The power of thanks Derek Irvine, senior vice president client strategy and consulting at Workhuman

After the past three tricky years coping with Covid-19 and hybrid and remote working, businesses have had a lot to deal with. One thing they can do to shape the future of work and redefine their company culture is by using recognition.

By using recognition as a tool, businesses can ensure that employees are happy and engaged and in turn, will stay for the long term. One of the world’s foremost experts on employee recognition and engagement is Derek Irvine, a senior vice president at Irish tech unicorn Workhuman.

Derek talks to Ronan about his background, how organisations can use recognition to shape the future of work, lack of trust and more.

More about Derek Irvine:

As senior vice president, client strategy and consulting at Workhuman, Derek helps clients – including some of the world’s most admired companies – leverage proven recognition strategies and best practices to elevate employee engagement, increase retention, and improve bottom-line results.

While he currently leads the company’s strategy & consulting services division, Derek oversaw the company’s global marketing and rewards functions from 2000 to 2010, growing Workhuman from a start-up to the Unicorn organisation it is today.

Derek is one of the world’s foremost experts on employee recognition and engagement and continuous performance management, helping business leaders set a higher vision and ambition for their company culture. As a renowned speaker and co-author of three books – “Making Work Human,” “Winning with a Culture of Recognition” and “The Power of Thanks” – he teaches HR leaders how to use recognition to proactively manage company culture.

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