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Globoforce Named Boston Globe Top Place to Work – Again!

Recognize This! – Regardless of nationality, a day of thanks is a gift. Thank you!

At this time of year, I know my American readers celebrate an important and wonderfully themed event – Thanksgiving.   The name of this event says it all, and it encourages us here on this side of the Atlantic (I’m Irish, based in Dublin, for…

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Added by Derek Irvine on December 2, 2013 at 10:38am — No Comments

Top 5 Ways to Say Thanks

Recognize This! – There are countless ways to express appreciation, but keep these top ways in mind.

As my American team members prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, I’m in a mood to share top ways to say thanks. While the below are written with the workplace in mind, all can (and should) be applied in our…

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Added by Derek Irvine on December 2, 2013 at 9:06am — No Comments

Compensation Cafe: 3 Lessons Learned from Over-Reliance on Pay for Performance

Recognize This! – Recognitions serves a distinct and critical role from compensation. Don’t confuse the two.

Check out my post this week on Compensation Cafe in which I share the…

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Added by Derek Irvine on November 22, 2013 at 3:27pm — No Comments

3 Lessons from Ford: Why Culture Matters

Recognize This! – Company culture, as the culmination of individual behaviors, can be the critical factor for success in very difficult times.

The 2008 recession was shocking to many for many reasons, not least of which was the failure or near failure of very large companies that had become institutions in the minds of…

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Added by Derek Irvine on November 22, 2013 at 1:04pm — 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

Compensation Cafe: Balancing Purpose and Pay to Hire, Retain and Engage Top Performers

Recognize This! – The purpose and meaning of our work are as important as the pay we receive to the work/return equation.

Check out my latest post on Compensation cafe, in which I…

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Added by Derek Irvine on November 13, 2013 at 1:41pm — No Comments

2 Lessons from CEOs: Define Success for All Employees, Then Recognize Them for It

Recognize This! – Give people clear parameters for success then don’t forget to follow-through and praise them when they achieve it.

It’s been several months since I last commented on the wisdom from CEOs featured in the weekly “Corner Office” column in The New York Times.

Make Sure Everyone…

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Added by Derek Irvine on November 12, 2013 at 10:54am — No Comments

Teamwork Lessons from the California Coastal Redwoods

Recognize This! – True team structure creates the support system to allow individuals to achieve their very best.

There are many amazing things in America, the coast redwood trees in Northern California are but one. I learned something fascinating about these trees, one of which is they are the…

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Added by Derek Irvine on November 7, 2013 at 8:19am — No Comments

2 Ways to Better Spend Your Investment in Employees to Maximize Productivity

Recognize This! – Recent Compensation Cafe articles point to research showing better ways to influence performance and productivity.

Annual Bonus Ranks Last as Motivator for…

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Added by Derek Irvine on November 5, 2013 at 9:44am — No Comments

Open the Floodgates of Employee Recognition

Recognize This! – Limiting employee appreciation only serves to undermine the goals of giving recognition in the first place.

I am deeply disturbed by an article by Lucy Kellaway in Financial Times. In it,…

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

3 Consequences of Getting Team Recognition Wrong

Recognize This! – Old hierarchical org structures are often inappropriate for recognizing teams in today’s social web workforce.

The husband of a member of my team (we’ll call him Tom) works on very complex circuit board designs. The way the company is structured, Tom is pulled in as a resource to an engineering team as…

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Added by Derek Irvine on October 24, 2013 at 9:42am — No Comments

Webinar 24th October: Why You Need Happy Employees and How to Get Them

Recognize This! – What drives happy employees? Join our webinar to find out.

I am pleased to be joining Jessica Miller-Merrell, author of the always-excellent Blogging4Jobs, for a webinar on Thursday (24th October, 11:00 EDT/4:00 GMT). Details are below and you can …

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Added by Derek Irvine on October 23, 2013 at 8:44am — No Comments

Chasing Celebration

Recognize This! – The crowning accomplishment of one often marks the achievement of team – and that is worthy of celebration.

I’m not a baseball fan. As an Irishman, baseball is not a native sport for me. Yet, I’m often in our Boston-area offices where it’s impossible to not be swept up by Red Sox fever (especially…

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Added by Derek Irvine on October 21, 2013 at 9:06am — No Comments

3 Subtle but Important Forms of Employee Recognition

Recognize This! – Detailed, specific and timely recognition must be regularly supported by trust, support and facilitation of employee success.

Recognizing employees is important. Regular readers of this blog know the research behind this. …

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Added by Derek Irvine on October 18, 2013 at 8:45am — No Comments

Are Happiness and Meaningful Work Mutually Exclusive?

Recognize This! – We must not discount the importance of the happiness derived from meaningful work.

This morning I read a blog…

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Added by Derek Irvine on October 15, 2013 at 8:43am — No Comments

Viral Video: Quitting in Style?

Recognize This! – Understanding motivation of individual employees can help avoid unnecessary attrition of high-talent employees.

Employees quitting in dramatic fashion via a video message that quickly goes viral is certainly nothing new, but I wanted to share this example with you.

Aside from the obvious lesson of remembering your…

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Added by Derek Irvine on October 9, 2013 at 10:19am — No Comments

Compensation Cafe: Employee Volunteers or Robots & Lessons from Fast-Food

Recognize This! – Sometimes, the best lessons for business success come from unlikely sources.

Are Your Employees Volunteers or Robots? (23rd September 2013)

When I speak about…

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Added by Derek Irvine on October 8, 2013 at 3:33pm — No Comments

3 Reasons Why Timely Recognition Matters



Recognize This! – Delaying recognition eliminates much of the benefit of the recognition event itself.

In looking through the post history on Recognize This!, I realize I’ve been remiss in directly addressing the most critical components for successful, impactful, meaningful employee recognition – timely appreciation…

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Added by Derek Irvine on October 7, 2013 at 10:42am — No Comments

Common Employee Recognition Myth: Recognize Only Top Performers



Recognize This! – The vast majority of employees work hard to contribute to company success and deserve recognition for those efforts.

I encounter many myths about employee recognition in my role as a consultant to companies looking to establish or strengthen a culture of appreciation in their organizations. One…

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Added by Derek Irvine on September 26, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Globoforce Named Great Place to Work

Recognize This! – Public accolades confirm private awareness.

I’ve always known my company, Globoforce, is a great place to work. Indeed, earlier this year Globoforce was named one of the  Best…

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Added by Derek Irvine on September 25, 2013 at 10:03am — No Comments

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