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March 01, 2012
It’s the International Year of Cooperatives—the perfect time for CUs to share how they improve the lives of members and the communities they serve. READ MORE

Connect With Members During the Year of Cooperatives

January 01, 2012
With the New Year also comes a new reason to celebrate—the International Year of Cooperatives. READ MORE

 WOCCU 101: Our Passion Is the Member

October 24, 2011
This year, as we celebrate 40 years of WOCCU, what are the lessons we have learned? READ MORE

Cheney Shares ICU Day Message

October 22, 2011
CU philosophy is something that makes us unique in this country, but is part of something larger worldwide, Cheney says. READ MORE

Many Members, One Mission

October 21, 2011
They come in many sizes and levels of sophistication, and they operate under different names. But credit unions around the world have one thing in common—they put members first. READ MORE

Twelve Ways to Observe the International Year of Co-ops

October 20, 2011
The United Nations’ 2012 International Year of Cooperatives is only days away. The year-long observance promises a wealth of opportunities for CUs. READ MORE

WOCCU Turns 40

November 10, 2010
WOCCU evolved from CUNA's World Extension Department, developed in the 1950s to attack usury on a global scale. READ MORE

Happy ICU Day

November 01, 2010
A sampling of unique and creative International CU Day activities. 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

The First Credit Union Day

October 21, 2010
On Jan. 17, 1927, the Credit Union League of Massachusetts celebrated the first official holiday for credit union members and workers. 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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