Compensation Cafe: Engagement, Business Decisions and Books

Derek Irvine, Employee Engagement

Recognize This! — Social Recognition is a business decision that is also a powerful means of employee engagement.

Today, I’d like to you point you to my most recent posts on Compensation Cafe and a new book written by 3/8 of the Compensation Cafe Team:

Is It a Reward, a Perk, or a Business Decision?
In this post, I look at recent news of the US government investigating taxation of employee free-food cafeterias such as the benefit offered by Google. How companies perceive the benefit itself will weight most heavily in the ultimate decision on what to do about employee benefits such as free-food offerings. If you think of the cafeterias as merely a “perk” designed to increase your corporate reputation as a “cool company,” then your motivation is coming from the wrong place. However, if you think of fully loaded, free-food employee cafeterias as a business decision, then I’d be willing to wager the programs will continue even in the face of 30% increased taxes (which are paid by the company, not the employee, in most cases). Many companies perceive this benefit (as well as free on-site dry cleaning, day care, and many more) as a terrific [...]

3 Reasons Why Mobile Recognition Matters

Derek Irvine, Culture of Appreciation

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Making recognition easy to give and receive anytime, anywhere is a powerful contributor to creating a Positivity Dominated Workplace.

Usually, I write more about the strategic side of employee recognition and how social recognition, when done right, can drive bottom-line business results through increased employee engagement, retention, productivity and [...]

30 Years of High Performance, for What?

Lynette Silva, Years of Service Celebration

by Lynette Silva

Recognize This! – Honoring and celebrating employees on milestone anniversaries is an important opportunity to strengthen the emotional connection between the employee and the workplace.

I’m coming up on my seven year anniversary with Globoforce. I’m quite proud of this as my tenure nearly doubles any previous length of service at any [...]

65 Pairs of Shoes and Counting: A New Twist on the Business Case for Recognition

Derek Irvine, Employee Engagement

by Brenda Pohlman

Recognize This! — Use “employees as consumers” as a metric in the business case for recognition.

I’m really fortunate to work with smart customers. In fact, that’s among the best aspects of my job. As a consultant, it’s my responsibility to encourage customers to think big about what’s possible with recognition, to [...]

The Real Definition of “Courage”

Lynette Silva, Culture of Appreciation

by Lynette Silva

Recognize This! – Courage can be demonstrated in ways both big and small, all important.

I’m flying today. I’ve heard too many comments to count along the lines of, “You’re flying on 9/11? Your crazy!” or “You must have a lot of courage to fly on 9/11.”

Choosing to fly on the [...]

How Do You Choose to Experience Your Work?

Lynette Silva, Culture of Appreciation

by Lynette Silva

Recognize This! – How you play the game often matters as much as the outcome.

I’m a Red Sox fan. People accuse me of being a “fair weather” fan because I didn’t start following the Sox until the 2004 season (the year they finally won the World Series again after an 86-year [...]

Employee Recognition: It’s Just Not that Hard

Andrea Gappmayer, Social Recognition

by Andrea Gappmayer

Recognize This! – Because recognition is so valuable, we often try to over-complicate what can be a very simple message.

When you think of “recognition in the workplace,” what are some words that come to mind?  Chances are that the words and ideas on your list include things like “plaque,” “watch,” “pizza,” [...]

3 Things Real Leaders Do to Shape Company Culture

Derek Irvine, Culture Management

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Effective cultures are proactively created by recognizing and reinforcing desired behaviors in every employee, every day.

Among my list of favorite authors, thinkers and change agents is Steve Kerr. His book Reward Systems: Does Yours Measure Up? is one I often recommend for its common sense approach to recognition [...]