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Stivers: 'We need to hold government agencies accountable'

March 02, 2011
Jobs and interchange top the legislator's agenda. READ MORE

Perlmutter: ‘Your Words will carry a lot of weight’

March 02, 2011
The Durbin debit interchange amendment added by the Senate was handled was “unreasonable, unworkable, and unfair.” READ MORE

Cheney envisions big voice, message on Capitol Hill

March 01, 2011
CUs need to change the conversation when they meet with their legislators. READ MORE

Tax status tops legislative list

March 01, 2011
The credit union tax status might cost consumers about $600 million a year, but it saves consumers $10 billion a year in financial benefits. READ MORE

Cheney’s interchange message: 'Stop this'

March 01, 2011
Cheney cited several of CUNA's successes—and noted a couple of areas "where we fell short." READ MORE

CUs ‘put the pedal to the metal’ to support kids

March 01, 2011
CUs for Kids raised more than $8.7 million for Children's Miracle Network hospitals last year. READ MORE

Matz praises CUs’ resilience

March 01, 2011
NCUA officials discuss the state of the industry. READ MORE

‘We’re going in the Hudson’

March 01, 2011
The first 100 seconds of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 were business as usual for pilot Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger. The next 100 seconds would change his life forever. READ MORE

Let the election ‘games’ begin

February 28, 2011
Can President Obama engineer a midcourse correction after the losses in November? What do the Republicans have to do to step back in to the Oval Office. READ MORE

Goldstein: CUs serve underserved

February 28, 2011
When it comes to serving the nine million households that are unbanked and the 21 million households that are underbanked, CUs offer a lot of value to their communities. 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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