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 calling more attention to them here.

First up, Josh Bersin authored the research piece “Becoming irresistible: A new model for employee engagement,” which appeared in Issue 16 of the Deloitte Review. This is the new model based on deep research and analysis of organizations across industries:

In Becoming Irresistible, Bersin says about recognition:
“A second key engagement driver is the need for continuous and ongoing recognition. As soft as it seems, saying “thank you” is an extraordinary tool to building an engaged team. We studied this topic and found that “high-recognition companies” have 31 percent lower voluntary turnover than companies with poor recognition cultures.36 These companies build a culture of recognition through social reward systems (tools that give people points or kudos to reward to others), weekly or monthly thank-you activities, and a general culture of appreciating everyone from top to bottom. The key to success [...]

WorkHuman Wednesday: 4 Reasons You Should Nap on the Job

by Lynette Silva

Recognize This!—Napping during the workday makes employees more alert, innovative, and happy—making your company more profitable.

Following on Derek’s post yesterday about renewing energy at work, I couldn’t resist sharing more on napping (and not just because my husband says napping is my favorite hobby).

August is National Napping Month, surely a bizarre unofficial holiday, [...]


Can You Confidently Answer the 4 Basic Performance Management Questions?

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! — Wanting to know we’re doing the right things at work is at the heart of performance management – and that’s a good thing.

With the recent news around Accenture and GE replacing their traditional performance review process with more frequent, timely feedback from multiple sources, it seemed Kismet when Eric Mosley, CEO of Globoforce, [...]


WorkHuman Wednesday: Rethink Internal Company Networking to Make Friends and Propel your Career

by Traci Pesch

Recognize This! – Rubbing elbows with management at company outings might not get you as far as making friends with your coworkers.

Summer is the season for company outings. A company-wide trip to the amusement park or a community service event. These outings are meant to create bonds with colleagues who usually don’t have the time or [...]


What GE, Accenture, Adobe and Microsoft Have in Common

by Lynette Silva

Recognize This! – More and more companies are turning a critical eye on the traditional annual performance review process as the primary means for employee feedback.

This month, Derek Irvine (our chief blogger here on Recognize This!) wrote a couple of posts on Compensation Café about decoupling pay from the performance review process. Drawing from the news [...]


A Master Class in Recognition Messages from The Daily Show

by Lynette Silva

Recognize This! – Great messages of recognition require details about the meaningful and long-lasting impact the recipient has had on the giver.

Though I usually catch it in replays, The Daily Show is one of my favorite TV shows. I appreciate how it consistently captures the news of the moment, often tackling very uncomfortable subjects with humor, [...]


2 Critical Budget Considerations for Employee Social Recognition Programs

By Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Budgets must be appropriately established to reach all employees in a differentiated and calibrated way.

“How should I structure an employee recognition program that will have the kind of impact I’m seeking?”

That has to be one of the most common questions I hear when discussing strategy for a social recognition approach that drives [...]


WorkHuman Wednesday * Thermostat Wars: How to Stop Freezing Productivity and Bringing Workers to a Boil

by Lynette Silva

Recognize This! – Office climate control has a great deal to do with productivity, happiness, and how we WorkHuman.

Have you ever walked into a company and noticed that the person in the front desk is hunched over, wearing three sweaters, and greets you with an ice-cold handshake – in August? According to a 2009 study, employees’ [...]


WorkHuman Wednesday: Catch Someone Doing Something Good

by Traci Pesch

Recognize This! – We all have the power to foster positivity through simple acts of praise and appreciation.

I’ve just returned from a whirlwind vacation with many wonderful new memories created with my family. Vacations are ideal for the opportunity to refresh, rejuvenate and reconnect on a deep and meaningful level with those we love the most. [...]


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