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GAC Attracts Heavy Hitters

February 13, 2013
'This is our opportunity to educate and enlighten members of Congress about the value of CUs.’ READ MORE

Cheney: CUNA Will Staunchly Defend CUs’ Tax Status

February 13, 2013
CUNA CEO outlines CUNA’s top legislative and regulatory priorities. READ MORE

NBC’s Tom Brokaw to address General Session

February 13, 2013
Distinguished television news anchor Tom Brokaw’s advice to those seeking a clear understanding of current events might be a bit surprising. READ MORE

The Road to Employee Engagement

February 11, 2013
Engagement is a byproduct of the development and career planning we provide employees. READ MORE

Have Forward-thinking Business Plans

February 07, 2013
Dakotaland Federal CU was among four CUs awarded in 2012 by CUNA. READ MORE

Successful Community CUs Must 'Be Involved'

February 07, 2013
Get involved and make connections. READ MORE

CUNA Seeks Support for CU Charter Enhancement

February 05, 2013
CUNA reports bipartisan support from Senate Banking Committee members. READ MORE

What’s a Bluebird?

February 01, 2013
About half of the 68 million unbanked or underbanked consumers in the U.S. prefer to conduct their financial business at a financial institution. READ MORE

CUNA’s Franklin Announces Retirement

January 30, 2013
CUNA EVP spent 30 years with the South Carolina CU League, eight as president/CEO. READ MORE

Benefits Still Matter in a Down Economy

January 29, 2013
When benefits start to slide, salaries become far more important. 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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