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Succession Planning: The Urgency Builds

September 01, 2012
Approximately 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 every day for the next 18 years, reports the Pew Research Center. READ MORE

A Merger of Equals

August 01, 2012
Mergers of credit unions, especially those of relatively equal size, can be difficult because the partners often struggle with leadership, governance, and cultural issues.

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Inside vs. Outside

August 01, 2012
Limiting your search to only one option limits the likelihood of selecting a CEO with the right combination of skills and vision to lead your credit union into the future. READ MORE

Why Do CUs Offer Green Loans?

July 10, 2012
The decision to finance green initiatives involves the convergence of several factors, says a Filene report. READ MORE

Nine Elements of a High-Performance Board Meeting

July 01, 2012
Immediate assessment is among the important features of effective meetings. READ MORE

Tower Classic Golf Tournament Raises $28,000

June 29, 2012
The tournament has evolved from a casual social outing to a major fundraising event. READ MORE

Walling Celebrates 40 Years of CU Service

June 27, 2012
Walling joined what was then the $7 million asset American Baptist CU in 1972 as assistant manager. READ MORE

CU Revs Up Its Hispanic Outreach

June 17, 2012
Six-step approach leads to significant Latino membership growth. READ MORE

New Threats Require a New Approach to Risk Management

March 29, 2012
Risk management challenges come in all shapes and sizes, from new forms of fraud to the increased regulatory burden. READ MORE

 Sharpen Your Board’s Financial Skills

March 01, 2012
When NCUA’S new financial literacy rules went into effect last July, credit unions took a closer look at their directors’ basic financial skills. 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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