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Fraud and Security: Come Out Fighting!

February 10, 2014
Expect security concerns to expand beyond IT to the board level. READ MORE

CUNA to Bestow Membership Benefits Awards During GAC

February 10, 2014
How much do members save by using your CU? READ MORE

Technology Helps CUs Become ‘Practically Perfect in Every Way’

February 04, 2014
Don’t be disrupted by digital technology; use it to become a disrupter. READ MORE

Movement is Life

February 04, 2014
One-fifth of workers plan to change jobs this year. READ MORE

Do Consumers Understand Your Brand?

January 22, 2014
Technology provides the opportunity to revive member loyalty. READ MORE

A Wealth of Opportunity

January 21, 2014
Members need CUs’ help to find sweet success in retirement. READ MORE

Ups and Downs

January 12, 2014
Home prices are rising and inventories are shrinking, but consumers are still a cautious lot by and large. READ MORE

An Uneven Recovery

January 06, 2014
The state of the CU movement is vastly improved, but not all CUs are seeing the same results. READ MORE

U.S. Population to Reach 317.3 Million on New Year’s Day

December 30, 2013
India leads all nations in population growth in 2013, adding 15.6 million people. READ MORE

Where Will You ‘Spend’ the Holidays?

December 24, 2013
Knowing how, why, and where consumers spend will help you help them keep their finances running smoothly. 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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