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Cheney Shares ICU Day Message

October 22, 2011
CU philosophy is something that makes us unique in this country, but is part of something larger worldwide, Cheney says. READ MORE

Many Members, One Mission

October 21, 2011
They come in many sizes and levels of sophistication, and they operate under different names. But credit unions around the world have one thing in common—they put members first. READ MORE

Twelve Ways to Observe the International Year of Co-ops

October 20, 2011
The United Nations’ 2012 International Year of Cooperatives is only days away. The year-long observance promises a wealth of opportunities for CUs. READ MORE

‘Look at the Big Picture’

October 01, 2011
Tom Dorety, president/CEO at Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union, Tampa, Fla., stands by his principles. READ MORE

 Tell Members Their Money Is Safe

September 27, 2011
On a Sunday in March 2008, Joe Robertson was worried about his CU’s members as he watched the television news about the failures of several major Wall Street firms and big banks. READ MORE

Reaching Out

September 23, 2011
Serving indigenous people from Alaska’s Inside Passage to Australia's Aboriginal lands helps CUs create a stronger financial cooperative. READ MORE

Andrews FCU Observes 10th Anniversary of Sept. 11

September 15, 2011
CU makes donations to Warrior Transition Units. READ MORE

Dorety Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

September 01, 2011
Suncoast Schools FCU CEO Tom Dorety to receive Wegner award. READ MORE

Fryzel Lauds AACUC, Louisianans for their CU Contributions

August 05, 2011

CUs were made to help people, and most especially in times of hardship, NCUA Board member Micheal Fryzel told two CU groups.

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Veridian CU Unveils Storm Loan Program

July 18, 2011

Some Iowa families are displaced from their homes because of flood waters, and many others are left with clean-up from storm-related damage.

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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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