The Connecting Power of Gratitude

by Lynette Silva

Recognize This! – We have the power to increase our own feelings of gratitude and happiness.

It’s the US season of Thanksgiving, which is my favorite holiday of the year. Give me an excuse to eat too much and then nap in the afternoon, and I’m on board! I kid. I love Thanksgiving because the point of the day is to reflect on all that you are grateful for and, if possible, express that gratitude to others.

Sure, it feels good to reflect in this way, and a good deal of research shows how gratitude gives far more than it gets.

See this study referenced in the University of California, Berkley’s Greater Good Science Center:
A team at the University of Southern California has shed light on the neural nuts and bolts of gratitude in a new study, offering insights into the complexity of this social emotion and how it relates to other cognitive processes…

The researchers found that grateful brains showed enhanced activity in two primary regions: the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) and the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). These areas have been previously associated with emotional processing, interpersonal bonding and rewarding social interactions, […]

Gartner Reveals 7 Best Practices for Employee Social Recognition

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – At the heart of any success social recognition program are the relationships built through appreciation of others.

Gartner just issued their second social recognition report for 2015: “Use Seven Best Practices to Plan Your Recognition and Rewards Project.” Researched and written by Chris Pang and Yvette Cameron, the report builds on their earlier June […]

What Makes a Top Place to Work?

by Lynette Silva

Recognize This! – Caring for colleagues as friends and fellow humans is a primary hallmark of any Top Place to Work.

For the third time, Globoforce has been named to the Boston Globe Top Places to Work, which recognizes the most admired workplaces in Massachusetts as voted on by the people who know them the best—the employees. […]

More Human Workplaces Can Get 70%+ Engagement Levels

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – The best competitive advantage available to all organizations lies in building a powerful, positive, WorkHuman culture.

I hosted a webinar with Newsweaver (internal communications experts and software) recently. My topic was how social recognition can contribute to driving a company culture and creating better employee communications. Net of it: how, by making a workplace […]

3 WorkHuman Lessons Learned from Nepotism at NASCAR

by Lynette Silva

Recognize This! – When all employees are encouraged to plan, communicate and fight for the ideas they believe in, success goals are more easily reached.

Nepotism seems to be the obvious punch line to workplace jokes like this one:
“One employee to another employee: ‘When the boss’ son starts working here tomorrow, he’ll have no special […]

Compensation Cafe: Rethinking Mental Health Days in a WorkHuman World

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! — Supporting employees’ needs to rejuvenate or recuperate is an important aspect of how we can WorkHuman.

Have you ever “pulled a sickie” (or in American parlance, “taken a mental health day”)? It seems likely nearly all have. A recent survey out of the UK relayed some interesting findings about why people pull a sickie. […]

Compensation Cafe: 6-Hour Work Day?

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! — We can achieve more efficient, effective work days by eliminating the busy, mundane and unnecessary.

It seems we’ve been promised shorter work days due to ever more efficient systems and technologies for decades. Yet those same technologies make it possible for us to work more easily anywhere and, therefore, longer hours.

Reigning in the […]

You Can’t WorkHuman if You Can’t Communicate

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! — A fundamental skill for any manager of people is how to communicate clearly, honestly, and appropriately.

Understanding. Purpose. Meaning. Value. All are critical parts of a creating a WorkHuman environment in the workplace. All are elements of communication. I would argue every manager of people must be a proficient communicator or willing […]