Derek Irvine

About the Author

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

How to Build a Culture That Has A ROI

How to Build a Culture That Has A ROI

Recognize This! – Successful cultures depend on clearly defined values and aligned, measurable behaviors, both of which are positively influenced through social recognition. Culture can be a tricky thing. The majority of companies have one, whether it is the one they intended to have or not. The intentional versions require active management and the coordination of…

Building A Positive Culture In An Atmosphere of Fear

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Recognize This! – A strategy that includes evidence-based business cases and ground-up moments of positivity can help shift companies away from leaders who manage through fear or pressure. Of the recent webinars that I’ve given and attended, there is almost always the inevitable question from someone in the audience: “how can an organization…

How to Treat Employees Humanely When Times Get Tough

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Tough times often bring some interesting dilemmas for company leadership. I saw an article out recently from Strategy+Business that argued for strategic hiring during a downturn. Particularly interesting is this seeming paradox of investing in one area of the company while other areas are experiencing layoffs. The obvious question, from an employee perspective,…