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3 Steps to Create a Global Company Culture

Recognize This! – A company’s culture defines how the work gets done. It should be the same in every location, every country, everywhere in the world.

Building a strong, global culture seems an obvious step in ensuring company success. But it can be easy to become lazy about your culture, assuming it will continue…

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Added by Derek Irvine on April 24, 2014 at 10:21am — No Comments

Engaging Employees on Their Way Out the Door?

Recognize This! – Is the best way to engage employees to focus on them when they leave?

I’ll admit, I started to read this Fast Company article prejudiced to disagree with the premise –…

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Added by Derek Irvine on April 22, 2014 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Celebrating the “Average” among Us * Remembering Boston’s Heroes and Helpers

Recognize This! – True heroes often come from unexpected places.

Today is a solemn day of remembrance and tribute. Our US headquarters are located near Boston, and several of our employees are regular runners of the Boston marathon. Last year was a brutal, heart-wrenching blow to all of us, but of course, no more…

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Added by Derek Irvine on April 15, 2014 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Compensation Cafe: Reverse the Purse – Get More Out of Spot Awards than Annual Incentives

Recognize This! – The frequency, timeliness and specificity of spot recognition delivers much greater benefit than delayed annual awards.

In my most recent post on Compensation Cafe, I look at recent survey results from a a…

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Added by Derek Irvine on April 14, 2014 at 11:36am — No Comments

Love at Work * 3 Ways to Get It Right

Recognize This! – We should be encouraging love at work, particularly companionate love, to increase employee engagement and retention.

Love at work. If you’re in HR and reading that statement, likely you shuddered, even just a little. Usually, “love at work,” means some kind of relationship gone…

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Added by Derek Irvine on April 8, 2014 at 3:21pm — No Comments

The Power of Thanks During M&A – 5 Steps to Merge Company Cultures



Recognize This! – Culture is the most powerful (and the most neglected) tool for successful M&A.

Mercer periodically puts out terrific infographics summarizing research around a particular topic. The most recent is “People Issues Affect M&A Transactions More Than Ever” (see it at right or …

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Added by Derek Irvine on April 7, 2014 at 4:34pm — No Comments

What Do Your Customers Really Want and Need? – Ask Them!

Recognize This! – Customers are a font of knowledge just waiting to be tapped.

Last week I had the pleasure of joining colleagues and customers at Globoforce’s annual customer forum, Engage. We’re very particular about defining it as a customer forum and not a customer conference. The intent every year is to…

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Added by Derek Irvine on April 7, 2014 at 8:46am — No Comments

3 Tips to Become an Exceptional Manager

Recognize This! – Selflessness, good assumptions and recognition are the most powerful tools in the good manager’s arsenal.

In my most recent post on Compensation Café, I referenced a quote from Don Knauss, CEO of…

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Added by Derek Irvine on April 2, 2014 at 10:24am — No Comments

Compensation Cafe: 3 Steps to Get Even More Out of Compensation

Recognize This! – In it’s most broad definition, “compensation” can encompass all of Total Rewards. How are you bringing the power of your Total Rewards to drive what is most important your organization’s success?

Today on …

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Added by Derek Irvine on April 1, 2014 at 8:39am — No Comments

3 Tips to Become an Exceptional Manager

Recognize This! – Selflessness, good assumptions and recognition are the most powerful tools in the good manager’s arsenal.

In my most recent post on Compensation Café, I referenced a quote from Don Knauss, CEO of…

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Added by Derek Irvine on March 28, 2014 at 8:12am — No Comments

Compensation Cafe: 3 Steps to Get Even More Out of Compensation

Recognize This! – In it’s most broad definition, “compensation” can encompass all of Total Rewards. How are you bringing the power of your Total Rewards to drive what is most important your organization’s success?

Today on …

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Added by Derek Irvine on March 27, 2014 at 8:34am — No Comments

Don’t Just Thank Employees * Show Your Appreciation These 3 Ways

Recognize This! – A positive relationship built on respect is fundamental to building a culture of recognition and a relationship built on appreciation.

It’s no surprise to regular readers that my favorite topic of conversation on this blog is how we can all do a better job of sharing our appreciation for each other’s efforts at…

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Added by Derek Irvine on March 20, 2014 at 12:47pm — No Comments

Horrible Bosses: Do These 2 Things to Reform Them into Star Leaders

Recognize This! – Reforming horrible bosses relies on focusing on feedback skills, both positive and negative.

Do you work for a horrible boss? Have you ever?

Some of my favorite email feeds are from SmartBrief. In short, easy-to-read snippets, I can skim through the latest news, blogs and commentary on…

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Added by Derek Irvine on March 19, 2014 at 9:52am — No Comments

5 Lessons Learned from Employee Reactions to “Employee Appreciation Day”

Recognize This! – A culture of recognition relies on employee perception of ongoing appreciation and acknowledgment of exceptional behaviors, effort and results.

In honor of Employee Appreciation Day last Friday, my CEO Eric Mosley shared …

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Added by Derek Irvine on March 13, 2014 at 4:19pm — No Comments

Stop Working So Hard at Change Management and Change Your Company Culture for the Better

Recognize This! – Creating the culture your organization needs to succeed in good times and bad is, perhaps, simpler than you imagine.

This excellent article in Strategy + Business explains why complex …

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Added by Derek Irvine on March 11, 2014 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Do These 2 Things or Watch Your Best Employees Leave

Recognize This! – Ongoing, immediate recognition of excellence is as important as career growth and development opportunities to retain top talent.

There are …

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Added by Derek Irvine on March 11, 2014 at 8:58am — No Comments

Today on Compensation Cafe – Take a NAP for Effective Employee Recognition

Recognize This! – Effective employee recognition requires more than a casual “Hey, thanks!”

Check out my post today on Compensation Cafe. I explain why employee recognition and appreciation is quite…

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Added by Derek Irvine on March 5, 2014 at 8:45am — No Comments

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

Compensation Cafe: It’s Weather, Not Climate



Recognize This! – Know your goals for recognition versus incentives: broad impact on all over the long term, or short-term impact on fewer.

Are you as tired of this endless winter as my New England-based team is? Check out…

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Added by Derek Irvine on February 26, 2014 at 12:35pm — No Comments

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