WorkHuman Wednesday: Catch Someone Doing Something Good

by Traci Pesch

Recognize This! – We all have the power to foster positivity through simple acts of praise and appreciation.

I’ve just returned from a whirlwind vacation with many wonderful new memories created with my family. Vacations are ideal for the opportunity to refresh, rejuvenate and reconnect on a deep and meaningful level with those we love the most. They are also terrific for the ability to just disconnect from the usual daily reality for a while.

That disconnection from what we usually see and experience makes it easier, I think, to spot things we might not normally be looking for. We have different eyes, seeking to see different things. And that’s good. It’s the unexpected that stands out, that sticks with us. Seth Godin commented on his blog:
“The unexpected praise or apology, the one that comes out of the blue, can change everything. It’s easier than ever to reach out and speak up. Sad, then, how rarely we do it when it’s not expected.”
With that in mind, I wanted to call attention to this story in the news about police treatment of those in powerless situations:
“TiAnna Greene was taking her daughter to [...]

Gallup: Why Only 15% of Germany’s Workers Are Engaged

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – 85% of Germany’s workers are not engaged or actively disengaged, costing the EU’s largest economy €275 billion each year.

I often write about Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and how being recognized is critical to our sense of fulfillment, hence, our productivity at work. In cultures across the globe, this need for recognition unites us [...]

Disengaged Employees and the Risk of Inside Hackers

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Successfully engaging your employees instills a loyalty that can prevent company insiders from leaking private information.

It seems we hear about more breaches of companies’ customers’ personal or financial information nearly every month. When companies suffer security breaches, costs are significant, but financial losses can be recouped. It’s much harder to recover from [...]

China Gorman on the Role of Trust in Changing Cultures and Creating Great Places to Work

by Andrea Gappmayer

Recognize This! – Strong, supportive, successful company cultures are built on a strong foundation of trust, pride and camaraderie in relationships at work.

As a Senior Recognition Strategist and Consultant at Globoforce, I have the opportunity to meet and work with fascinating people every day. China Gorman, the former CEO of Great Place to Work® Institute, is [...]

Balancing Manager and Individual Responsibility for Employee Engagement

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Engagement is an individual choice on a perpetual continuum influenced by leaders and managers, especially.

I’ve been asked a couple of times recently, “Do you think ‘employee engagement’ has become just another business buzzword?”

It’s a valid question and one that often arises from a lack of understanding – what drives engagement and why [...]

Rules of Enchantment to Bring More Romance to Work (the HR-Approved Way)

by Lynette Silva

Recognize This! – We all could use more romance at work, when we think of romance in terms of celebrating emotion, the individual, imagination, nature and spontaneity.

One of my personal career highs was the opportunity to lead a panel discussion at Work Human last month. The panelists were all authors of tremendous books on various elements [...]

5 Human Truths in the Modern Workplace and How to Address Them

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – We are all human. Our workplaces, relationships and interactions need to reflect our humanity to help us all deliver more productively and achieve success together.

I had the pleasure and honor of speaking again this year at SHRM’s 2015 annual conference. My topic – “The Power of Thanks: Bringing Workplace Gratitude to the Next [...]