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September 25, 2013
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Security, Productivity Should Reinforce Each Other

September 24, 2013
Security and productivity typically are diametrically opposed to each other. READ MORE

Disaster Planning: Focus on the Most Likely Scenario

September 24, 2013
CUs should differentiate business continuity planning from disaster recovery planning. READ MORE

Scenes from the CUNA Technology/Operations Council Conference

September 24, 2013
Conference features seven-minute ‘speed rounds’ highlighting tech innovations. READ MORE

The Cloud Can Rain on Your Parade

September 23, 2013
Cloud computing is powerful, amazingly inexpensive, and flexible. But there’s one thing it is not: without risk. READ MORE

Beware These Top Four IT Fails

September 20, 2013
Information technology failures can sabotage a CU’s reputation. READ MORE

Don't Delegate Security Responsibilities

September 15, 2013
Make sure your vendor continues to invest in its infrastructure so it provides a high level of service and availability. READ MORE

The Path to The Cloud

September 09, 2013
'The cloud turns computing into a utility.' READ MORE

Five Cloud Security Myths Debunked

August 27, 2013
The biggest obstacle to cloud adoption is the idea that the cloud is not as secure as on-premise systems. READ MORE

Ten Strategies for Living in the Past

August 23, 2013
If you decide to reject these 10 low-tech strategies, be prepared to kiss your nice empty parking lot goodbye. 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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