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Rely on CUNA Partners to Increase Loans and Decrease Loan Losses

November 19, 2012
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Celebrate the CU Difference

October 24, 2012
These resources will help you celebrate International Credit Union Day and better inform your board. READ MORE

Local By Design 

October 01, 2012
Linda Douglas, vice president of marketing, Michigan First CU, Lathrup Village, talks about her CU's success. READ MORE

CUs Snowed Under by Compliance Burden

September 01, 2012
The pace of regulatory change in the credit union movement today is unprecedented. READ MORE

Boost Returns on Your Human Capital

August 13, 2012
Hiring, training, developing, and compensating employees accounts for 53% of expenditures at most companies. READ MORE

Insuritas Raises $10 Million in Capital

August 08, 2012
Turn-key insurance agency solution can help CUs boost noninterest income. READ MORE

Simulation Software Helps You Hire the Skills You Need

August 01, 2012
The answer, says Joseph Sefcik, is to have potential employees undergo simulations that mimic situations they’ll encounter on the job. READ MORE

Help Members Navigate Investment Waters

July 24, 2012
Members crave unbiased information from an institution they trust. READ MORE

ATMs, Kiosks Continue to Evolve

July 01, 2012
The trend in ATM design is toward a higher level of predictive analytics and the ability to feed real-time information to the cloud. READ MORE

Fynanz Surpasses 200 Lending Partners

June 05, 2012
Thirty new lending partners have joined the private student lending platform in early 2012. 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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