Management

How to Avoid Labor Litigation

August 31, 2012
Legal actions have exploded in recent years in both private and class-action lawsuits. READ MORE

What Makes a Healthy Corporate Culture?

August 29, 2012
Signs of a healthy culture include high morale, high productivity, organizational clarity, and minimal politics. READ MORE

Q&A: Mazuma CU’s Chief Culture Officer

August 28, 2012
Why is it important to foster a healthy culture? READ MORE

CUs Loosen the Salary Purse Strings

August 21, 2012
Variable pay remains a popular way to reward employees without increasing fixed costs. READ MORE

Recruit, Retain, & Protect Employees with Voluntary Benefits

August 17, 2012
Convey the significance of voluntary benefits while educating staff on core offerings. READ MORE

PSCU to Host Innovation Hackathon

August 17, 2012
Teams will get 24 hours to produce a viable new concept or working demo. READ MORE

Creative Compensation Packages

August 06, 2012
If you look hard enough, you can find some good news on credit union compensation trends. But you have to look pretty hard. READ MORE

Three Must-Have Leadership Traits—and How to Use Them

August 01, 2012
Look for three key personality traits when identifying and enabling high-performing mid-level managers. 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

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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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