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CUs Expand Their Arsenal in Tax Fight

August 07, 2013
‘Let’s look to our toolbox of technology and social media.’ READ MORE

Over-the-Top Perks

August 05, 2013
Some employers have taken employee perks to a whole new level. READ MORE

Don’t Write Off This Latest Threat

August 01, 2013
Even if Congress does nothing as the midterm 2014 elections approach, the credit union tax exemption is always at risk. READ MORE

Top Tweetable Moments from #DontTaxTuesday

July 23, 2013
Here are some of our favorite tweets from #DontTaxTuesday. READ MORE

CUNA Urges Action During ‘DontTaxMyCU Tuesday’

July 23, 2013
‘Let’s get #DontTaxMyCU trending on Twitter.’ READ MORE

Rethinking Leadership

July 20, 2013
'Too many CUs are run by managers, not leaders.' READ MORE

Scenes from the 2013 World CU Conference

July 16, 2013
World Council of CUs (WOCCU) welcomes 2,400 attendees from 61 countries to the conference, held in Ottawa, Canada. READ MORE

Top 10 Strategic Planning Trends

June 10, 2013
CUs can expect growing loan portfolios due to an improving economy, rising consumer confidence, and less deleveraging. READ MORE

Are Leaders Born or Made?

June 03, 2013
‘Some people are born leaders, but they still have to develop skills.’ READ MORE

CUNA, Leagues Mobilizing 96 Million Members to Preserve CU Tax Status

May 19, 2013
‘Policy is being formulated on Capitol Hill now, so we must act now.’ 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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