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NCUF Approves 15 Financial Education Grants for 2011

December 23, 2010

The National Credit Union Foundation recently approved 15 new grants for 2011, totaling $294,510. All of the grant projects have a financial education component.

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Judges Highlight 2010 Desjardins Standouts

December 16, 2010
CUs’ efforts will continue to combat financial illiteracy for years to come. READ MORE

Deliver the 'FHB' Message

December 01, 2010
CUs owe it to their members to provide financial education. READ MORE

WOCCU Turns 40

November 10, 2010
WOCCU evolved from CUNA's World Extension Department, developed in the 1950s to attack usury on a global scale. READ MORE

Bethex FCU Awarded Grant

November 09, 2010
Bethex Federal Credit Union, a community development credit union serving the predominantly low-income South Bronx community in New York City, was recognized by the Wachovia Wells Fargo NEXT Awards for its positive community impact. READ MORE

Happy ICU Day

November 01, 2010
A sampling of unique and creative International CU Day activities. READ MORE

Cheney Shares ICU Day Message

October 21, 2010
This year's theme of “Local, trusted, serving you” perfectly captures what makes CUs so appealing to consumers across the nation and around the globe. READ MORE

The First Credit Union Day

October 21, 2010
On Jan. 17, 1927, the Credit Union League of Massachusetts celebrated the first official holiday for credit union members and workers. READ MORE

Mica to Be Inducted Into Cooperative Hall of Fame

October 20, 2010
Mica's 14-year tenure as CUNA president/CEO represented a period of significant accomplishment for the credit union movement. READ MORE

ICU Day Webcast Panel to Focus on CU Heritage

October 19, 2010
A panel of credit union and cooperative industry dignitaries will gather this year at Credit Union House on Washington, D.C.'s Capitol Hill to discuss their collective member service heritage. 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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