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.

During the last two weeks, I’ve had the honor and privilege of hosting several WorkHuman Regional Forums across the United States (check out workhuman.com for additional locations and dates throughout the year). The conversation and collaborative learning in these sessions has been enlightening in many ways.

Three recurring themes I’ve seen throughout the conversations in the three local WorkHuman communities to date are:

Authenticity and vulnerability – As Amy Cuddy says, when we are comfortable being our true, authentic selves, we can also be more open and vulnerable with those around us. When we feel safe enough to be authentic, we can bring our whole human selves to work.
Mindfulness and time to pause – Our days are often hectic, dashing between meetings, projects, and priorities. We need time to pause, reflect and process on what […]

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 […]


Compensation Cafe: How to Spread Innovation

By Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Innovations that spread quickly share an element of face-to-face diffusion, a process that can be amplified through human-centered technology and practices.

Not all innovations are created equal. Some good ideas take their time to spread, even within a single company, while other ideas are adopted at lightning speed across companies and even industries. Figuring […]


Be the Colleague People Want to Work With

by Lynette Silva

Recognize This! – As humans, we all bring different personality tendencies to our teams. We can choose how to amplify those that contribute to the greater good.

Relationships. We all have them. Relationships with others are a condition of being human. From superficial to very deep connections, we cannot navigate this life without deep relationships with […]