Community Service

World Council Efforts in Kenya Encourage Access and Democracy

April 01, 2014
African CUs, called SACCOs, give many citizens their first experience in community grassroots democratic decision making. READ MORE

‘Project Money’ Participants Stage $44,000 Turnaround

April 01, 2014
CU program puts members on solid financial footing. READ MORE

Migrant Workers Find an Ally in California

March 23, 2014
"We just said, 'Enough is enough.'" READ MORE

Let’s Tell Our Story

March 07, 2014
There’s no sound—no story—until it’s told. READ MORE

A Humble Retiree with a Mountain of Accomplishments

March 03, 2014
'Be truthful and genuine in everything you do.' READ MORE

Putting the 'Personal' in Personal Finance

March 01, 2014
St. Louis Community CU’s educators must bridge the wide trust gap that exists between the underserved and financial institutions. READ MORE

Reviving the Spirit of St. Louis

March 01, 2014
Serving the underserved can be a viable business strategy. READ MORE

Bringing ‘Biz Kid$’ to Every CMN Hospital

March 01, 2014
CU4Kids and NCUF join forces for the first time on a 'strategic philanthropy' effort. READ MORE

Free Lunch—With a Side of Financial Advice

March 01, 2014
Southeastern FCU's "CU@Work" program pairs free nutrition and instruction for employees at area businesses. READ MORE

After Chemical Spill, West Virginia CU Becomes a Recycling Hub

March 01, 2014
Element FCU has become a recycling collection point for empty containers of bottled water. 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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