Why Tracking Employee Recognition Patterns Matters

by Traci Pesch

Recognize This! – We can learn much about the culture of our workplaces, departments and teams just by deliberately observing and interpreting the pattern of positivity.

We have a new joiner on our team (Welcome, Jessica!) who shared with me this terrific article on how one elementary school teacher is tackling the horror of school bullying one child at a time. As a mother, I was of course interested in this article at face value. But as I read deeper into how this teacher battles bullying, I saw so many parallels to the workplace.

Here’s the method:
“Every Friday afternoon, she [the teacher] asks her students to take out a piece of paper and write down the names of four children with whom they’d like to sit the following week. The children know that these requests may or may not be honored. She also asks the students to nominate one student who they believe has been an 
exceptional classroom citizen that week. All ballots are privately submitted to her.

“And every single Friday afternoon, after the students go home, she takes out those slips of paper, places them in front of her, and studies them. 
She [...]

SHRM Lessons: Feedback vs. Attention vs. Gratitude

by Lynette Silva

Recognize This! — There’s much difference between feedback, attention and gratitude. All are real needs, but serving different goals.

In surprising news to no one, this week is the SHRM 2015 conference in Las Vegas. In fact, RecognizeThis! founder Derek Irvine (and VP of Client Strategy & Consulting for Globoforce) is speaking there today at 11:30 (for [...]


Captain Obvious: Good Bosses Talk with People

by Lynette Silva

Recognize This! – Not recognizing employee achievements is the top communication issue preventing effective leadership.

Confession time. I like commercials. Well, I like good, engaging, funny or emotional commercials. I cry every time I see that Folgers commercial with the soldier coming home for Christmas. And I actually replay the new UnitedHealthcare commercial of the couple trying [...]


Compensation Cafe: Keeping Top Employees in an Era of Disappearing Raises

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! — Frequent, timely and appropriately calibrated awards can be a more effective means of rewarding employees fairly than mediocre merit increase budgets.

Without directly intending it, my last two posts on Compensation Cafe addressed how to keep and reward your top performers in a compensation world where raises seem to be disappearing.

In “Where Have [...]


What’s the Opposite of Saying “Thanks?”

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Deep, meaningful connections are created when we become vulnerable to express our appreciation to others and humbly receive it, too.

We are returned from WorkHuman inspired, invigorated, and energized for developing this movement to create and support workplaces where we can bring our whole selves to work, support each other in achieving our best [...]


Let’s WorkHuman Together

by Lynette Silva

Recognize This! –WorkHuman isn’t an event. It’s an idea, an action, a movement, a result.

I’m back in the office after spending the week at our inaugural WorkHuman event. I am very much on a conference high, deeply influenced and affected by everything we learned about how – together – we can be happier, healthier, [...]


Why We Need Emotional Workers

by Lynette Silva

Recognize This! – The fullness of our messy selves is what fuels our creativity, passion and success. Finding ways to encourage and accommodate emotion at work benefits us all.

I’m a sucker for Pixar movies. Sure, the animations and graphics are amazing, but the stories are the real heart of the movies. Layered and nuanced, Pixar movies [...]


3 Attributes of a WorkHuman Culture

by Derek Irvine

Recognize This! – Every workplace has a culture for good or ill. Creating a WorkHuman culture requires transparency, resources and evolution over time.

One of my go-to blogs for continual learning in HR is Sharlyn Lauby’s HR Bartender. In particular, her post today on corporate culture resonated deeply with me as I’m in final preparations for WorkHuman [...]