Beyond trinkets and trashTransforming recognition into a strategic change effortBy Sue Nador05/20/2002|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/17/2002 Recognition programs are getting a face-lift across Canada as organizations acknowledge the need for a more strategic approach to rewards and motivation.Traditional programs such as service awards at the annual firm dinner, or what has been referred to as trinkets and trash celebrations, fall short of adding value. At the same time, meaningful recognition is a top employee need, employee retention is a top CEO priority, and high employee performance is an over-riding business imperative. While some organizations are developing innovative programs, many others are not achieving a sufficient return on their investment in recognition programs, or are sending confused messages to the workforce about organization priorities, values and desired employee behaviours. Given the potential of recognition programs to promote high performance and build a desired culture, careful consideration must be given to design and implementation. Here are three tips for building a recognition program that achieves results. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.