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CUs Lend Members a Hand

When the economy went down, CUs stepped up.
March 8, 2013
Aside from being the right thing to do, helping members during difficult times builds loyalty—and loyalty builds strong CUs.
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Adapt to Change for Community CU Success

Q&A with a Community CU of the Year Award-winner.
March 1, 2013
Gulf Coast Community Federal CU was among four CUs awarded in 2012 by CUNA.
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Have Forward-thinking Business Plans

Q&A with a Community CU of the Year Award-winner.
February 7, 2013
Dakotaland Federal CU was among four CUs awarded in 2012 by CUNA.
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Successful Community CUs Must 'Be Involved'

Q&A with a Community CU of the Year Award-winner.
February 7, 2013
Get involved and make connections.
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What’s in a Name?

 The term ‘member’ can imply barriers to admission.
July 12, 2012
Nearly 70% of nonmembers ages 18 to 24 are “not at all familiar” with credit unions. And nearly 80% of consumers in that age group don’t know if they’re eligible to join.
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Community CUs As Partners & Leaders

Understand your community's values to earn members' trust.
December 7, 2010
Award-winning community CUs share their strategies for success.
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Stay Local and Connected

August 3, 2010
Apple Federal Credit Union VP Gale Davis says stellar service will keep members coming back more than anything else.
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Connecting Women, Building Communities

July 2, 2010
The World Council of Credit Unions' Global Women's Leadership Network is designed to help women worldwide improve their lives and their communities.
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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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