Lending

Scenes from the 19th Annual CUNA Lending Council Conference

November 06, 2013
A photographic look at the conference at the Arizona Biltmore. READ MORE

Schenk: Expect a ‘Slow and Unsteady’ Recovery

November 06, 2013
New-auto loans will be a sweet spot for CUs next year. READ MORE

Get In Front of Members Early and Often

November 05, 2013
Loan preapprovals are key for both borrowers and dealers. READ MORE

Mortgage Finance Landscape About to Change, But to What?

November 05, 2013
What emerges could look very different than what credit unions and members are experiencing today. READ MORE

Excellence in Lending Winners Recognized

November 05, 2013
The winners implemented outstanding lending programs while demonstrating sound financial performance. READ MORE

Five Big Ideas to Drive Creativity and Results

November 04, 2013
Be bold and different to get through the noise. READ MORE

CUNA Lending Council Conference Underway

November 04, 2013
Check out these scenes from Sunday during the 19th annual CUNA Lending Council Conference. READ MORE

Lending on the Mend

November 01, 2013
The 2014 lending forecast is as optimistic as it has been for a few years. READ MORE

Lending in 2014: What’s in Store for CUs?

October 30, 2013
The emerging opportunity: First-time home purchases by generation Y. READ MORE

SafeAmerica CU Lends Expertise to Members

October 25, 2013
California CU doesn't just provide loans, it outlines the entire process and advocates for members. 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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