Youth Week

CU Offers Progression of Financial Education, Services

At NuVision CU, children are eligible for debit cards at age 13.

April 26, 2013
Young members can make real decisions—even mistakes—while the stakes are low and supervision is high. Read More
Special Report: National CU Youth Week

First Family CU Shakes It for CU Youth Week

Staffers use Internet meme to get into the spirit.

April 25, 2013
CU brings a little Harlem to Oklahoma. Read More
Special Report: National CU Youth Week

‘Get them in Early’

Multifaceted youth marketing involves community outreach, education.

April 25, 2013
‘It’s never too early to learn about money.’ Read More
Special Report: National CU Youth Week

Reach and Teach Youth

Financial education can turn young consumers into lifelong members.

April 24, 2013
Just because young consumers aren’t profitable today doesn’t mean they won’t be tomorrow. Read More

High School CU Branch Provides ‘Hands-On, Real-Life’ Financial Education

Student staff and members put money management principles into action.

April 23, 2013
High school branch reflects a nationwide trend by CUs to provide teens on-site access to financial education and services. Read More
Special Report: National CU Youth Week

Nine Tips for Totally Rad Youth Programs

Don’t wait to reach out to tomorrow’s members.

April 23, 2013
Educating youth in area schools is one way to fulfill the CU mission. Read More
Special Report: National CU Youth Week

Why You Shouldn’t Take Financial Advice from Justin Bieber

CUs offer better alternatives for young consumers than celebrity prepaid cards.

April 22, 2013
Many CUs use prepaid cards as a transition to mainstream products. Read More

A Sooper CU Youth Week

Contest, cash generate Youth Week excitement at Denver-based CU.

April 22, 2013
Sooper CU is celebrating National CU Youth Week throughout April. Read More

Teach Early and Often

How one CU grooms youth into fully engaged members.

April 01, 2013
Redwood CU retains 80% of its young members after they leave for college. Read More

Attract and Educate Youth

Building a relationship now will pay dividends down the road

March 26, 2013
Financial education can turn young consumers into lifelong members. 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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