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Small CU Roundtable Addresses ‘Big Picture’ Concerns

February 28, 2011
Small CUs discussed collaboration, regulation, and corporate stabilization, among other topics, during Sunday's Small CU Roundtable. READ MORE

Be Heard on the Hill

February 27, 2011
Giving CUs access to supplemental capital is an important issue as policymakers aim to avoid future financial crises by strengthening financial institutions’ capital requirements. READ MORE

We Have a Big Job Ahead of Us

February 27, 2011
The 112th Congress is dramatically different than its predecessor. READ MORE

‘Miracle on the Hudson’ Pilot Shares Life Lessons

February 27, 2011
Quick thinking and an expert water landing by pilot Chesley Sullenberger saved the lives of 155 passengers and crew members. READ MORE

They're baaaack....

February 27, 2011
"Crash the GAC" was born at last year's GAC when a group of young professionals decided to fight for the future of CUs alongside industry veterans. They're back in D.C. with a brand-new crop of Crashers. READ MORE

Serving as a Bridge to Financial Security

February 27, 2011
CUNA Mutual Group provided nearly $40 million in support for the CU system in 2010. READ MORE

Wegner Awards Celebrate Difference Makers

February 27, 2011
Two outstanding leaders and a successful youth advocacy program will be honored at the 23rd annual Herb Wegner Memorial Awards reception and dinner Monday night. READ MORE

Politics is the Game in Opening Session

February 27, 2011
Political pundits and co-authors of the best-selling "Game Change," Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, are keynote speakers at Monday's opening general session. READ MORE

Legislation May Lead to Higher Fees

February 27, 2011
CUs will not only need to cover the loss of fee income, but also the increased costs of complying with the regulations. READ MORE

Buckle Up: Here Comes a Duke Boy

February 27, 2011
The actor and singer best known as the fast-drivin', rubber-burnin' Bo Duke on "The Dukes of Hazzard" has starred in a more important role since 1983: co-founder of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. 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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