Articles Tagged with 'retirement'

Boomers Look for Advisers

February 01, 2011
Failing to capture baby boomers' retirement assets could deal a big blow to CUs. 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 Bottom Line on Boomers

August 20, 2010
Here are steps your CU can take to help retain boomer members. READ MORE

Lower Your 401(k) Plan Costs

July 29, 2010

Increasingly, employers who provide their employees with a retirement plan are relying on 401(k) and similar defined contribution plans instead of defined benefit plans. As a result, participants are paying more of the cost of managing their pension plans, which can take a substantial toll on their retirement savings.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics Releases Benefits Survey

July 28, 2010

The Bureau of Labor Statistic’s National Compensation Survey provides comprehensive measures of occupational earnings, compensation cost trends, the incidence of benefits, and detailed benefit provisions.

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How Does Your 401(k) Plan Stack Up?

August 27, 2009
It used to be that simply offering your employees a 401(k) plan with the basic features was enough. But in the post-financial crisis era, it's important to measure your plan's success and take action when needed. 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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