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Donor Dollars Meet Global Needs

January 13, 2014
Foundation has delivered $1.5 million in aid to CU organizations over the last three years. READ MORE

Credit Unions for Kids: A Celebration of Champions

January 05, 2014
More than 50 CU professionals celebrate the 30th anniversary of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. READ MORE

A Champion of Change

December 27, 2013
'The sooner we embrace new immigrants, the sooner we’ll have stronger communities.' READ MORE

Hooked on CUs From Day One

December 24, 2013
‘The people made it easy to get involved, learn, and grow.’ READ MORE

Thinking About CDFI Certification?

December 04, 2013
CUs with the certification have access to economic revitalization funding. READ MORE

Making an Impact in Motown

December 02, 2013
Progressive programs have positive impact on community. READ MORE

CUs Celebrate 'Champion Children'

December 01, 2013
More than 50 CU professionals celebrate the 30th anniversary of Children’s Miracle Network. READ MORE

Kansas CUs: We’ll Make Your Day

December 01, 2013
To date, Kansas credit unions have given away $45,000 through three Make a Difference events. READ MORE

New Conference Kindles Cooperative Spirit

November 26, 2013
'CUs can make a huge difference in the lives of people struggling to keep up.' READ MORE

CUNA Honors Financial Education Leaders

November 20, 2013
Winners are a testament to CUs’ commitment to provide financial literacy. 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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