Articles Tagged with 'literacy'

Student Financial Literacy Programs Prove Effective

June 29, 2011
The best approach to financial literacy involves education, incentives, and automatic enrollment in employer retirement plans, GAO study reports. READ MORE

NCUA Promotes Financial Literacy Grants

April 14, 2011
NCUA will distribute $200,000 in Financial Education and Financial Literacy Initiative grants for low-income CUs. READ MORE

CUNA Offers Board Financial Literacy Certificate

March 14, 2011
CUNA helps CUs prepare for NCUA requirements on board financial literacy. READ MORE

Financial Illiteracy: It’s Worse Than We Thought

December 01, 2010
CUs can help members repair their balance sheets and adopt sound money management principles. READ MORE

Face the Fickle Finger of Fate

November 23, 2009
CU role-playing game gives young people a taste of real-life finances. 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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