Articles Tagged with 'congress'

Hill Visits Focus on H.R. 1418

March 22, 2012
CU leaders thanked co-sponsors of the bill for their support. READ MORE

‘Go Forth and Fight for CUs’

March 20, 2012
Even more beautiful than the cherry blossoms gracing the National Mall are the 4,000 credit union faces attending the 2012 GAC, outgoing CUNA Chairman Harriet May told GAC attendees on Monday. READ MORE

Expect Continued Legislative Gridlock

March 19, 2012
Little legislative progress took place in 2011—and in 2012, the gridlock could be even worse. READ MORE

Capitol Gridlock

March 01, 2012
Political science professors have been known to tell this joke to their first-year students. Recently, Congress has done an excellent job of living up to the spirit of that joke. READ MORE

Interchange: A Coda

August 08, 2011
On June 29, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors adopted its debit interchange final rule, described (by some) as "surprising" and by others as "infuriating." READ MORE

Cheney: State of CUs is ‘Extremely Good’

June 21, 2011
CUs must be consistent in their messages to Congress. READ MORE

An Issue That Unites and Infuriates

March 08, 2011
CUNA urges Congress to take another look at the interchange provision and its impact on smaller institutions. READ MORE

May sees strength in ‘one’ voice

March 02, 2011
Getting legislation through Congress will be challenging. All the more reason for CUs to present a united front during Hill visit discussions with representatives. READ MORE

Cheney envisions big voice, message on Capitol Hill

March 01, 2011
CUs need to change the conversation when they meet with their legislators. READ MORE

We Have a Big Job Ahead of Us

February 27, 2011
The 112th Congress is dramatically different than its predecessor. 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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