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ALM Helps CUs Tough It Out

June 02, 2011
ALM involves constant planning for possible future scenarios. READ MORE

Perimeter E-Security, CSS Renew Alliance

May 11, 2011
Perimeter E-Security alliance offers preferred security, messaging solutions to CUs. READ MORE

Leave No Risk Unchecked

April 21, 2011
CUs are in the business of managing risk. Whether dealing with lending, investments, or liquidity, managing risk requires a careful and calculated approach. READ MORE

Bazaarvoice Wins Best of Show at GAC

March 16, 2011
The CUNA Technology Council presented its Best of Show Award to Bazaarvoice for its innovation in social commerce. READ MORE

CUs Face Compliance Tidal Wave

March 15, 2011
Compliance requirements will cost U.S. financial institutions $30 billion through 2012. READ MORE

CUNA Offers Board Financial Literacy Certificate

March 14, 2011
CUNA helps CUs prepare for NCUA requirements on board financial literacy. READ MORE

Build a Solid Mortgage Foundation

February 21, 2011
Vendors see mortgage opportunities for CUs--ones the big banks and mortgage brokers let slip away. READ MORE

CSS Alliance Delivers College Planning Advice

February 18, 2011
To help CU members through the college financing process, CUNA Strategic Services and its strategic alliance provider, Fynanz Inc., will bring college planning information to CUNA’s member education products. READ MORE

Imaging Horsepower

February 08, 2011
To deal with increases in content, document imaging and Computer Output Laser Disk have been replaced by Enterprise Content Management. READ MORE

Boomers Look for Advisers

February 01, 2011
Failing to capture baby boomers' retirement assets could deal a big blow to CUs. 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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