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A Thanksgiving Tradition

Guest Post by Don MacPherson

Recognize This! – The root of gratitude is noticing and appreciating how others help us achieve that for which we are grateful.

(Editor’s Note: In the spirit of recognition and gratitude, especially at this…


Added by Derek Irvine on December 4, 2014 at 4:55pm — No Comments

Finding Your Hidden Heroes – Listen to Their Peers

by Lynette Silva

Recognize This! – Your “Steady Eddie” employees are the people who make it possible for your stars to shine. They deserve recognition and praise, too.

If Traci Pesch can blog about …


Added by Derek Irvine on December 2, 2014 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Thank You for Your Service – A Lesson in the Power of Thanks From Our Military Service Members

by Brenda Pohlman

Recognize This! – When recognition and appreciation fully permeate your culture, astounding things can be accomplished, often in the worst of situations.

If you ever doubted the power of recognition, consider the military. I’d venture…


Added by Derek Irvine on December 1, 2014 at 11:06am — No Comments

Want to Increase Employee Engagement? Communicate Meaning & Value of Work

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Employee engagement is increasing in most factors, but we’re still falling short in recognizing employees and providing them with the tools to do the job well.

Last Friday, I shared information showing…


Added by Derek Irvine on November 24, 2014 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Service Awards or Service Ignored?

by Andrea Gappmayer

Recognize This! – Your years of service anniversary approach sends a very loud message to employees. Is it the one you want them to hear?

Many years ago, I was a radio disc jockey. One of those years, I was actually voted “Best DJ in…


Added by Derek Irvine on November 20, 2014 at 4:33pm — No Comments

Trick or Treat! Your Work Superpower

by Lynette Silva

Recognize This! – We all have superpowers, if we choose to use them.

Trick or treat! Who’s ready for Halloween? Is your workplace one that encourages costumes? Yesterday, Globoforce hosted a…


Added by Derek Irvine on November 14, 2014 at 9:26am — No Comments

School Pictures, Traditional Years of Service and Other Anachronisms

by Traci Pesch

Not my son, but a good example of his attitude.

Recognize This! – Celebrations should do what they promise and involve everyone with a story to share to “celebrate” the person being…


Added by Derek Irvine on November 13, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

07/23/2014: Would You Risk Your Job to Save Your CEO?

Recognize This! – Loyalty is earned, every day, in actions both big and small.

I’m based outside of Boston, Mass. Big news in these parts during the last week is the work stoppage by employees at Market Basket, a New England-wide, family-owned, grocery…


Added by Derek Irvine on July 24, 2014 at 10:22am — No Comments

07/22/2014: What’s Your Word for Your Attitude about Your Work?

Recognize This! – Happiness at work is all about your chosen attitude.

If I asked you to describe your attitude towards your work in one word, what would it be? Setting aside for a moment your feelings for work, the English language admittedly makes this difficult. German, for example, is a fascinating…


Added by Derek Irvine on July 22, 2014 at 4:19pm — No Comments

07/21/2014: Observations from a SHRM First-Timer

Recognize This! – The sign of an engaged professional is continuing to experience and learn from “firsts.”

Life is full of firsts. First steps, first words, first love, first job and so on. Good stuff.

I happen to be having a few firsts of my own recently. As someone who’s been working in the HR space for nearly…


Added by Derek Irvine on July 22, 2014 at 10:04am — No Comments

07/18/2014: The Secret to Effective Global Employee Recognition

Recognize This! – There is no secret “list” for how all employees in all cultures in all countries and organizations around the world like to be recognized.

I’m excited to join the Recognize This! blog. My plan in the coming months is to let you in on all the secrets, like: Do people in Japan believe in recognition? What motivates…


Added by Derek Irvine on July 18, 2014 at 4:01pm — No Comments

07/17/2014: Happy Check! – An Instant Employee Engagement Benchmark

Recognize This! – In-the-moment knowledge of employee engagement levels can deliver tremendous dividends for project success.

Did you ever wish you could instantly and easily assess an employee’s engagement level at any time, any place around the world? What about having a readily available benchmark tool that’s universally…


Added by Derek Irvine on July 18, 2014 at 10:17am — No Comments

07/16/2014: What I’ve Learned from Customers + Webinar July 22nd

Recognize This! – Some of the most valuable lessons learned come from our customers. Join a webinar July 22nd with InterContinental Hotel Groups to learn directly from them on the power of social recognition.

I’m honored to be a contributor on the Recognize This! blog, through which Derek has been providing insight, advice and…


Added by Derek Irvine on July 17, 2014 at 4:38pm — No Comments

07/15/2014: New Look, New Contributors, New Resources

Recognize This! – I work with smart, insightful and wise consultants every day. Now is my opportunity to share their expertise with you.

Today is an auspicious day for the Recognize This! blog. As online readers can easily see, we’ve completely…


Added by Derek Irvine on July 16, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Round-Up: Meeting the President, Motivating Employees, and More Stack Ranking Failures

Recognize This! – Lessons for the power of recognition and appreciation can come from nearly any avenue, if we pay attention.…


Added by Derek Irvine on July 11, 2014 at 8:15am — No Comments

Compensation Cafe: 2 Research Reports on Proper Bonus Allocation & Use

Recognize This! – When and how to use bonus budget effectively can often be better determined through frequent, timely recognition and less reliance on bonus overall.

In my last two posts on Compensation Cafe, I shared two pieces of research – one from…


Added by Derek Irvine on July 8, 2014 at 4:20pm — No Comments

How “Good” Are You?

Recognize This! – The macro “Good Country Index” offers brilliant micro lessons for the workplace, too.

When you hear the word “good,” what do you think of? How do you define it? The natural inclination is to describe “good” as the opposite of “bad,” but independent policy advisor Simon Anholt has another definition – “good” as the opposite of “selfish.” And that’s the definition he uses in…


Added by Derek Irvine on July 8, 2014 at 10:13am — No Comments

What’s the Value of Measuring Employee Satisfaction?

Recognize This! – There is value in employee satisfaction surveys, when conducted and analyzed properly.

In various blog posts over the years (see …


Added by Derek Irvine on July 7, 2014 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Crowdsourcing How to Re-Engage Fatigued Employees

Recognize This! – Kind commenters shared additional wisdom on how to re-engage fatigued employees.

Last week, I shared here on Recognize This! a…


Added by Derek Irvine on July 2, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

5 Types of Fatigued Employees & How to Help them Re-Engage

Recognize This! – Energy ebbs and flows over time, but we can help employees re-engage when we identify and address key areas of fatigue.

I had the opportunity to present at SHRM in Orlando this week. I was gratified to have a full session at the 7:00 am early-bird spot on Tuesday. I think the title of my session – How to Transform…


Added by Derek Irvine on July 1, 2014 at 3:02pm — No Comments

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