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Topic: Appreciation

Budget for Impact—and Dispel the Ghosts of Recognition Past

Meghan Stettler, Sandra Christensen, and Hannah Lawrence of O.C. Tanner

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Poor recognition experiences of the past can impact the effectiveness of new recognition. But the good news is you can offset the poor experiences that still haunt your organization.

With a new year right around the corner, how can you prepare to celebrate your people while creating meaningful memories? How much should you spend? How often you should you recognize? In a first-of-its-kind experiment, the O.C. Tanner Institute has uncovered new research that can prescriptively guide your recognition budgeting and planning efforts. 

Join three recognition experts—Meghan Stettler, Director at the O.C. Tanner Institute, Sandra Christensen, VP of Awards, and Hannah Lawrence, Client Strategist—as they share insights, best practices, and real-life examples for the best ways to maximize your recognition dollars in the upcoming year. Attend to learn:

  • How prior recognition memories shape current recognition and cultural perceptions
  • Why frequent, smaller moments are more impactful than giant one-time celebrations
  • How much is too much—and how little is too little—in terms of spend
  • Why working with O.C. Tanner can make great recognition easy and memorable for all involved

About the speakers:

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Meghan Stettler
Director, O.C. Tanner Institute

As a trusted voice for the O.C. Tanner Institute, most recently via its groundbreaking COVID-19 weekly webinars, Meghan specializes in knitting together key sentiments and perspectives across the table to identify win-win strategies for workplace culture success. Throughout her career, she has forged diplomatic partnerships with countries and companies in the Middle East, the Americas, Europe, and the Indo-Pacific regions, interfacing with CEOs, energy secretaries, ambassadors, and governors.

She has also addressed over a million viewers as an award-winning journalist and producer with Al Jazeera, News 12 New York, and Network News Service, a pioneering organization serving ABC, CBS, and FOX. Meghan was recently named to the HRD Global 100, a list of the best and brightest industry leaders in HR.

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Sandra Christensen
VP, Awards, O.C. Tanner

With over 32 years of experience in employee appreciation award development, Sandra leads the global awards merchandising and award design and development production teams at O.C. Tanner. A designer herself, Sandra has spent her career creating meaningful, lasting symbols of accomplishment.

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Hannah Lawrence
Client Strategist

As a client strategist at O.C. Tanner, Hannah helps clients manage and grow their recognition program strategies. Captivated by human interaction, she has always sought opportunities to build strong, lasting relationships. Hannah earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Utah. In her free time, she enjoys the amazing outdoors of Utah, along with her husband, son, and blue heeler, Willow.


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