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

February 27, 2014

BYOD: Do You Allow Personal Devices in the Workplace?

February 6, 2014

Your Say: Will You Allow E-Cigarettes in the Workplace?

January 7, 2014

Your Say: Should the CEO Serve on the Board?

November 21, 2013

Your Say: What will be your top tech priority in 2014?

November 8, 2013

Your Say: Where will CUs have the most loan growth in 2014?

October 3, 2013

Your Say: 'Member' vs. 'Customer'

September 27, 2013

Your Say: CEO Succession

August 26, 2013
In general, should CUs hire from within or seek outside talent when replacing the CEO?

Your Say: Should the Fed End Quantitative Easing?

July 31, 2013

Your Say: Does Your CU Have Board Term Limits?

July 16, 2013

Your Say: Does Your CU Have a Formal Innovation Process?

June 25, 2013

Your Say: What's Your Favorite Social Media Channel?

May 18, 2013

Your Say: Does Your CU Provide Benefits to Same-Sex Partners?

May 2, 2013

March Madness: Do You Allow Workplace Basketball Pools?

March 20, 2013

Your Say: How did your CU help members through the recession?

February 22, 2013

Your Say: Where will CUs have the most loan growth this year?

February 5, 2013

Your Say: Have You Stuck With Your New Year's Resolutions?

January 17, 2013

Your Say: What's Your Top Tech Priority?

January 1, 2013

Your Say: Will the U.S. Economy Fall Off the Fiscal Cliff?

December 12, 2012

Your Say: Does Your CU Conduct Risk-Based Lending?

November 12, 2012

The Election: Would CUs Fare Better Under Obama or Romney?

October 13, 2012

Your Say: Will Mobile Banking Replace the Branch?

September 27, 2012

Your Say: What Are Your Hiring Plans?

May 1, 2012

Your Say: Do You Supply Tablets for Your Board?

March 1, 2012

Your Say: What's Your Preferred Dress Code?

February 7, 2012

Your Say: Does Your CU Use Social Media for Collections?

January 11, 2012

Your Say: Should overweight staff pay more for health care?

November 30, 2011

Your Say: Does Your CU Target Gen Y?

November 28, 2011

Your Say: Members Who Cause a Loss

September 26, 2011

Your Say: Will there be a recession?

August 24, 2011

Your Say: Staff Compensation

August 4, 2011

Your Say: Interchange Income

July 5, 2011

Your Say: Do You Offer Benefits for Part-Time Staff?

May 18, 2011

Your Say: Will your CU offer mobile banking within the next year?

March 8, 2011

Your Say: Should CUs forego loans that aren't in members' best interests?

February 22, 2011

Your Say: Will the Real Estate Market Rebound or Regress in 2011?

January 31, 2011

Your Say: What's the Best Way to Fix the Economy?

October 26, 2010
Should we spend our way of the recession or exercise fiscal restraint?

Your Say: Technology Investments

October 13, 2010

Your Say: Alternative Capital

September 21, 2010

Your Say: Drug Testing

August 11, 2010

Your Say: Managing Liquidity

July 4, 2010

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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.