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What Political Parties Can Learn From CUs

October 31, 2012
Nation’s demographic shift will reshape U.S. politics—and financial services—far beyond the 2012 election cycle. READ MORE

Community CU Award Winners Embody Ideals of the Movement

October 29, 2012
Taking top honors were First Community CU, 1st MidAmerica CU, Gulf Coast Community FCU, and Dakotaland FCU, Huron, S.D. READ MORE

‘If You’re Not at the Table You’re on the Menu’

October 26, 2012
CUs face “crisis of creeping complexity” in regulations. READ MORE

Lending: Focus on Current Members First

October 25, 2012
Adopt a “we are one” plan by offering the same interest rates and terms for direct and indirect loans. READ MORE

Celebrate the CU Difference

October 24, 2012
These resources will help you celebrate International Credit Union Day and better inform your board. READ MORE

CU Mission Should Engender Passion and Caring

October 17, 2012
CUs must evolve, but they must ‘never abandon their lifeboat.’ READ MORE

Social Media Opens Door to Member Engagement

October 10, 2012
CUs aren’t close to tapping the power of social media in telling consumers what they have to offer. READ MORE

Time Is Right for a ‘CU Constitutional Convention’

October 01, 2012
Our shared spirit of cooperation can be the key success factor for global financial health. READ MORE

Remember Our Roots and Stretch Further

October 01, 2012
The CU movement’s founders would salute us for keeping the dream alive, but would remind us our work is not yet done. READ MORE

Policy Makers Worldwide See the Value of Cooperatives

October 01, 2012
What CUs do has changed considerably over the years—but why CUs do what they do remains unchanged. 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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