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O.C. Tanners’ Appreciation Experience Course Earns Platinum Best Of Show Award

Groundbreaking Program Teaches How to Achieve Business Success Through a Cultural Shift in Favor of Employee Appreciation
SALT LAKE CITY (Sept. 23, 2014)—O.C. Tanner, a leading developer of employee recognition strategies and reward programs, has received an Aurora Award for its one-of-a-kind, global recognition training course, the Appreciation Experience.

The Appreciation Experience was honored with a Platinum Best of Show Aurora award, because of its high level of creativity, outstanding message effectiveness, and excellence in technical execution. O.C. Tanner was among the top 10% of entrants to be honored with this prestigious award.

As a web-based course, its aim is to educate leaders, managers and supervisors on the increasingly pivotal role that appreciation plays in business success.For example, within the average U.S. workplace, 7 out of 10 employees are disengaged, an even more alarming statistic when coupled with research showing that 68% of customers will stop buying from a company due to the indifference of a single employee.

The Appreciation Experience addresses such issues by empowering learners to identify and understand how their actions influence employees and how recognition programs can drive behavior, unify teams and cultures, improve engagement, and significantly impact revenue.

In developing the course, O.C. Tanner worked with Allen Communication, an award-winning training and education agency, to find impactful methods to connect learning activities with measurable behaviors. The challenge was to create meaningful change within corporate cultures that could generate buy-in from the management and make recognition a priority.
Additionally, the training had to meet the needs of O.C. Tanner’s customers, which includes over 8,000 diverse clients in multiple industries, and more than 150 countries.

With such challenges in mind, the Appreciation Experience builds on the strengths of web-based training while integrating innovative techniques:

  • Learning modules include a custom introduction video to share real success stories of recognition in practice and motivate managers to appreciate great work.
  • Modules provide an impactful narrative, which guides learners through recognition principles, to explain why appreciation is so influential on employee behavior, and teach habits that positively impact the culture of any organization.
  • As a central learning objective, managers identify and understand how their actions influence employees.
  • Integrated course takeaway notes allow learners to capture, save and review their thoughts as they identify and understand recognition principles.
  • Bite-size activities and compelling statistics are weaved throughout the course to keep learners motivated and check/maintain their progress.
  • Learners are rewarded throughout the course by earning personalized badges for completing modules.

“It is our goal at O.C. Tanner to influence the way companies accomplish, recognize and appreciate the great work of their people,” said Shauna Bona, Director, Curriculum Development and Delivery, at O.C. Tanner. “Research has proven that a positive and appreciative corporate culture, as is taught within the Appreciation Experience, has the power to deliver lasting and meaningful results, in terms of both employee engagement and the bottom line.”

The Appreciation Experience will be featured at the upcoming Online Learning Conference in Chicago, Illinois. O.C. Tanner and Allen Communication will be co-presenting “Mix, Match & Motivate: Increase Engagement and Recognize Success” on September 24 at 1:00 p.m. CT.

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About Allen Communication Learning Services
For more than 30 years, Allen Communication has led the learning industry, providing pioneering educational strategies, technologies, and analytics. With extensive experience across every major industry, Allen’s award-winning projects for the best-known companies in the world drive lasting business results and documented ROI. Businesses trust Allen with their most critical learning and performance projects, because Allen aligns agency-quality media design, best-in-class instructional strategy and technology, and a proven design process centered on alignment with quantifiable business results. Follow Allen on Twitter@Allencomm, on LinkedIn, and on Facebook.

About O.C. Tanner
O.C. Tanner helps the world inspire and appreciate great work. Through our innovative cloud-based software, tools, awards, and education, we provide strategic recognition solutions for thousands of clients globally. Designed to engage talent, increase performance, and drive corporate goals, these solutions create personalized recognition experiences delivered through a smart technology platform. O.C. Tanner has also been the proud designer, manufacturer and donor of the U.S. Olympic Team rings since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Learn more at

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