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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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Sri Lankan Women Gain Financial Access

July 01, 2011
In Sri Lanka, a woman and her husband run a welding shop thanks to the financial support of Women’s Development Services Co-operative Society. READ MORE

Student Financial Literacy Programs Prove Effective

June 29, 2011
The best approach to financial literacy involves education, incentives, and automatic enrollment in employer retirement plans, GAO study reports. READ MORE

Help Members Weather the Crisis

June 21, 2011
Economic challenges of the past three years continue to affect CU members. READ MORE

Smith Accepts CU Hero Award

June 20, 2011
CU developed innovative programs to help members through tough times. READ MORE

Genisys CU Landscapes the Loop

June 06, 2011
Michigan CU sponsors event in honor of city’s 150th anniversary. READ MORE

When the GAO Calls, People Listen—and Speak Up

June 01, 2011
GAO study finds successful financial education programs are timely, accessible, and culturally sensitive. READ MORE

Joplin Tornado Damages Four CUs

May 23, 2011
The massive tornado that devastated Joplin, Mo., also damaged four CU branches, the Missouri CU Association reports. READ MORE

Savings Challenge Generates $28 Million in Deposits

May 19, 2011
Young members have deposited more than $117.6 million into credit unions since the challenge started in 2004. 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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