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Cheney: State of CUs is ‘Extremely Good’

June 21, 2011
CUs must be consistent in their messages to Congress. READ MORE

Rates & Ratios: CU Loans on the Rise

June 14, 2011
CU loans outstanding increased 0.2% during April compared to a 0.1% decline in March, according to CUNA’s economics and statistics department. READ MORE

What Do Consumers Want From Their PFI?

June 09, 2011
Key differences exist between what younger and older consumers want from their primary financial institution. READ MORE

Net Income Will Gain Momentum

June 02, 2011
You might be surprised by CUNA’s economic forecasts for 2011 and 2012. READ MORE

Rates & Ratios: Members Take Up ARMs

May 18, 2011
Overall, CU loans outstanding decreased 0.1% during March, compared to a 0.4% decrease during February. READ MORE

CFOs Increasingly Optimistic About U.S. Economy

May 04, 2011
National CFO survey reveals increased optimism on the U.S. economy and hiring, but serious concerns about inflation. READ MORE

Half Would Switch if Fees Increase

April 07, 2011
Raising checking account fees would cause 51% of consumers to shop around. READ MORE

Financial Picture Brightens for CUs

March 15, 2011
CUs expand earnings and control delinquencies and charge-offs. READ MORE

December Home Prices Hit Record Low for 2010

March 01, 2011
Sales of foreclosed properties dampened U.S. home prices. READ MORE

Recovery at a Snail’s Pace

February 01, 2011
Double-dip recession or not, 2011 will be a year of slow economic growth, say CUNA's economists. 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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