Top 17 Blog Posts of 2017

December 27, 2017 Emily Payne


2017 has been a rollercoaster, to say the least.

As we look ahead to 2018, Globoforce is excited to continue important conversations and lead organizations through better employee recognition and engagement programs. We hope our historic panel at WorkHuman 2018 on equality and harassment in the workplace will inspire change and continued improvement toward a more human workplace for all.

But before we ring in the New Year and welcome a fresh start, we wanted to take a moment to highlight the top 17 most popular posts on the Globoforce blog in 2017.

We’re fortunate that many of these were written by expert contributors such as Mary Faulkner, Cy Wakeman, and Laurie Ruettimann. Six of our top posts focused on healthy leadership in the workplace, from bringing mindfulness and humanity back into leadership roles to improving manager check-ins and how to cope with a bad leader.

Continuing this theme, our most popular post of 2017 was an incredible Q&A with author Susan Cain, who talked with us about recognizing quiet leaders in the workplace — an important topic that’s often overlooked.

Thank you to all our readers for your continued support of the Globoforce blog and involvement in making a more human workplace, everywhere. We hope you enjoy this compilation of top reads and take their insights with you into 2018.

Happy New Year from the Globoforce family!

  1. Top 6 Megatrends Changing the Face of HR and Business

How are leading companies shifting their focus when it comes to HR and the overall employee experience? Which traditional HR practices are falling by the wayside and what is taking their place? Managing Editor Sarah Payne gathered insights from Globoforce’s WorkHuman Executive Forums which illustrate a shift to more human-centric approaches to work.

  1. 5 Traits of a Mindful Leader

WorkHuman speaker Pandit Dasa says mindful leadership is about leading without ego and putting the interest of others before ourselves. To become a more mindful leader, he outlines five traits to focus on: leading by example, appreciation and recognition, leading with humility, communicating with compassion, and balanced emotions.

  1. Reclaim Your Humanity as a Leader

“It’s not easy being a leader these days. We have four generations – soon to be five – in the workforce … each generation has its own peculiarities when it comes to attitudes about work and work’s place in a well-lived life.” China Gorman writes that the foundation of leadership today is about being human – relating to employees as humans rather than direct reports.

  1. Adam Grant’s Tips for Hiring and Developing Original Thinkers

Lots of companies say they want to be innovative within their industry. But are you taking the right steps in hiring, developing, and recognizing the next generation of original thinkers? In our chat with Adam Grant, we discuss procrastination, combatting groupthink, and hiring for cultural contribution as opposed to cultural fit.

  1. Empowerment … You Keep Using That Word

“Empowerment” doesn’t seem to mean what these organizations think it means. Even if your organization is saying the right things, it might not be following through to doing the right things, and engaging with employees. Guest blogger and WorkHuman speaker Mary Faulkner shares four tips for building more empowerment into your organization.

  1. 3 Ways to Improve Manager Check-Ins

Even if your company isn’t planning on ditching the annual review anytime soon, there are steps you can take to improve the way your organization approaches employee development and growth. From building psychological safety to asking questions that get at employees’ purpose, take these three steps to improve manager check-ins.

  1. 5 Ways to Create a Work Experience The Mirrors Your Best Customer Experience

“Job candidates and employees expect their workplace experience to resemble their experience with Amazon, Apple, or Netflix,” writes Jeanne Meister, “And they have the power to provide instant feedback on their workplace experience.” To prepare for the future workplace and workforce, Jeanne shares five tips for HR leaders.

  1. Stuck with a Bad Leader? Success is Still in Your Control

Conventional HR practices are rarely based in psychology, or the human condition. Moving from a therapist to a leadership role in a major medical system, Cy Wakeman decided to lead her team differently. She shares that your stress, especially at work, doesn’t come from your reality, but from the story you make up about your reality.

  1. Say Goodbye to the Annual Bonus

There was a lot of talk in 2017 about the end of the annual performance review. However, few offered a real solution to the compensation piece of the annual review. Globoforce CEO Eric Mosley shows the flaws of the annual bonus and how crowdsourced rewards can lift engagement throughout the year – using the same investment.

  1. The Proven Links Between Retention and Employee Experience

Employee retention was the #1 challenge on the  SHRM/Globoforce Employee Recognition Survey, which was sent to nearly 800 HR professionals. Based on these findings, Globoforce outlines how to capture the core facets of a positive employee experience, and how this can boost retention in your organization.

  1. My Job Could Have Been Great

“As a recruiter, my job was to fill open requisitions. When my HR department became a revolving door for talent, it was a sign that the culture was broken,” says Laurie Ruettimann. Now the founder and CEO of GlitchPath, Laurie shares a story of how lack of ongoing conversations and feedback caused her to leave her job.

  1. Former First Lady Michelle Obama Will Join Globoforce’s WorkHuman 2017 Conference

At Globoforce, we were thrilled to have Michelle Obama join Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chaz Bono, Susan Cain, and Adam Grant at WorkHuman 2017 in Phoenix, Ariz. Ms. Obama discussed authenticity and inclusion — emphasizing that these ideas aren’t about big change, and they need to start small.

  1. 10 Tips for Modernizing Employee Recognition and Awards

Are you interested in implementing a centralized recognition and rewards program, but unsure where to begin? A Gartner report, “Recognition and Rewards Software: What You Need to Know,” is a must read if you want to modernize your organization’s approach to recognition and rewards. Globoforce highlighted the top 10 key takeaways from the report.

  1. 6 Lessons Learned at WorkHuman 2017

More than 1,600 HR leaders gathered in Phoenix to learn how social recognition, connection, and appreciation create a more human work culture at the WorkHuman 2017 conference. Sarah Payne highlighted the key takeaways from the lineup of speakers which included Eric Mosley, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, Michelle Obama, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Chaz Bono.

  1. Survey: 93% of Managers Need Training on Coaching Employees

No matter how much you invest in human workplace practices, much of an individual’s experience at work is directly shaped by their manager. It turns out, the majority of managers need training in this vital role. In the fifth finding from the  SHRM/Globoforce Employee Recognition Survey, we include advice on making that shift from boss to coach.

  1. You Can’t Ignore Business Ethics and Social Responsibility in 2017

How do you reinforce ethical behaviors across your company? Why do people at some companies end up making more unethical decisions than others? What is an example of an ethical business dilemma? We chat with Laura Hartman, clinical professor of business ethics at Boston University and director of the Susilo Institute for Ethics in the Global Economy.

  1. How to Recognize Quiet Leaders: Susan Cain Q&A

Research shows that introverted leaders, in some cases, are actually more effective in inspiring and motivating people. Susan Cain talks about what it means to be an introvert, the qualities that make introverts exceptional leaders, and the best ways to recognize and reward the introverts on your team. Read part two of the interview and listen to the podcast here.

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