Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015

December 30, 2015 Sarah Payne

As you may have noticed on our social channels, these past couple of weeks we’ve been taking a look back at our most popular blog posts from the past year. From work-life balance and mindfulness to social capital and The Power of Thanks, we explored the many facets of the human workplace. More than ever before, 2015 showed us how important purpose, appreciation, and respect is for employee well being and business success—and how social recognition can help get us there.

10. 10 New Studies on the Benefits of GratitudePumpkins

First on the list is our Thanksgiving post that summarizes new research on gratitude published over the past year. Did you know that gratitude can reduce turnover intention, foster employees’ organizational commitment, and help eliminate toxic work emotions? Read more about this core human need and its powerful impact in the workplace.

9. Connecting People: How Cisco Used Social Recognition to Transform Its Culture

We often share research on the benefits of social recognition on this blog. This Q&A with Claire Gray, senior director of global compensation at Cisco Systems, gives a real world example of social recognition at work in a large, global company—including results of the program, its impact on culture, and how the program will evolve to meet new business needs.

8. Recognizing Across Cultures: ScandinaviaView of Scandinavia

Continuing our Recognizing Across Cultures series, we take a deep dive into the Scandinavian countries—Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, as well as their Nordic cousins Finland and Iceland. We take a look at Scandinavian business culture, why recognition matters in Scandinavia, and tips for recognizing Nordic employees more effectively.

7. Boundary Theory, Work/Life Balance and Mindfulness

Study after study has shown that in this world where so many of us are tethered 24/7 to our work email—working from home, taking our work home, or sleeping with our phones—a lot of us are failing at maintaining a healthy work-life balance. This post covers one solution to this problem—incorporating more mindfulness into the workplace.

6. Witnessing the Beginning of a MovementTeaching the future of work

In this post we summarize the success of our inaugural WorkHuman conference last June—featuring keynote speakers Arianna Huffington, Shawn Achor, Adam Grant, and Rob Lowe. Hundreds of HR and business leaders joined us for 3 days to discuss the future of work, and how we can bring more happiness, appreciation, respect, and recognition to our workplaces.

5. What It Really Means to Humanize Work

Tim Leberecht, WorkHuman 2015 speaker and author of The Business Romantic, covers some of the major themes from WorkHuman, including work-life integration, purpose, workplace experience, happiness, and meaning. In his post, Tim draws on research from Brigid Schulte, Adam Grant, Tania Luna, and Robert Emmons.

4. A Blueprint for a More Human WorkplaceThe power of thanks book cover

Earlier this year, Eric Mosley and Derek Irvine released their newest book, The Power of Thanks. In it, they share how leading companies like Intuit, JetBlue, IHG, Symantec, and The Hershey Company empower employees through social recognition. Using these and more real-world success stories, The Power of Thanks provides a guide for building a more engaged, energized workforce.

3. Social Capital: What It Is & Why Your Employees Need It

Social capital is crucial to fostering inventive and resourceful employees, impacting our sense of belonging, proactivity, feelings of trust and safety, participation, and more. This post covers how you can use technology to build more social capital and empower your employees.

2. Micro-Interview with Author Dan Pink

As part of our “Three Questions” series, we sat down with bestselling author Dan Pink to talk about the connection between the human workplace and recognition and motivation. His most recent book, To Sell is Human, draws on a rich trove of social science to reveal the new ABCs of moving others and new rules for understanding other people’s perspectives.

1. Rob Lowe Is Coming to WorkHuman 2015. Here’s Why.Speaker Rob Lowe

Our most popular blog post of 2015 was the announcement that Rob Lowe would be a keynote speaker at WorkHuman 2015. Did you know Rob is an New York Times bestselling author of two essay collections? He shares some amazing observations on the topics of mentoring, risk-taking, and teamwork. Read the post to learn more about why we invited him to WorkHuman 2015.

Thank you to our blog readers for your continued support of our blog this year. Stay tuned for more content on reward and recognition, engagement, and the human workplace as we kick off 2016.




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