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“Good People Data Makes the Business Run Better”

Recognize This! – More sources for data on our most valuable asset – our people – is necessary to drive organization success.

Data, specifically good data, drives successful companies. I call out the obvious with “good data” because a great deal of superfluous and even bad data floats around any company. As analysts often say,…

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Added by Derek Irvine on June 13, 2014 at 8:50am — No Comments

Exorcise Energy Vampires to Increase the Bottom Line

Recognize This! – Good performance cannot balance the negative impact of continuously destroying team moral.

In yesterday’s post on the very intriguing work of …

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Added by Derek Irvine on June 3, 2014 at 1:22pm — No Comments

If More Pay Won’t Retain Employees, What Will?

Recognize This! – “More money” is the safe, easy answer for why employees leave. That doesn’t mean it’s true.

Yesterday on Compensation Café I wrote about a Salary.com surveyshowing that even though employees…

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Added by Derek Irvine on June 2, 2014 at 9:49am — No Comments

Onboarding New Employees into Your Company Culture

Recognize This! – Specific, timely recognition within the first 30 days is the fastest way to engage new hires into your organizational culture.

As an HR pro or hiring manager, you’ve gone to great time and expense to find a smart and talented person to add to your team. Now you need to bring that person on board and…

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Added by Derek Irvine on May 28, 2014 at 4:24pm — No Comments

Would You Buy from a Disengaged Retail Employee?

Recognize This! – Employee engagement with and deep understanding of brand values is especially critical in largely customer-facing industries.

Have you ever had a poor customer service experience while shopping? Think back on a recent poor service experience. What did that make you think about the company,…

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Added by Derek Irvine on May 27, 2014 at 3:26pm — No Comments

3 Perspectives on Job Satisfaction, Retention and Employee Recognition

Recognize This! – Research and surveys are clear. Employees want to leave for better recognition.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve seen several employee surveys on job satisfaction and retention. All drive home the point that employees are not satisfied in their work and primary reason is they don’t feel valued or…

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Added by Derek Irvine on May 16, 2014 at 8:20am — No Comments

The 100 Year Employee Engagement Survey

Recognize This! – When employees take the time to give us their opinion and insight, we must respond quickly and appropriately.

As more and more organizations have come to understand the profound …

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Added by Derek Irvine on May 15, 2014 at 11:20am — No Comments

Free vs. Worth It

Recognize This! – When recognition is “free” we don’t stop to think about the real “worth” of the contribution, achievement or result of the person we’re recognizing.

As a consultant and strategist on employee recognition, one of the most common questions I’m asked is: “Isn’t free appreciation just as effective as…

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Added by Derek Irvine on May 6, 2014 at 9:21am — No Comments

Praising the Praiseworthy – Everywhere

Praising the Praiseworthy – Everywhere

Recognize This! – Sharing positivity increases happiness for ourselves and those around us.

Do you make it a habit to notice what others around you do? Do you see the random acts of kindness performed by others? If so, do you praise them for it?

Take a moment to start your week with …

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Added by Derek Irvine on April 30, 2014 at 2:58pm — No Comments

Compensation Cafe: Without a Decent Salary, All Employee Productivity Bets Are Off

Recognize This! – Managers need to realign their idea of what motivates productivity to employees’ actual needs.

Today on Compensation Cafe I shared a Venn diagram by Oscar Berg:…

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Added by Derek Irvine on April 28, 2014 at 9:01am — No Comments

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

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