The Power of Thanks Named Silver Medalist in Axiom Business Book Awards

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Awards are wonderful to receive, but it’s what we learn from them that has even more value.

I am honored and pleased to announce that our latest book, The Power of Thanks, continues to earn accolades and win awards. This week we were awarded the Silver Medal in the Human Resources/Employee Training category, given by the Axiom Business Book Awards, “designed to honor the year’s best business books and their authors and publishers.

What does this mean to you? Well, I certainly recommend giving it a read to see how you can transform your work culture through the power of appreciation, gratitude, recognition and, yes, thanks

Short on time? You can download the first chapter here and get a taste for what the book has to offer in terms of practical advice and proven examples for devising a powerful, growth-generating strategy that modernizes employee recognition for today’s social, global, multi-generational and 24×7 wired workforce.

Want a deeper dive? HRO Today just published an excerpt from a later chapter on how Social Recognition impacts HR, specifically through the data and deep talent insights that become available to you. You can read the excerpt, titled “Hidden [...]

Compensation Cafe: A Paycheck Is Not Recognition for a Job Well Done

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! — Psychologically healthy employees require appropriate compensation and praise for their efforts. Are the two in balance in your organization?

At a recent meeting discussing what contributions qualified as eligible for recognition, a meeting participant piped up, “Well, our hourly employees already get overtime pay for going above and beyond, so recognizing them would be [...]


Our “Stickiness” Problem: Retention, Opportunities or Feedback?

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Employees need more opportunities, more regular conversations on performance, and more frequent recognition to overcome retention challenges.

“People just don’t stick around like they used to.”

How often have you heard that phrase in terms of employee retention goals, usually coupled with statements about “there’s just no loyalty anymore.”

History shows that’s just not [...]


3 Benefits of CEO Video Messages for Social Recognition Programs

by Traci Pesch

Recognize This! – Video messages powerfully communicate passion along with important messages, especially when delivered by top executives.

One of the best parts of my job is the creative work I get to do with our customers around change management, communications and training. As I’m sure you can imagine, that encompasses a fairly expansive suite of potential [...]


Lessons from “Best Companies to Work For”

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Great companies are great only because of the people in them.

Yesterday on Compensation Café, I shared three commonalities experienced by companies that appear on Fortune’s “Best Companies to Work For” list:

Better stock performance
Higher retention of top employees
Increased employee energy and engagement

Read the full post “3 Reasons [...]


Employee Appreciation Day Is EVERY Day

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Appreciation is due every day, to everyone.

Today is officially “Employee Appreciation Day” – a day that frustrates me somewhat. The intent of the day is good and valid – remind managers to recognize and appreciate those on their teams. And yet, it more often highlights the sad fact that all too often recognition [...]


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