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

5 Human Truths to Help Make Your Workplace More Human


I had the pleasure and honor of speaking again this year at SHRM’s 2015 annual conference. My topic – The Power of Thanks: Bringing Workplace Gratitude to the Next Level – involved a wide range through the history of humans at work, most of which was hard labor. For the majority of our history…

After Years of 3% Increases, Where Have All the Good Raises Gone?

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Last month, The New York Times published an article bemoaning the loss of pay raises in favor of one-time bonuses and non-monetary rewards. Cited in the article, analyst firm Aon Hewitt calls this a “drastic shift” based on the firm’s annual survey on salaried employee compensation. The share of payroll budgets devoted to straight salary…

Here’s How to Keep Your Best Employees — Without Increasing Pay

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Fortune’s Leadership Insider network runs an interesting series, asking leaders a key question for response. Recently, a question asked to Sarah Kauss, CEO and founder of S’well, asked “How do you keep your best employees?” I encourage you to read her full comments, but three options to keep your best employees other than…