By Derek Irvine
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 another. Global boundaries have disappeared, social connectivity has become easier, and mobile technologies have enabled both greater freedom and access.
In an article in the July issue of Adiona Magazine, I analyze the impact that these trends have had on the workplace. It’s an important issue, especially as businesses face stiffer competition for top talent and look to sustain their competitive advantage.
One of the ways in which companies can successfully navigate these trends is through social recognition. A social recognition solution can balances the flexibility desired by a dynamic workforce with a consistent “one company, one culture” framework that improves efficiency and effectiveness.
Here are just a few excerpts from the larger article that help to illustrate that point:
“Thinking globally and acting locally is necessary… [but] it takes the right technology and the right global knowledge to work.” When these two things are in place, recognition can resonate across the world, as boundryless and as fast as the work that is being recognized, and aligned to a single set of shared core values.
As the workplace becomes more social, “recognition reinforces the attitudes that facilitate cooperative work… and encourage all to contribute.” And much like social networks, recognition can provide a timeline of all employees’ contributions and provide data to uncover pockets of excellence and hidden patterns of performance.
Finally, as employees are increasingly on the move, they “need the power to recognize and receive appreciation on the go, [which is] key to ensuring an engaged and motivated workforce.”
Companies that effectively leverage these practices will be well-positioned to compete in today’s business environment and better prepared to leverage their workforce to adapt to future changes.
How has your company used recognition to respond to the changing world of work?
About Derek Irvine
The VP of Client Strategy and Consulting at Globoforce, Derek Irvine is one of the world’s foremost experts on employee recognition and engagement, helping business leaders set a higher vision and ambition for their organizations. As a renowned speaker and co-author of "The Power of Thanks" and "Winning with a Culture of Recognition," he teaches companies how to use recognition to proactively manage company culture. Derek holds a B.Comm and Masters of Business Studies from the Smurfit Graduate Business School at University College Dublin.