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New Research: The Strategic Role of Employee Recognition in the Modern Workplace

What drives people to perform? How do we enable our workforce to show up and do their best work? What does it take to enable consistent, high-performing teams?

In this on-demand, research-based webinar, we dive into these and other answers from the latest research on the topic. The 2024 Lighthouse Research & Advisory Performance, Engagement, Culture, and Employee Experience study surveyed more than 1,000 HR leaders on their approaches to employee engagement, key talent practices, and other critical success factors.

In addition to the data, we also hear from the Director of People and Culture at Wolfe, an organization with cutting-edge people practices and a compelling story about the power of culture, and Bonusly's Chief Customer Officer on practical ways you can begin building a high performing culture that drives real results.

Attendees can expect to learn:

  • How recognition intersects with the needs of the business
  • The latest data on how often workers want recognition and appreciation
  • The important role that managers play in driving recognition and performance
  • A surprising relationship between recognition and some key business metrics

Meet the Presenters

Ben Eubanks, Chief Research Officer at Lighthouse Research & Advisory

Ben Eubanks is an author, speaker, and researcher living in Huntsville, AL. His team surveys thousands of employers and workers each year to understand the latest workplace trends and changes. His latest bestselling book, Talent Scarcity, explores how to hire and keep workers during a talent shortage. He also founded HR Summer School, an event with more than a million minutes watched in 2023 alone. In addition, he hosts We're Only Human, a podcast focusing on improving human resources, one HR pro at a time. When he's not speaking or writing, he spends time with his four kids and runs in a variety of outlandish races for fun.

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Holly McIlwain, Director of People & Culture at Wolfe

Holly McIlwain is responsible for People & Culture at The Wolfe Companies, a Pittsburgh-based hub for transformation in the gifting-industry. Holly has led the Talent Development platform at Winner Partners and is a subject-matter expert in the usage of behavior assessments as part of coaching and development plans, in addition to talent acquisition engagements. As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, working with individuals and organizations to build a better world and sustainable business solutions is her passion. Nothing excites Holly more than inspiring women to do brave things. She and her husband, Kevin, are raising two young boys and residing in the greater Pittsburgh, PA area.

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Debra Squyres, Chief Customer Officer at Bonusly

As Bonusly's Chief Customer Officer, Debra combines her passion for an exceptional customer experience with her drive to empower companies to connect, motivate, and engage their employees to build winning workplaces. Prior to Bonusly, Debra was the VP of CS at Beamery and the Chief Client Officer at Namely, to name a few. She has over 25 years of experience in senior leadership roles in Human Resources ranging from in-house HR leadership to HR Consulting, Outsourcing, Client Services, and Customer Success working directly with HR teams across a variety of industries. She currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband.

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