The Next Big HR Trend? Maybe It Should Be More Employee Recognition

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I was in Berlin last week, chairing day one of a HR conference on employee engagement.

The quality of presentations were truly exceptional, with a wide variety of insights as HR peers shared their projects on various engagement fronts.

We heard lots of ambitions, including:

  • Adidas – project to improve engagement scores;
  • BP – embedding a new set of corporate values;
  • Kimberly Clarke – aiming to move further up the Best Places to Work List;
  • Electrolux – becoming a Social Enterprise (online collaboration and all);
  • Best Places To Work Institute themselves on how engagement will just be an “employment norm” by 2020;

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 company culture. As the Vice President of Client Strategy and Consulting at Globoforce, Derek helps clients — including some of world’s most admired companies such as Proctor and Gamble, Intuit, KPMG, and Thomson Reuters — leverage recognition strategies and best practices to better manage company culture, elevate employee engagement, increase retention, and improve the bottom line. He's also a renowned speaker and co-author of Winning with a Culture of Recognition. Contact him at


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