Technology

What Tech Innovations Lie Ahead?

September 06, 2012
Look before leaping onto the latest technology bandwagon. READ MORE

Mobile Devices Present Workplace Risks

September 04, 2012
The convenience of mobile devices comes with a down side—significant security risks. READ MORE

Position Staff to Identify Industry Disruptors

September 01, 2012
Expanding the number of executives in your strategic discussions should help credit unions identify internal or industry-disrupting changes ahead. READ MORE

FFIEC: Consider Risks of Outsourced Cloud Computing

September 01, 2012
Outsourcing to a cloud service provider offers potential benefits such as cost reduction, flexibility, and speed. READ MORE

Spouses More Distracting than Social Media

September 01, 2012
Only 4% of respondents say personal communications top their list of biggest workplace distractions. READ MORE

Manage Mobile Risks at Work

September 01, 2012
While it’s probably not reasonable or desirable to prohibit mobile devices at work, the security risks are significant. READ MORE

Tech Trends

September 01, 2012
Make sure your CU employs technology effectively to meet member needs and remain viable. READ MORE

Outsourced Core Processing on the Rise

September 01, 2012
Old assumptions die hard. Such is the case in the debate surrounding outsourced versus in-house core processing. READ MORE

Mobile Payments Revolution Coming

August 27, 2012
Security concerns remain the top reason consumers don’t make mobile payments. READ MORE

The Mobile Wallet

August 11, 2012
But even plastic cards might become passé with the entrance of the mobile wallet. 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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