Giving someone a watch for sticking around for 30 years seems like an outdated practice in this day and age. Especially given the fact that the majority of employees won't stay at an organizations for five years, let alone 30. Yet most recognition programs continue to focus on more traditional methods of acknowledging employees, despite every indication that they are not particularly effective.\n\nThe Conference Board of Canada conducts an annual, Canada-wide survey on compensation trends. HR practitioners from 383 mainly larger organizations (of 500 or more employees) responded to the 2016 survey. Principal Research Associate Nicole\n\nStewart authored "The Power of Appreciation: Rewards and Recognition Practices in Canadian Organizations," a report based on the survey.\nStewart says that the intent of the research was to "get a state of the nation on what's going on with rewards and recognition." One of the most significant findings of the survey was how dissatisfied people are with their recognition programs.