Build Your Best Recognition Program Yet

How to Create a Recognition Initiative That Makes People Stay

Course Summary

Great people deserve to work in great workplaces. Yet as individual contributors, we’re not always sure how to make this happen. After all, isn’t culture the leaders’ job? In this training, we will equip you with the skills and knowledge to contribute to growing a healthy, resilient and effective team. Learn how to assess, build and reallocate resources – money, time, energy – toward what really matters.
If you’re serious about creating a recognition program – for your team, organization or global network - that will retain your top talent, empower optimal performance, and fuel healthy collaborative cultures, you won’t find a more tools-rich, evidence-based and empowering program to help guide you. Through video step-by-step guidance, practical how-to checklists, and concrete templates, you will have all the guidance to launch (or rebuild) an award-winning, engagement building, and talent retaining quality recognition program. This is more than a course: it’s the roadmap you can’t get anywhere else, designed for you by an international recognition expert.

Course Curriculum

Sarah McVanel

True acceptance is believing people are worthy before they’ve earned it. Imagine a workplace that extends acknowledgement and appreciation to its employees before they even start.

I’m a recognition expert, professional speaker, coach, author, recovering perfectionist, and movement maker, specifically F.R.O.G. Forever Recognize Others’ GreatnessTM. With 25+ of experience, I invigorate companies to see their people as exceptional so that, together, they can create a scrumptious, thriving culture where everyone belongs. 

Here’s the fact: recognition is the single, most effective, and cost-efficient way that organizations can decrease burnout, sick time, change fatigue, and hiring costs. Their reward? Increased employee retention, safety, innovation, and customer satisfaction… as a starting point. What organization doesn’t need this in this competitive market with a talent shortage?

And it gets better. When you practice this in all areas of life, especially at home, it turns even the most difficult challenges and greatest tensions into opportunities to connect, commit, heal, and belong.  

Sarah’s credentials: 

  • Canada’s leading recognition expert
  • 25+ years in adult education and professional speaking 
  • CSP (Certified Speaking Professional)
  • PCC (Professional Certified Coach)
  • CSODP (Certified Senior Organizational Development Professional)
  • CHRL (Certified Human Resources Leader)
  • Degrees in Psychology (BA) and Family Relations (MSc)
  • Author of 5 books and dozens of peer-reviewed and trade magazine articles
  • Designations in Healthcare Administration and Human Resources
  • Certified in MBTI, Personality Dimensions, BarON EQi, DISC
  • Carb-ivour, amateur hip hopper, TikTok embarrasser to her two kids

"The course is exceptional; it has served as a primer for more work within our Agency and has left the planning team with a substantial tool box full of resources. Importantly, the course material backs the guidance with evidence, which will support buy in from our leadership team.
This course content reminds leaders that recognition matters to people at all points in their employment journey from curiosity to retirement. As Sarah notes, it’s not ‘fluffy stuff’ because our people are our bench strength! Investing in our staff through multi-directional recognition and at all points in their employment journey is so worthy of our time and energy."   

"We appreciated the structure of the course (provided in small info-bites), the concrete resources, and the how to guidance to do it and make it stick.  Well appreciated for our team, we can’t wait to get started!"

"If there’s something you want to do around employee morale, whether it's helping your managers come up with tactics to increase recognition, or to help build a culture of recognition and celebration, Sarah is the person for you."

Jamie Campbell
Director for the Center for People in Organization Development, Sheridan College 

"Sarah effectively engaged and inspired our team, providing helpful tips and tools all the way which allowed us to achieve our recognition initiatives. Our team has benefitted immensely from our collaboration with Sarah."

Blossom Alemao
EA & Sector Coordinator, Eurest

Course Pricing

  • Build Your Best Recognition Program Yet
  • $247 CAD

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