2010
Learning and knowing Web development tools, HTML, and Javascript will help IT staff and their CUs succeed. READ MORE

Are IT Budgets Poised for a Comeback?

September 17, 2010
Conventional wisdom says technology is outdated in three years unless it’s upgraded or replaced. Throw in the Great Recession, and you get delayed tech investments. READ MORE

IT Budgets Tackle Pent-Up Demand

September 02, 2010
Technology upgrades put on hold during the recession might be necessary in 2011. READ MORE

Make Technology More Efficient

September 01, 2010
With earnings pressures likely to continue, 2010 should be a year of automating tasks and work processes to drive efficiency. READ MORE

Comply or Die

August 27, 2010
Think you can put off data security compliance to stretch a limited operating budget? Think again. READ MORE

U.S. Could Become 'Fraudster's Paradise' by 2012

July 15, 2010
By 2012, the U.S. will stand alone as the only major country without chip-card technology. 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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