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Recognition Done Right

The Incredible Power of a Personal Thank You

  TD Canada gets it. They recently surprised folks with their talking ATM (Automated Thanking Machine, in this case) that handed out thank you messages and gifts to a few of their long-time customers. What makes these gifts so amazing isn’t just their size. (Some … Read full posting »

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How Good Recognition is Never a Popularity Contest

Once in a while I am approached by a wild-eyed reader in the grips of a terrible fear—a fear that social recognition will turn their company into a mutual admiration society or a high school popularity contest and devolve into some sort of playground ‘sharks … Read full posting »

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7 Quick Tips for Writing Great Recognition

Most everyone knows that writing recognition can be a powerful way to motivate employees. We understand that it drives engagement and affective commitment to a company and that it reinforces relationships with givers of recognition and those who add congratulations. But knowing recognition is a … Read full posting »

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5 Recognition Moments that Changed History

“Employees should be happy they are employed.” “Why should I have to thank someone for doing their job?” “Praise makes no difference.” These are some of the sad excuses leaders sometimes make for not recognizing, encouraging and appreciating their employees enough. As crazy as it … Read full posting »

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Globoforce is a Best Place to Work

We spend a lot of time talking about what makes a company a Best Place to Work, and giving advice on how you can turn your organization into one. So, for those who might have wondered if we at Globoforce practice what we preach—today we … Read full posting »

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What Barbra Streisand Can Teach Us About Employee Engagement

There’s an interesting scientific principle called the Streisand Effect. The term was originally coined to describe the effects of trying to censor information on the Internet, but it has also taken on a more general meaning about unintended consequences of our actions. In simple terms, … Read full posting »

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101 Effective Words to Use in Recognition

I have an ongoing love affair with words. This earns me a fair amount of teasing from my co-workers, because in my effort to choose just the right word, I often grab a 10 cent word or something arcane that no one has used in … Read full posting »

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Thank You for Not Quitting: 5 Pitfalls to Avoid in Years of Service Programs

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: You work for a company for 10 years. On your work anniversary, your boss awkwardly pulls you aside and hands over a certificate of thanks and a catalog. Pick out a gift for your loyalty and longevity, she … Read full posting »

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How Written Words Drive Behavior

  Which mode of positive feedback do you think is most powerful in influencing behavior… a face-to-face interaction, or the written word? Would it surprise you to know that the written word actually holds more power to affect how we think and act? Words matter. … Read full posting »

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The Carrot and the Cupcake: Why Motivation is not Recognition

  Try not to be too jealous, but I have cupcakes. Delicious triple chocolate cupcakes with white chocolate frosting and sprinkles. I got them as a recognition reward. You see, my sister lives in the apartment downstairs from me, and she’s a lawyer. When work … Read full posting »

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