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Chatzky Writes the Book on Personal Finance

February 13, 2013
See how simple, straightforward financial advice applies to your CU, members, and community. READ MORE

NBC’s Tom Brokaw to address General Session

February 13, 2013
Distinguished television news anchor Tom Brokaw’s advice to those seeking a clear understanding of current events might be a bit surprising. READ MORE

Meet the 2013 Wegner Award Recipients

February 01, 2013
The Wegner Awards are named in honor of late CUNA CEO Herb Wegner. READ MORE

Gear Up Now for Training

February 01, 2012
Professionals and volunteers are heading back to the classroom, and these CUNA schools offer innovative approaches for handling new regulations. READ MORE

Scenes from CUNA's GAC

March 08, 2011
Legislators urged attendees to pressure Congress to stop, study, and start over on the interchange issue. READ MORE

Expect Fewer Corporates in CUs’ Future

March 04, 2011
Corporates will focus more on settlement and payment services; less on investments. READ MORE

Maxwell, Herring Award Winners Continue Tradition of Service

March 04, 2011
The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility/Louise Herring Philosophy in Action Awards winners have long histories of socially responsible activities to make their communities better and to improve members’ financial health. READ MORE

Hill Visits Cover Key CU issues

March 03, 2011
State delegations realize their Hill visits can leave lasting impressions with lawmakers. READ MORE

CUs Champion Youth Financial Education

March 03, 2011
Creativity and determination can produce dramatic results, especially in the realm of youth financial education. READ MORE

Royce: 'Business Lending has Tremendous Traction.'

March 02, 2011
"You didn’t get us into the recession, but your business model can get us out," said the California congressman. 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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