Growth Starts with Working Human

By Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Growth within a human workplace combines traditional learning opportunities with the recognition of a challenge- and fun-oriented mindset.

In today’s post, I wanted to revisit a set of findings from the 2016 WorkHuman Research Institute ROI of Recognition survey. As we explored the sets of practices that contribute to a more human and caring workplace, a concept emerged that emphasized the importance of growth and development.

In particular, I was thinking about this concept as I read through a recent post from Bersin by Deloitte on scaling a culture of continuous learning. Two parallels are of note. First, like continuous learning, growth within a human workplace requires a different mindset and approach to learning and development activities. Second, both of these forms of development need to be deeply embedded within the cultural fabric of the organization, practiced on a daily rather than intermittent basis.

Let’s dig deeper into each of these in turn.

Our concept of growth within a human workplace builds upon traditional approaches to learning and development. As our own research has found, there needs to be a foundation of learning activities. For example, employees that perceived “opportunities to grow and learn […]

Compensation Cafe: It’s All About Finding Balance

By Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Work styles and culture are more effective when they can each offer something unique, rather than being in full alignment.

Some interesting dynamics can be found in the ways that executive leadership styles and culture interact to influence firm performance.  In fact, there are two diametrically opposed ideas on the issue. One suggests that […]

3 Ways to Make Work More Human

by Lynette Silva

Recognize This! – Regardless of industry or company size, all employees need authenticity, mindfulness and recognition.

Why do we WorkHuman? Simple – how else could we possibly work? We are human, after all. And yet, our workplaces or work experiences often aren’t structured to honor, support or encourage the very humanity we bring to the office.


Adiona: Making Employee Recognition Mobile, Social, and Global

By Derek Irvine

Recognize This! — Social recognition is well suited to enable business success in response to growing trends in globalization, social networking, and mobile technology.

The modern organization has been drastically transformed in recent years by the confluence of three major trends, each of which has had a large impact on how employees expect to interact with one […]

How to Build a Successful Culture

By Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Successful cultures depend on clearly defined values and aligned, measurable behaviors, both of which are positively influenced through social recognition.

Culture can be a tricky thing. The majority of companies have one, whether it is the one they intended to have or not. The intentional versions require active management and the coordination of several moving parts […]

What are your Core Projects?

By Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Core projects can lead to greater happiness and achievement, especially when they are encouraged by the organization and aligned to core values.

Recently, more and more attention is being paid to the notion of happiness at work. Once considered too soft, a growing body of evidence from WorkHuman speakers, our own research and from […]

Recognize Effectiveness and Minimize Bureaucracy

By Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – New mindsets that emphasize and recognize effectiveness over effort are needed to replace increasing bureaucracy.

Organizations are becoming flatter and more flexible, at least according to conventional wisdom.

But in a recent article in Harvard Business Review, Gary Hamel points to data that suggests exactly the opposite: bureaucracy is growing rather than shrinking. Much […]

To Change Culture, Follow These 4 Steps

By Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Culture change can be difficult, but reinforcing and recognizing core behaviors provides small victories that ultimately lead to positive change for the entire company.

If you want to start an interesting debate in the office, ask a couple of people this question: “Do you think organizational culture can be changed?”

You’ll get quite a […]

3 Ideas for More Generosity at Work

By Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – A culture of generosity is one aspect of a more human workplace that is a natural fit, but also needs to be curated.

There are many different ways that organizations can become more human, evidenced by the sheer diversity of ideas across our WorkHuman speakers and thinkers, as well as our own research. One […]