Articles Tagged with 'unemployment'

Light Bulb Moments

January 21, 2013
‘Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.’ READ MORE

Dear President Obama…

December 10, 2012
These suggestions aren’t politically palatable, but at least you have options. READ MORE

Employment Picture a Bit Fuzzy

November 01, 2012
There is good and bad news on the economy, says CUNA economist Mike Schenk. READ MORE

It’s a Piece of Cake!

October 08, 2012
Think about how you reposition products or services to accommodate consumers. READ MORE

‘Drop That GPS and See Where Life Takes You!’

August 27, 2012
Flexibility is essential not only in daily life but in meeting the needs of our jobs and members. READ MORE

The Trouble with Enigmas

August 13, 2012
Consumers don’t have the time or inclination to solve riddles, decipher cryptic messages, or unwrap enigmas. READ MORE

In the Deep Freeze

May 07, 2012
Also chilling is research regarding consumers’ spending and savings habits. READ MORE

Chabot Promotes MBL Bill Despite Banker Objections

March 21, 2012
Ohio republican shares fears about divided government, huge deficits, and the economy. READ MORE

Lessons Learned From Harvey Wallbanger

January 16, 2012
Engaged employees bring innovative ideas, a friendly disposition, a spirit of cooperation, and increased productivity. READ MORE

Wandering in Wonderland?

January 09, 2012
This week’s roundup examines the world economy, income inequality, the ongoing health-care debate, and other issues of the day. 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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