Because of what I do for work (strategic employee recognition), people I know through my business contacts and in my personal life often share with me their ‘stupid recognition’ stories – stories of recognition gone seriously wrong through a muffed recognition moment, a ridiculous or inappropriate reward, or even no recognition at all for a momentous contribution. Some of the stories have been outrageous, some funny, some sad (and some are posted on our Facebook Fan page, available here:

Now is your chance to share your story and finally get the recognition you deserve. Miffed about that mug you got after 10 years of hard work (and no other recognition)? Annoyed by the lazy, lying co-worker who got praise while you were ignored for saving the company millions? Want to tell the world about it (and earn a reward you REALLY want)?

Starting today, so-called Employee Appreciation Day, through Tuesday, 31 March, send Globoforce ([email protected]) your stories of “recognition gone wrong in the workplace.” We’ll right the wrongs of bad recognition by picking the top three most horrible stories, suggesting how the recognition should have been handled for a positive memorable experience, and giving those winners the reward they deserve.

What are the rewards? Globoforce GloboCertificates that the winners can use to select their Reward of Choice from more than 2,000 retailers around the world.

* First Place – $500 GloboCertificate
* Second Place – $250 GloboCertificate
* Third Place – $100 GloboCertificate

And now for The Rules:

• Send us your story be email ([email protected]) or fax (+1 508 357 8964), including your full name, mailing address, date of birth (no contestants under 18 years of age), telephone number and email address.
• Keep your story to 250 words or less.
• Do not name or include disparaging remarks about the employer or manager specifically.
• Only one submission per person.
• No Globoforce employees can participate.
• Agree your submissions can be publicized on the Globoforce website (, Globoblog (, and Facebook Fan page (
• Winning entries will be chosen by 15 April 2009, and winners will be notified by 17 April 2009.
• Read the official contest rules ( for complete guidelines. Note that by entering this contest, contestants agree to these Official Rules in full.

If you’re under 18 years of age or have multiple stories you’d like to get off your chest, share them on our Facebook Fan page!

Derek Irvine, Globoforce