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Workplace Recognition Is Everyone’s Opportunity and Responsibility

Filed under: HUMOR AT WORK,Humor in the Workplace Blog - 31 Aug 2016

Guest Blog courtesy Sarah McVanel, Chief Recognition Officer, Greatness Magnified,

Many people believe recognition is the leader’s job. Well, no wondering it’s not sustainable and most organizations’ recognition scores are through the floor! We’ve worked in industries (e.g., healthcare) …

In Praise of Workplace Praise

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 29 Apr 2015

I know, I know…I’ve said it hundreds of times before, but I’m going to keep saying it because it’s just too darn important – work matters! It’s why you’re getting a paycheck! But work isn’t, hopefully, just about the paycheck. If you want to boost workplace happiness levels (and trust me, you do), lower stress, and drive innovation in your workplace then you need to get serious about recognizing, celebrating and appreciating each other. And at an individual level, if YOU want to feel happier at work, then start recognizing other people more often since genuinely thanking other people has been shown to boost our own level of happiness. Here are some more thoughts on the science of recognition from the book, The Best Place to Work, by Ron Friedman:

Six Employee Recognition Lessons from SNL’s 40th Anniversary Special

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 17 Feb 2015

I grew up on Saturday Night Live. I was thirteen when it first premiered, and it had a huge influence on my comedic sensibilities growing up. So watching Sunday night’s mega-special was not only fun, but hugely nostalgic for me. It was also a good reminder of what great organizations do when it comes to celebrating success and recognizing employees. Here are just a few of the reminders from SNL’s 40th anniversary special:

1. Celebrate your significant milestones. Obviously that was the entire reason for the Saturday Night Live special – to pay tribute to their 40th year on air. So what are you doing to recognize the significant milestones in your organization? Celebrating your anniversary doesn’t just give everyone a reason to feel good, it pays tribute to your heritage and helps keep your stories alive. It can boost pride in your legacy and help your employees remember where you came from.

Employee Recognition, Open Communication Key to This Inspiring Workplace

Filed under: Podcast Series: Humor at Work - 21 Oct 2014

podcastFind out how one inspiring workplace uses creative, fun employee recognition, fun town hall meetings, and, yes, a golden plunger to create a workplace culture where employees care.



Plunge …

The Importance of Trumpeting Success at Work

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 05 Mar 2014

According to the late Renn Zaphiropoulos, the former CEO of the silicon valley high tech company Versatec, “Everybody should have an elephant.”

Trumpeting Success at Work

Filed under: Podcast Series: Humor at Work - 03 Mar 2014

podcast Survey after survey suggests that the number one thing employees want more of in their workplace is recognition. Genuine thanks. To feel appreciated.  Mike talks about the importance …

Workplace Recognition & Celebrating the Elephant in the Room

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 27 Feb 2013

Many conflicts in the workplace arise because people ignore the proverbial elephant in the room.

At the Danish auto parts company The Kjaer Group, it’s rather hard to ignore the elephant in the room because, well, there’s an actual elephant in the room. It’s a large stuffed elephant, and it’s used as a way to pass along praise to a fellow employee who has done something worthy enough to receive the much-coveted, albeit a little silly, “Order of the Elephant.”

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