CU Data

Checking Fees, Housing and Retirement…Oh, My!

October 10, 2011
This week's Roundup examines fees, employment news, consumer spending reports, retirement considerations, housing, and more. READ MORE

Higher Education, Income No Guarantee Against Bankruptcy

September 30, 2011
Institute for Financial Literacy releases annual consumer bankruptcy report... plus more research findings. READ MORE

Why Do Consumers Switch PFIs?

September 18, 2011
In 2011, 8.7% of consumers had changed their primary financial institution within the previous 12 months. READ MORE

House Prices Fall 0.6% in Second Quarter

August 25, 2011
Bucking this trend are the New England and West South Central regions. READ MORE

Loosening the Purse Strings

August 22, 2011
The recent pause in economic growth has caused many to wonder whether the economy might be headed for a double-dip recession. READ MORE

Rates & Ratios: Mortgages Lead June Loan Growth

August 08, 2011
CU loans outstanding increased 0.3% during June 2011 compared to a 0.4% increase in May 2011, according to CUNA’s economics and statistics department. READ MORE

CARD Act Holds Down Rates and Fees

July 21, 2011
Consumers are seeing fewer late fees, eradication of over-limit penalties, and minimal changes to annual fees since the CARD Act's passage. READ MORE

Rates & Ratios: CU Loans Grow 0.4%

July 15, 2011
Unsecured personal loans led loan growth, followed by credit card loans, adjustable-rate mortgages, used auto loans, and fixed-rate mortgages. READ MORE

A Sea of Liquidity

July 01, 2011
Should the Federal Reserve start a new round of quantitative easing (QE3) to ensure the economic recovery, or is it time to let the market determine interest rates and let economic chips fall where they may? READ MORE

A Research-Rich Summer

July 01, 2011
Projecting future financial services trends isn't for the meek. READ MORE

heroes

What's Popular

Popular Stories

Recent Discussion

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.

Your Say: Who should be Credit Union Magazine's 2014 CU Hero of the Year?

View Results Poll Archive