Best of 2022: Your Favourite Blog Posts

Guest Author, Monica Martin, Diva of Details, Greatness Magnified

As nominated by you!

We are dedicating all of December to bringing back what you found most valuable! This week we’re sharing your very favourite blog posts.

#4 – Quiet Quitting: A Workplace Trend That We Can’t Ignore

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Despite its name, quiet quitting has nothing to do with leaving your job. It refers to employees doing what their job requires and nothing more—quitting doing anything extra. You still clock in on time, complete your assigned tasks, and leave when your day is over, not taking on any extra work outside your regular hours. It’s about doing your job but never going above and beyond. Quiet quitting rejects that hustle culture mentality that society has long been subscribed to. It is meant to promote work-life balance and “acting your wage.”



#3 – 5 Ways to Rock Remote Recognition

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Recognition has always been your cultural superglue. Can it be strong enough to connect across the digital divide? We think so. Actually, we know so. And it has to. So, we have to find ways to engage better digitally. People are desperate for connection, and we want to ensure our hybrid teams move through the storming phase you might be into performing again. We have five juicy opportunities for you to amp up digital recognition by modifying the recognition techniques you already use…



#2 – Hardwire Recognition to Show Appreciation For Those Returning to Work

If we are returning to work, then return strong. You may be worried, apprehensive, excited, nervous, or all of the above. You’re not alone. My best advice: Hardwire recognition and appreciation into the physical and virtual work environments (and don’t forget about those working remotely part or all of the time, even if they are in the minority.) Recognition was essential for strong collective connective tissue before COVID, and we’re craving connection all the more now. Rebuild faster, stronger, and better with recognition rituals. Bring rituals back. Create new ones. And keep evolving them.



And your #1 Favourite Blog Post of 2022…

WOW Great Colleagues, Staff and Clients Every Day: Client Spotlight on i24 Call Management Solutions

WOW Great Colleagues, Staff and Clients Every Day: Client Spotlight on i24 Call Management Solutions with Sarah McVanel

Check out i24 Call Management Solutions. Their WOW program was the leading class before COVID; not only did they suddenly keep WOW “alive” when they had to go remote in March 2020, they ensured it would “thrive” by intentionally iterating it ever since. Perhaps the best part is that they didn’t do this to win an external “war for talent.” Sure, they’re better able to navigate the #talentshortage with a strong cultural foundation of appreciation; however, it stemmed from a belief, at a cellular level, that great people deserve to know they are…well, great!


Your readership means more to me than you will ever know. When you read my posts, I get to keep putting delicious recognition content out there every week for you to devour!

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“There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.”

– Mother Teresa

Deb Rakonjac

Organizational Development, Purolator Inc.

"Sarah nailed it!  She worked with the planning group to learn about the organization, the audience, the desired key messages and integrated it seamlessly into her keynote. Her energy was contagious! We received rave reviews of this portion of our event and Sarah was able to speak to all members of our organization in a way that motivated them to recognize others everyday. Our executives were extraordinarily pleased and integrated FROGging into their recent board meeting. Purolator is grateful to Sarah for dropping the pebble and we continue to see the ripples from this session across the organization. Working with Tami was phenomenal and the supports were easy to integrate to ensure the session went well. Thanks to you both!!"
Douglas D Swift

President & CEO, Swiftco Inc.

"I have had the Sarah experience in numerous settings: As a keynote, around a table with several other business owners, one on one over coffee, chatting with others at a conference reception, dining with a small group of colleagues. No matter the setting you always get the same Sarah: engaging, attentive, interested, inspiring, motivational, genuine. And always with an infectious smile. Do yourself, your company, your association a favour. Get the Greatness Magnified (Sarah) experience. The payback is priceless."
Judy Kucharuk

Director, Marketing and Special Events, Encana Events Centre

"Funny, full of energy and incredibly motivating – all words to use when describing Sarah and her passionate stage presence. We were fortunate to have Sarah join us as a speaker for Spark Women’s Leadership Conferences and her presentations about leveraging greatness hit the core of our objective at SPARK: “A rising tide lifts all boats”. I would not hesitate to recommend Sarah to other organizations that are searching for a well-prepared, well-organized, thoughtful and passionate storyteller."
Shelley VanVeen

Learning & Development Manager, Libro Credit Union

"Sarah brought so much energy and enthusiasm to our International Women’s Day event at Libro! Her message was uplifting, thought-provoking and truly appreciated by our team. Dealing with Sarah was wonderful – she was open, professional and willing to work with us to customize her message to incorporate our culture and connect to our topic and participants. During the session, she was a pro with a powerful message and a fantastic delivery. We had wonderful feedback from all that attended and can’t wait to have Sarah back for another session in the future!"
Sylvia D’Intino

Executive Director, Community Living Hamilton

"THANK YOU so very much for leading the engagement activities today! You’re a constant professional, with an amazing attitude and always seeing the great in everyone. I am grateful for how you have helped us this year to transform our in-person staff recognition events into virtual and on-location events. Our staff feel more inspired, appreciated and motivated after they hear you speak, and I know our amazing in-house team here looks forward to designing engaging appreciation events with your support."
Melissa Chaulk

Manager of Professional Development

Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

"We work hard at CDHA to give our members a wonderful conference experience, so we were thrilled to have received resoundingly positive feedback on Sarah's opening plenary keynote. It was the highest attended of the entire conference for both dates!"
Jamie Campbell

Director, The Center for People in Organizational Development, Sheridan College

"Smart, challenging, innovative, committed, dependable, and reliable, I highly recommend her for all your recognition needs. I have brought Sarah into my last two organizations to help build a culture of recognition and celebration. The focus on appreciation is more important now than ever."

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