Closing the Skills Gap in a Human Era

By Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – The practices that make a workplace more human are also the ones that can position a company to successfully adapt to future change.

Many companies are struggling to keep pace with emerging skills gaps. This is according to a recent interview in Harvard Business Review with Cathy Benko, Vice Chairman at Deloitte. She points to the need for companies to move away from industrial-era practices, focusing instead on more fluid and employee-driven approaches.

Reading through the interview, it struck me that many of her recommendations reflect the rising influence of the human era on how companies can manage and grow their people in a digital age.

One quotation stood out in particular: “If you can convince your employees that they are deeply involved—and central to—the reinvention of the company, you can in turn spur engagement, productivity, and mutual success.”

By creating a more human workplace, businesses and their employees can be better prepared to succeed within these ever changing business environments.

The process starts with empowering employees to take a wider view of their work. For example, practices that help employees create meaning and purpose within their current roles set the stage for a […]

“The Seventh Sense” – A Book Review and Thoughts on Humanity in the Age of Networks

by Lynette Silva

Recognize This! – Our world is highly networked today and will become more so in a more secure fashion. Leaders must help ensure we retain our humanity as we become at once more connected and more secure.

I’ve just finished a book that’s possibly frightened me more than the Exorcist. (And that’s saying something. I didn’t sleep […]


Productive, But at What Cost?

By Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Failing to address disruptive behavior by high-performers can actually hurt overall productivity. Leaders should focus on creating a culture that encourages everyone to contribute instead.

What should a leader do when one of their most productive employees is also the most disruptive?

It’s a challenging question that gets at the costs versus benefits of […]


Doing Gymnastics at Work

by Traci Pesch

Recognize This! – The sport of gymnastics offers several lessons we can apply to make work more human.

My daughter did gymnastics for 6 years. It’s an intense sport for which, unless you’re deeply in it, it is hard to understand the level of commitment necessary. To be a top-level gymnast requires dedication of your entire mind […]


A Mandate for Positivity?

By Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Encouraging positivity at work can be challenging, but is achievable through a strong culture of recognition and making work human.

It’s no surprise that positive workplaces can help contribute to a whole host of beneficial results, from better health to greater productivity. The challenge that many companies face is how to go about creating […]


The Future of Worker Productivity

By Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Less pure output and more holistic wellbeing, productivity is driven by the employee experience and technologies that can give leaders greater insight.

Last week, I wrote about worker productivity from the perspective of economists and the figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In that post, a decline in productivity appears to reflect deep […]


Want to Learn How to WorkHuman? Go to Jail!

by Lynette Silva

Recognize This! – Respect is a foundational element of working more human, in any work environment.

What’s the most inhumane work environment you can think of? Hard field labor in the blazing sun? Dangerous construction or energy work? After listening to an NPR interview with a Mother Jones reporter who went undercover as a prison guard in […]