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Who are you?
As Globoforce’s Vice President of Global Marketing & Client Strategy, Derek is a seasoned, internationally minded management professional with over 20 years of experience working across a diverse range of industries. During his career he has lived in many countries from Spain, France, Ireland, Canada, Sweden, UK and the USA. In his role as a thought leader at Globoforce, Derek helps clients set a higher ambition for global strategic employee recognition, leading consultative workshops and strategy setting meetings with such global organizations as Avnet, P&G, Dow Chemical, Intel, Intuit, KPMG and Reuters. An authority on the topics of employee engagement and recognition, he has been a guest speaker at worldwide industry and professional group conferences, most recently at the Practically Engaging Employees seminar in London. Derek also heads up the product development and rewards teams at Globoforce, building a product that is industry leading, with a rewards portfolio that is now the most global and largest rewards selection in the industry today.

While previously working with a top five leading management consultancy firm PA Consulting Group, he advised clients in corporate strategy, organizational behavior, marketing and corporate communications. Derek has also worked in consumer marketing for many years, working on the world-class brands of Johnson & Johnson and Jameson. Derek holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a Master of International Business Studies degree from University College Dublin.

Recognition Philosophy: “Frequently and appropriately recognize your employees’ every day accomplishments and you will be rewarded with a loyal, hard working and over-performing team.”
What is your interest or involvement in employee engagement?
I'm in the thank you business. Our programs for global strategic recognition drive increased employee engagement by fostering cultures of appreciation that cross position, division and geographic borders.
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Derek Irvine's Blog

The Purpose of Employee Engagement

Recognize This! – Communicating “purpose” of the work is critical to employee decisions to engage more deeply.

I’ve been writing and speaking about the importance of employee engagement for well over a decade, now – years before engagement became the commonplace term it is today. Like you, in this last decade I’ve read countless research reports, news articles, blog posts, case studies, etc.,…


Posted on July 9, 2013 at 7:33am

The Confluence of Happiness and Performance = Engagement

Recognize This! – Balancing employee happiness and performance is critical to long-term, sustainable employee engagement and impact.

Earlier this…


Posted on June 12, 2013 at 10:26am

3 Ways Employee Engagement Surveys Fail

Recognize This! – Don’t bother to survey employees on their engagement unless you’re willing to invest time and money to resolve difficult, deep, cultural challenges their answers may bring to light.

Sometimes, we need to air our HR dirty laundry. Let’s bring into the light of day how surveys are traditionally conducted and…


Posted on May 23, 2013 at 11:19am

3 Lessons for Employee Engagement through Recognition from XL Axiata

Recognize This! – Learning from others’ success can enhance our own efforts for engagement.

I enjoy Abhishek Mittal’s…


Posted on May 1, 2013 at 11:55am

Perform 4% Better than S&P – Engage Your Employees

Recognize This! – Companies that treat employees well outperform the S&P Index.

Creating a work environment in which employees choose to engage directly impacts the bottom line. Companies who treat employees well have returns at least 4% better than the S&P Index, year after year.

That’s a bold statement to…


Posted on April 22, 2013 at 10:15am

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At 10:35am on June 1, 2012, David Zinger said…

Hi Derek:

I am never sure where you are but did see you in Dublin!

I am going to be in Boston next week. I am inviting any members from the network to join me for an informal meet-up, drink, and conversation on employee engagement. If you can make it, we will be meeting Monday June 4 from 4:30 to 6:00.

The location is Warren Tavern Bar and Restaurant 2 Pleasant Street Charlestown MA 02129 Phone 617 241-8142 Near Beacon Hill

I look forward to seeing anyone who can make it and you are free to pass this on.

David Zinger -Employee Engagement Network Founder and Host

At 3:30pm on June 7, 2011, David Zinger said…

Hi Derek:

I will be in Dublin and I am inviting members from the network to join me for a drink and conversation. Let me know if you can make it.


Dublin Meet Up Monday June 20 from 3:30 to 6:00 PM. Porterhouse Temple Bar 16-18 Parliament Street, 2,  RSVP David Zinger



At 5:11pm on May 21, 2009, Anja Schuetz said…
Hi Derek,
I have a google alert for "recognition" and your name just came up in a Globoforce press release - I thought, didn't I see the same name here? Yes I did! :)

You are partly in IE and US? Very interesting. You must be an expert on the cultural differences!

Would love to talk about this at some point if possible, as I'm really curious how much of "the American way" you can take over and apply in Europe.

Greetings to Dublin, I've lived there for a while 10 years ago :)
At 11:53am on February 12, 2009, Peter Hart said…
Aha... so you are the one other person reading it! LOL Have a great day!
At 10:10am on February 8, 2009, Peter Hart said…
Hi Derek! Welcome to the Employee Recognition Group! I enjoy reading your blog and hope can meet at the RPI conference in Naples! I'll tell you all about the four great years I lived in Ireland! Have a great day! peter
At 8:39pm on April 8, 2008, Tim Wright said…
Derek -

I still promise I will visit and read your blog. Until then, I'm curious about the "culture of appreciation" phrase.

Welcome to the Network.

At 11:24am on April 2, 2008, David Zinger said…
It is nice to have you on the network and I appreciate you adding your perspective and ideas. You are indeed a force in Globoforce.
At 10:56pm on March 27, 2008, Terrence Seamon said…
Welcome! With your interest in fostering culture change, you might enjoy joining the Manager Tools for EE group. Feel free to join in the conversations or start some of your own.
At 2:27pm on March 27, 2008, David Zinger said…
Hi Derek:
It has been a while since our webinar. It is a pleasure to see you joined us. I look forward to your input and enjoyed the time spent with you and Andy Parsley last year.


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