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Do You Offer Financial Education for the Right Reasons?

October 04, 2010
Financial education often fails to reach members who need it most. READ MORE

ICU Day Celebrates CUs Around the World

October 01, 2010
Credit unions serve more than 184 million members worldwide. READ MORE

Strong Future Predicted for Uzbekistan's CUs

August 27, 2010
Uzbekistan's fledgling credit union movement has become one of the fastest-growing in the world, and Sardor Normukhamedov has come to the U.S. looking for ways to help increase that positive trajectory. READ MORE

'Good Morning America' Highlights N.J. CU's Good Works

July 21, 2010
ABC's 'Good Morning America' featured a New Jersey CU that helped a local couple save tens of thousands of dollars by refinancing their auto and mortgage loans, and consolidating their credit card debt. READ MORE

Kaczynski, May and CUES Receive Distinguished Service Award

July 16, 2010
Honorees among many recognized at conference closing ceremony. READ MORE

Cheney Presents CU Hero Award

July 16, 2010
Vic Thate, the "Godfather of CUs for Kids," Credit Union Magazine's 2010 CU Hero of the Year. READ MORE

Haiti Video Highlights CU Recovery Efforts

July 14, 2010
The tragedy in Haiti demonstrates a need that must be met by the world credit union community. READ MORE

Loans Aid Flood-Affected Members

July 14, 2010
When 17 to 20 inches of rain pounded Nashville during the first weekend of May, Michael Bittle knew staff of Vanderbilt University Employees Credit Union would have to hit the ground running the following Monday to help members. READ MORE

Connecting Women, Building Communities

July 02, 2010
The World Council of Credit Unions' Global Women's Leadership Network is designed to help women worldwide improve their lives and their communities. READ MORE

A Glimmer of Hope

June 30, 2010
CU involvement worldwide is critical to reviving Haiti’s CU movement. 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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