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The Real Reason to Worry about Indicators of Employees Ready to Quit

Recognize This! – “I quit but forgot to tell you” employees are costing you more than you…

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Added by Derek Irvine on March 4, 2014 at 8:29am — No Comments

Why Employee Engagement Doesn’t Work

Recognize This! – Buzzwords don’t deliver desired results. Effort to communicate meaning and value does.

There seems to be a good bit of push-back against employee engagement lately. I can’t say I’m surprised. This is fairly typical as any good idea or methodology morphs into a buzzword over time. However, the…

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Added by Derek Irvine on February 28, 2014 at 8:51am — No Comments

Employee Engagement – Definitions and Reality

Recognize This! – For all the academic definitions of employee engagement, seeing a truly engaged employee at work is the most meaningful.

I think there are more …

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Added by Derek Irvine on February 6, 2014 at 8:36am — No Comments

Research Roundup – 3 Reasons Why Manager Engagement & Leadership Style Is Critical for Team Success

Recognize This! – People quit managers, not companies, so engaging managers and helping lead well is critical to success.

Today’s post is a bit of a round-up of recent research and commentary on the role of the leader in employee engagement. Combined, they tell a quite interesting story.

1) Naming the wrong person manager cannot be balanced through other…

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Added by Derek Irvine on January 23, 2014 at 8:33am — No Comments

Employees and HR Agree! Recognition Most Important for Engagement – What Are You Doing about It?

Recognize This! – Make it easy for anyone to meaningfully recognize others and track the impact on your culture.

ADP in the UK recently conducted a survey of employees and HR Directors (HRDs) in the UK. (Full report and …

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Added by Derek Irvine on November 19, 2013 at 10:48am — No Comments

2 Critical Factors for Meaningful Work



Recognize This! – Personal attitude and corporate environment are foundational to our ability to perceive our work as meaningful.

Regular readers know my passion about the confluence of employee engagement, meaningful work and recognition. …

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Added by Derek Irvine on September 17, 2013 at 12:54pm — No Comments

What Employee Engagement Looks Like Part 2

Recognize This! – Would you cut down trees in a major disaster area to reach your customers and do your job.

One of the most common questions I’m asked is, “how do you define employee engagement?” There’s the technical…

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Added by Derek Irvine on August 26, 2013 at 11:15am — No Comments

If Your CEO Doesn’t Care about Strategy, Should You?



Recognize This! – Lack of commitment to vision and mission affects engagement at every level, but doesn’t remove individual responsibility for mission achievement.

Do you believe in the strategy of your organization? Indeed, do you know the strategy of the organization as espoused by leadership? More…

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Added by Derek Irvine on August 22, 2013 at 8:13am — No Comments

The Employee Engagement Business Case – Latest Proof from Aon Hewitt

(This post originally appeared on OpenReq.)

A large part of my consulting work with companies and clients around the world is leading workshops on the…

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Added by Derek Irvine on August 7, 2013 at 1:49pm — No Comments

Guest Post: Recognition Is Everyone’s Job

(In a first-ever guest post on Recognize This!, Kevin Kruse, New York Times best-selling author of Employee Engagement for Everyone, shares more on how strategic recognition can influence employee…

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Added by Derek Irvine on August 2, 2013 at 2:17pm — No Comments

The Purpose of Employee Engagement

Recognize This! – Communicating “purpose” of the work is critical to employee decisions to engage more deeply.

I’ve been writing and speaking about the importance of employee engagement for well over a decade, now – years before engagement became…

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Added by Derek Irvine on July 9, 2013 at 4:04pm — No Comments

Not All Employee Turnover Is Bad

Recognize This! – Some turnover is needed to ensure the best are able to excel in a strong, positive company culture and work environment.

Two of the most direct, measurable people…

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Added by Derek Irvine on June 20, 2013 at 3:54pm — No Comments

There Are No Fad Diet Quick Fixes for Strategic Employee Recognition

Recognize This! – Building and strengthening a culture of recognition requires consistent, daily effort and action.

Over cake with colleagues at a recent company celebration, I had an epiphany. Well, perhaps not an epiphany as this is a truth I’ve long known, but definitely an analogy worth sharing.

As we…

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Added by Derek Irvine on June 20, 2013 at 10:35am — No Comments

Top 5 Employee Recognition Goals from the Latest WorldatWork Trends in Recognition Report

Recognize This! – More and more companies are realizing the power of strategic employee recognition to reinforce and drive desired behaviors in the daily work of employees.…

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Added by Derek Irvine on June 14, 2013 at 3:29pm — No Comments

Tattoo Your Culture on Your Employees’ Hearts, Not Hands or Heads

Recognize This! – While few employees will choose to permanently ink their skin with your logo, far more will indelibly tattoo your values and ambitions on their hearts and minds when recognized for their efforts, contributions and achievements.

I’ve heard a lot of …

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Added by Derek Irvine on June 14, 2013 at 8:07am — No Comments

The Confluence of Happiness and Performance = Engagement

Recognize This! – Balancing employee happiness and performance is critical to long-term, sustainable employee engagement and impact.…

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Added by Derek Irvine on June 7, 2013 at 3:02pm — No Comments

What Engages You?

Recognize This! – Sometimes, removing bureaucracy and getting out of people’s way are the most “engaging” things you can do.

Last month, I wrote a post on 3 Good Reasons Employee Engagement Surveys…

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Added by Derek Irvine on June 4, 2013 at 8:22am — No Comments

3 Ways Employee Engagement Surveys Fail

Recognize This! – Don’t bother to survey employees on their engagement unless you’re willing to invest time and money to resolve difficult, deep, cultural challenges their answers may bring to light.

Sometimes, we need to air our HR dirty laundry. Let’s bring into the light of day how surveys are traditionally conducted and…

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Added by Derek Irvine on May 23, 2013 at 8:09am — No Comments

Top Retention Strategy: Strategic Employee Recognition



Recognize This! – A culture of recognition is one of the most powerful means of retaining top talent.

In the last few months in my travels to lead workshops with clients and to present at various HR and strategy conferences around the world, I’m hearing a repeated refrain about employee retention. In my…

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Added by Derek Irvine on May 15, 2013 at 10:24am — No Comments

3 Tips to Become the Manager Employees Never Want to Leave



Recognize This! – People leave bosses, not companies. Good managers make sure their employees succeed before themselves.

We’ve all heard the truism that people quit managers not jobs. If retention of top performers and key talent is a priority for you, then one of the first places you should look for improvement is…

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Added by Derek Irvine on May 7, 2013 at 12:26pm — No Comments

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