Management

Hampel: Economy, Loan Growth ‘Pretty Decent’

PEIS discussion examines current economy, risk-based capital, and housing finance reform.

April 22, 2014
CU loan growth is picking up, says CUNA’s chief economist. Read More

Cheney: ‘We’ve Energized the Movement’

CUNA leader reflects on the strength of CUNA and the CU movement.

April 21, 2014
‘Keep your eye on Washington, but keep your ear on CUs all around the country.’ Read More
2014 NACUSO Annual Conference

Business Insights from Inside the Shark Tank

‘The language of success is technology and money.’

April 16, 2014
Success doesn’t come easy, says Robert Herjavec, ‘but if you hit it, you can hit really big.’ Read More
On My Mind

Let’s Honor Our Heroes

Those who exemplify CU philosophy inspire and motivate us all.

April 04, 2014
Help us decide who’ll be the next CU Hero of the Year. Read More

More Whistleblowers Report Employer Retaliation

Follow through on your anti-retaliation message or no one will take it seriously.

April 04, 2014
Three steps to protect employees from retaliation while guarding their privacy. Read More

A Mighty Transformation: Inside the 'Crashers' Video Shoot

Young GAC attendees' enthusiasm makes a big impression on CU thought leader Andy Janning.

March 26, 2014
Former CU executive came away impressed after chronicling this year’s Crash the GAC. Read More
Leading Edge

Thrivent Federal Credit Union Comes Full Circle

The bank that became a CU actually had its origins in the movement.

March 26, 2014
The bank that became a CU actually had its origins in the movement. Read More

Prepare for the End of Gridlock

The paralysis that has gripped Washington will end eventually. CUs must be ready when it does.

March 07, 2014
CUs must stay engaged in the process the entire time—an advocacy marathon, so to speak. Read More
Unite for Good

The Face of Advocacy

Winning the battle to maintain CUs’ tax exemption will allow CUs to continue help families in need.

March 01, 2014
The fight to maintain CUs’ tax exemption may be decided by Washington’s power brokers, but the decision ultimately will affect even the smallest among us. Read More
GAC 2014

VIDEO: Create a Connection in Congress: Seven Steps

Conducting business with a personal touch is an ethos that has served CUs well.

February 25, 2014
Make a big impact on legislators during Hill visits. 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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