Articles Tagged with 'unions'

Seeking Social Media Success? Be the ‘Community Hub’

April 25, 2012
Chris Brogan’s advice for harnessing the power of social media boils down to two simple words: Be helpful. READ MORE

Health-Care Law Changing CUs’ Coverage

April 23, 2012
Health-care insurance exchanges will continue to move forward regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of the health-care act. READ MORE

Cheney: Act Now on MBL Bill

April 16, 2012
Congress is on recess this week and next, providing a great opportunity to encourage senators to support this legislation. READ MORE

Three Top Compliance Challenges

April 14, 2012
Increased emphasis on these issues will require CUs to re-examine their processes, disclosures, and training. READ MORE

How to Get Started in Lifestyle Lending

April 13, 2012
Lifestyle loans support local retailers, medical providers, and businesses by providing financing to their patients and customers. READ MORE

Three Ideas in Three Minutes

April 09, 2012
CUs could benefit from a more proactive and welcoming approach to new ideas, says Filene’s George Hofheimer. READ MORE

New Threats Require a New Approach to Risk Management

March 29, 2012
Risk management challenges come in all shapes and sizes, from new forms of fraud to the increased regulatory burden. READ MORE

The Four C’s of Employee Engagement

March 29, 2012
Help human resources staff engage employees in their benefits. READ MORE

Disaster Planning: Seven Steps for Smoother Sailing

March 28, 2012
Testing often lands on the back burner, but it’s the only way to ensure the plan will work. READ MORE

The 2012 Economy: ‘Good, Not Great’

March 21, 2012
Barring any major shocks, the U.S. economy should experience gross domestic product growth of 2.5% in 2012. 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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