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NCUF Raises $15,000 for Tornado Relief

May 03, 2011
Tuscaloosa CUs offer members emergency loans, waived payments, and loan extensions following last week's devastating tornadoes (LSCU photo). READ MORE

NCUA Promotes Financial Literacy Grants

April 14, 2011
NCUA will distribute $200,000 in Financial Education and Financial Literacy Initiative grants for low-income CUs. READ MORE

CU Builds a Foundation For Growth and Service

April 04, 2011
See how San Miguel CU delivers personal service to its members. READ MORE

Standing on Shaky Ground

April 01, 2011
CUs offer compassion, financial solutions, and hope to members in need. READ MORE

'Homes for Our Troops' Inspires Oregon CU

March 09, 2011
When Homes for Our Troops Founder needed help, Advantis CU answered the call. READ MORE

Support Financial Education

February 27, 2011
NCUF will focus on financial education initiatives through REAL Solutions. READ MORE

WOCCU Celebrates 40 Years of Service

February 27, 2011
Growth comes only for those able to fulfill their mission. READ MORE

CUs Damaged in New Zealand Earthquake

February 24, 2011

Officials from the New Zealand Association of CUs are still assessing damages caused to their member organizations by Tuesday’s devastating earthquake that all but leveled Christchurch, the country's second-largest metro area.

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Maine CUs Fill Void with Fuel Assistance

February 15, 2011
Maine CUs help state residents following the closure of a utility company. READ MORE

NCUA Opens New Office of Minority and Women Inclusion

January 26, 2011

New office was formed in response to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.

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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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