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The 'Perfect' Branch Opening: 7 Steps

June 01, 2006
The 'Perfect' Branch Opening: 7 Steps June 1, 2006 By Mike Rowland It takes more than a red ribbon and some scissors to open a branch that will serve the needs of our community. It takes commitment. After years of slow but steady growth, our credit union converted to a... READ MORE

Plastic Card Risks And Recommendations

June 01, 2006
Plastic Card Risks And Recommendations June 1, 2006 Two common online fraud methods, according to Chris Ryan, director of credit union protection for CUNA Mutual Group, Madison, Wis., are: Phishing. Criminals send phishing e-mails appearing to be from businesses, alertingconsumers to alleged account problems and requesting financial information verification.Phishing attempts... READ MORE

Four Steps To Branch Success

June 01, 2006
Four Steps To Branch Success June 1, 2006 Proponent Federal Credit Union, Nutley, N.J., opened its 10th branch office in Newark on March 20. Bill Stavros, director of marketing for $376 million asset credit union, offers four tips for ensuring branch success: Look ahead. Proponent bases its branch strategy on... READ MORE

Navy FCU: On Call 24/7 To Provide World-Class Service

June 01, 2006
Navy FCU: On Call 24/7 To Provide World-Class Service June 1, 2006 By Keasha Lee Communication is the key to maintaining any relationship. Although technology has introduced a variety of ways for people to communicate, the telephone is still the first choice for consumers when it comes to requesting information... READ MORE

Relationships vs. Return: Credit Card Program Strategies

June 01, 2006
Relationships vs. Return: Credit Card Program Strategies June 1, 2006 By Ben Wade Implement risk-based pricing Leverage your reputation Modernize your credit card program Retain members One of the biggest challenges facing credit unions today is how to price services to ensure a proper return while meeting members' needs. Many... READ MORE

Growth Hasn't Changed America's First's Mission

June 01, 2006
Growth Hasn't Changed America's First's Mission June 1, 2006 Who: David Adcock What: President/CEO Where: America's First FCU, Birmingham, Ala. How has your CU changed over the years? Having been employed at America's First for more than 33 years, I have seen the credit union grow from $25 million in... READ MORE

Working Together To Meet New Fraud Challenges

June 01, 2006
Working Together To Meet New Fraud Challenges June 1, 2006 By Steve Ruwe The electronic payments revolution has provided credit unions with unprecedented growth opportunities through new products and services, including debit cards, prepaid cards, automatic bill payment, and recurring payments. Yet, these new growth opportunities bring with them new... READ MORE

Experian Upgrades Knowledge-Based Authentication Service Platform

June 01, 2006
Experian Upgrades Knowledge-Based Authentication Service Platform June 1, 2006 Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Experian®,launched the next generation of its Knowledge-Based Authentication services platform. The platform enhancements will help Experian clients expand their authentication capabilities by offering a broader array of questions than had previously been available. New questions not related to... READ MORE

Top Talent Is A Top Priority

June 01, 2006
Top Talent Is A Top Priority June 1, 2006 By Sharyn Alden The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 10 million more skilled labor jobs than workers by 2010. The Employment Policy Foundation, Washington, D.C., also projects a systemic labor shortage in the next two to three decades. Human resource (HR)... READ MORE

Social Engineering: Exploiting CUs' Service Culture

May 01, 2006
Social Engineering: Exploiting CUs' Service Culture May 1, 2006 By Joseph Kirkpatrick Phishing attacks are a common threat against credit unions and their members. According to the Anti-Phishing Working Group, there were more than 48,000 reports of phishing incidents during the last quarter of 2005. During this time frame, more... 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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