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Join Your Peers in Washington To Unite for Good

December 01, 2013
The best way to Unite for Good is to attend the 2014 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C., Feb. 24-27. READ MORE

GAC Daily News

March 04, 2013
Check out our coverage from the CU movement's premiere conference, including PDFs of the GAC Daily News. READ MORE

Legislative, CU Leaders to Address NLCUP Event During GAC

February 18, 2013
Reps. Holmes Norton, Gallego will speak to professionals dedicated to serving the nation’s Latino communities. READ MORE

New Faces in Congress Make D.C. Presence Critical

February 13, 2013
If we don’t set the agenda on Capitol Hill, our opponents will do it for us. READ MORE

GAC Attracts Heavy Hitters

February 13, 2013
'This is our opportunity to educate and enlighten members of Congress about the value of CUs.’ READ MORE

Maxwell, Herring Winners Reflect CU Principles

February 13, 2013
Host of innovative initiatives demonstrate CUs’ dedication to social responsibility. READ MORE

Cheney: CUNA Will Staunchly Defend CUs’ Tax Status

February 13, 2013
CUNA CEO outlines CUNA’s top legislative and regulatory priorities. READ MORE

‘Crashers’ Focus on Young Entrepreneurs

February 13, 2013
Young professionals’ week begins with ‘Design Thinking’ workshop. READ MORE

Desjardins Awards Celebrate Financial Education Outreach

February 13, 2013
Winners excel at financial literacy advocacy. READ MORE

Building and Defending Our Global Community

February 13, 2013
As a global community with shared values, CUs have the opportunity to learn from each other and the power to speak with one voice. 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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