Articles Tagged with 'values'

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

Gen Y Merits Different Approach From CUs

June 20, 2012
How do you make inroads with young consumers? Give them something they can believe in. READ MORE

CU Magazine Announces CU Hero of the Year

May 02, 2012
Landmark’s motto, “You’re worth more here,” seems especially appropriate for the times. READ MORE

Recapture the Passion

April 16, 2012
Rekindling the enthusiasm our movement's pioneers had for the CU idea just might make CUs indispensable. READ MORE

Crisis Management Requires Planning

October 06, 2011
How would your board grade itself on crisis management? READ MORE

Passing the Torch

February 08, 2011
Mentoring is the key to passing vision and values to future CU leaders. READ MORE

Real Estate at a Crossroads?

September 01, 2010
CUs are continuing with strong underwriting standards while helping members as much as possible to stay in their homes. READ MORE

Three-Part Harmony

November 17, 2008
I often look to my daughter's life as a way to better understand the world around me. At age 15 and as a high-school freshman, she's very musically inclined. (She gets it from her mother.) Yet... 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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