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CUs Lend a Helping Hand During the Holidays

January 11, 2013
The holidays have come and gone, but CUs across the country created some memories that are still bringing holiday cheer. READ MORE

Student Loans Show Potential

January 01, 2013
Student loans offer opportunities for income and provide an affordable way for members to send their children to college. READ MORE

CU Takes Financial Education to the Big Screen

December 17, 2012
“Carter’s Fun Facts About Money” are filmed on location in the communities the CU serves. READ MORE

CUs Shine in the Face of Hurricane’s Devastation

December 01, 2012
CUs from coast to coast have helped with volunteers, loan relief, and direct financial aid. READ MORE

Bank Transfer Day—One Year Later

November 09, 2012
From a marketing and public relations standpoint, Bank Transfer Day was a success. READ MORE

Coastal FCU Prepares for ICU Day

November 07, 2012
CU will offer penny overdrafts on Oct. 18. READ MORE

Mobile Demographics Hold Promise

October 24, 2012
Cell phone use is high among minorities, younger generations, and those with low income levels. READ MORE

An ICU Day Bonus

October 22, 2012
We’ll be publishing a bonus edition of Credit Union Magazine that you’ll receive on or near International Credit Union Day. READ MORE

International Credit Union Day (#ICUday)

October 18, 2012
Let's take a snapshot of the CU movement on International CU Day. READ MORE

Operating Ratios Are Not Guiding Principles

October 12, 2012
These key indicators certainly can measure a CU's financial performance, but they aren’t what make a CU successful. 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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