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 to  become so.

There are many reasons why communication skills are important, but today I point you to my post on Compensation Cafe and a study of 71,000 employees completed by PayScale.

The bottom line – people’s perceptions of the fairness of their pay relative to the market far more dramatically affect their decisions to stay than the reality of their pay. If we simply communicate more clearly and honestly, people are more satisfied with their pay.

Click through to my Compensation Cafe post for a summary of key observations of the full study.

Oracle Employees Say Recognition from Peers Most Powerful Means for Employee Engagement

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Employees are telling us what would engage them more in their work. We simply need to listen.

Want to know how to engage employees? Perhaps the best (and obvious) answer is to ask the employees. Oracle did just that. Results of their survey were recently published in Personnel Today. Here are the key excerpts.


This Is Why We Need More Romance in Business

by Lynette Silva

Recognize This! – Deep, personal connections with others is what makes us human.

How connected are you? No, I mean how really connected are you? To actual people, not Facebook friends or Twitter followers.

I ask because this is a growing and troubling illusion in our ever more hyper-connected state. We’re “always on” and sharing far more […]

Market Basket One Year Later * Relationships Win

by Lynette Silva

Recognize This! – It’s the relationships employees form with each other across silos of rank and role that determine the success of an organization.

Last summer I chronicled the story of the Market Basket revolt (here, here, and here). To summarize, two cousins (both named Arthur, just to keep things interesting) owned the company. Arthur S. DeMoulas […]

Do You Miss Us Yet?

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This!—Alumni employees are increasingly appearing in candidate pools.  Reminding them of the recognition they received for their contributions to meaningful work is powerful to recruit them back into the fold.

Former employees (often called “boomerangs,” but I prefer “alumni”) are joining the applicant pool to return to their prior companies at higher and higher rates.   who […]

Leaving Behind, Moving On

by Lynette Silva

Recognize This! – Too many good employees leave out of boredom. Identifying areas of interest for new career paths can keep top employees engaged and on board.

Last night marked the start of a new era in late night television in the US with Steven Colbert’s debut as the host of “Late Show” on CBS, long the […]

IBM Smarter Workforce Institute: Achieve the Power of Thanks through Multiple Recognition Channels

By Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – We all know the power of social recognition to engage and retain employees, but when employees have multiple channels to share recognition, the benefits grow exponentially.

The IBM Smarter Workforce Institute (SWI) recently released a report showing the importance of using multiple channels for recognition. The report is based on a survey of 19,000 […]

Bersin Says “Thanks” Critical for Employee Engagement

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! — There are many drivers of employee engagement, but feedback, recognition and “thanks” lead the charge.

In my last two posts on Compensation Cafe, I shared important research from IBM Smarter Workforce (more on that later this week) and from Bersin by Deloitte. Both are important, detailed pieces of research and so I will be […]