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Welcome to the third installment in our new blog series, Random Acts of Engagement — a collection of articles that highlight people or companies who we see go above and beyond the call of duty.

September in Savannah. Before Hurricane Matthew. Before the flooding and mess that terrible storm left in its path.

It’s a warm and sunny Thursday and Friday at a regional hospital, Effingham Health System, where my peers and I have joined the local HR team to assist with training and engagement for the launch of their new recognition program.

I hadn’t visited this client before, but I am a big fan of the Savannah area and the rich culture there. The haunted history, coupled with some of the best food I’ve ever eaten, make this an awesome place for me to visit. But this story isn’t about me -- it’s about the people I came in contact with and how they bring engagement to life.

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Topics: Total Recognition, Employee Engagement, Community Engagement

Employee Engagement. Community Engagement. Human Engagement

Welcome to the second installment in our new blog series, Random Acts of Engagement — a collection of articles that highlight people or companies who we see go above and beyond the call of duty.

When I started thinking about this blog series and what I would be looking for, it never occurred to me that I would find Acts of Engagement in the most peculiar of places. But, I have.

Having lived in several major cities in my adult life, including San Diego, Atlanta and Austin, I often take for granted some of the charm of the small-town living I grew up with. I was born and raised in Franklin, Kentucky, just north of Nashville -- the kind of place where everyone knows everyone else. We have a town square, a main road that runs through town, and at 8pm they STILL roll up the streets.

Johnny and June Cash were married in my hometown right on the square. My great-grandmother served them a milkshake from the Rexall Drugs, just before their nuptials. I have very fond memories of what life was like there and what it still is for many of my childhood friends who remained.

Big city life, with its hustle and bustle, crazy schedules, traffic and the like, can many times force us to forget what is important in life – and, in this case, death.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Community Engagement

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