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At Freedom First CU, People 'Bank for Good'

CU undergoes rapid transformation into pillar of the community.
March 11, 2014
'Serving people of modest means is hard-coded in our bylaws.'
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'Ditch Your Bank' Awareness Campaign Opens Eyes

'We created a lot of awareness in a quick amount of time.'
February 12, 2014
Effort targeted members age 18 to 35 via mobile channels.
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Community CU of the Year Awards

Home of the Second Chance: 'We Don't Judge; We Help'

St. Louis Community CU dials up efforts to serve the underserved.
January 22, 2014
'You have to fight inertia.'
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Community CU of the Year Award Winner

Serving a (Really) Wide and Diverse Audience

CEO Dan Cumbee discusses Dakotaland CU's focus on its sprawling, rural membership.
January 15, 2014
Award-winning CU reaches far and wide to serve members from all walks of life.
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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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