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Roy Saunderson replied to David Zinger's discussion Flushed with Engagement
"Just this afternoon I discover that Charmin toilet paper producer actually has an app called Sit of Squat where you can rate public washrooms. Who'da thunk it?"
Oct 4, 2013
Jake Richardson commented on Roy Saunderson's blog post Flushing Engagement Down the Pan
"It's a very interesting point. Big emotion associated with bad smells, lol...not positive ones either."
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Roy Saunderson replied to David Zinger's discussion Flushed with Engagement
"Anything that elevates sounds good to me Ganesh! Have you ever tried the experiment of boarding an elevator and then stay facing the direction with how you entered - in other words, face everyone else who sheepishly turned around to face the door? I…"
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Alex Somos commented on Roy Saunderson's blog post Flushing Engagement Down the Pan
"I believe that informal markers like this post and some of the responses are in the moment and represent the "heart beat" of engagement. I personally use how energized people look as my "heartbeat" marker. I look for people to…"
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Roy Saunderson replied to David Zinger's discussion Flushed with Engagement
"Love the grounds for engagement example as an outside, first impression indicator of what you hope is also going on inside."
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Roy Saunderson replied to David Zinger's discussion Flushed with Engagement
"Good or bad tmany hings spread!"
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Roy Saunderson replied to David Zinger's discussion Flushed with Engagement
"I love the employee ownership in this...hope that includes everyone no matter the title :)"
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Who are you?
Author of "GIVING the Real Recognition Way" I am president and founder of the Recognition Management Institute a recognition consulting and training company focused on showing leaders how to give "Real Recognition(tm) for Real Results". I like to help organizations get more strategic about their recognition practices and to assist them in focusing on people and principles versus just recognition programs.
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Flushing Engagement Down the Pan

Here’s a new way to measure employee engagement. Visit the restroom.

What do you think of each time you visit your washroom/ restroom/ or toilet at work?

I know whenever I enter a restaurant’s facilities I am always evaluating the cleanliness, smell and availability of soap, paper towels or…


Posted on September 25, 2013 at 3:44pm — 5 Comments

No Orange Veggies or Broken Off Parts of Trees

If motivation is an inside job, how come we keep making it complicated by trying to use orange veggies and broken off parts of trees? 

You know what I mean…we sometimes try to use carrots and sticks to make people do things they didn’t want to do in the first place.

What a novel idea if we…


Posted on July 5, 2013 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Don’t Treat Your Recognition Program Like a Hammer

"If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail."Abraham Maslow

Some companies think of recognition programs as a hammer.

A hammer is a tool consisting of a…


Posted on December 14, 2012 at 10:49am

Saint Nicholas Shows Us What Giving Is Really All About

For those with any Dutch ancestry in your blood, as my wife’s family has, you’ll know today is Sinterklass or Saint Nicholas and he brings presents and treats for children. For the Dutch this happens on December 5, especially in the Netherlands, and on December 6 in Belgium where it is regarded…


Posted on December 5, 2012 at 11:25am — 2 Comments

Behaviors: What Goes Up Must Come Down

People often tell me it’s hard to measure recognition.

They talk about interpersonal skills being so soft to do and very hard to measure.

Behaviors, in reality, are quite simple to measure. They either happen or they don’t.

You can use a binary…


Posted on November 7, 2012 at 10:53am

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At 12:16pm on August 29, 2013, Jake Richardson said…

Thanks. Where can I put a link to the Knowledge base?


At 3:08pm on March 22, 2012, John Junson said…

Thanks, Roy! Sometimes coming up with cartoon ideas is a battle, but I'll never be mistaken for Gerard Butler in the movie "300"

At 10:15am on August 28, 2009, Steven Green said…
Hey Roy,

I'll try to get some good content up if I can get enought time away from your Rideau partners ;-) We've been spending a lot of time together on the road trying to change the world. Seems like our message is taking root.

I hope to be out in MTL this fall to visit with everyone.

Be well,

At 10:05am on August 28, 2009, Rick Clarke said…
Hi Roy,

I'm taking the CRP courses on Monday & Tuesday and very interested in the ROIof recognition programs aspect. Looks like you are on Tuesday so I won't be able to attend. :(
At 9:52am on August 28, 2009, Rick Clarke said…
Hi Roy,

Yes, too long. I will be at the show in Chicago and hopefully we can connect then. Picture was on the boat going out the the Great Barrier Reef. Brings back fond memories of a great vacation.
Looking forward to working the site.
At 10:45am on May 19, 2009, Anja Schuetz said…
Hi Roy,
good reply to my post and well done for sticking with the pizza metaphor :) It inspired me to take that metaphor even further, let's see!

It would have been lovely to be introduced in Naples! I didn't attend the conference, only the seminars. I thought I could sneak in and catch your presentation, but I was too late on Wednesday...

Maybe your travels take you to Holland some time, then we can have pizza together!

All the best,
Anja :)
At 2:32pm on March 2, 2009, David Zinger said…
All the best in Zurich.
At 11:44am on March 2, 2009, David Zinger said…

I read your article today in Industry Week. It was very well done.

I was not aware of your book -I love the cover and the title. It is interesting that you list it in your profile but the image really catches the readers attention.

I encourage you to put an image of the book up on your page here for people to see. If you need help with this let me know. If you are looking for reviews of the book let me know and I would certainly consider reviewing it.

At 2:37pm on February 13, 2009, Jean Douglas, CMC said…
Always glad to see another Canadian join the group.
At 1:24pm on February 12, 2009, Christi Gibson said…
Thank you Roy! I look forward to it.
Talk to you soon,

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