Articles Tagged with 'benefits'

Forge Small Business Relationships: Five Strategies

October 28, 2010
Banking industry turmoil and tighter lending standards present incredible opportunities for CUs in the small business lending arena. READ MORE

Cheney Shares ICU Day Message

October 21, 2010
This year's theme of “Local, trusted, serving you” perfectly captures what makes CUs so appealing to consumers across the nation and around the globe. READ MORE

Workers’ Share of Health Premiums Jumps

September 20, 2010
Workers are paying nearly $4,000 this year on average toward the cost of family health coverage—14% more than what they paid last year. READ MORE

Ten Tips on Going Virtual

September 09, 2010
Virtualization will have a dramatic impact on CU data centers during the next three to five years. READ MORE

On My Mind: What's a Credit Union?

August 30, 2010
Credit unions have a tremendous amount of work to do to move the needle on consumer awareness. READ MORE

Health-Care Reform and CUs

August 09, 2010
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 together comprise the new health-care reform law. READ MORE

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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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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