by Brian Dodds, CRP | December 09, 2013
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Brian Dodds, CRP

Every week, we feature a piece of expert advice from a certified recognition professional (CRP) from Recognition Professionals International, an industry association dedicated solely to understanding, improving, and advancing employee recognition & rewards in the workplace. Send your questions to [email protected] or via Twitter @RPITweets

Q: What is the best way to plan a budget for recognition programs?

A: It is that time of year when budget planning talks strike fear in the heart of most program owners. Why do we take such a defensive posture look solely to budgets as control mechanism for expenses and a surety that we will get to keep last year’s number. Turn your thinking around and look at this as the one opportunity you have every year to gain more spend for your program to improve effectiveness. Take some time to analyze your successes, measure your ROI and dream about next year. Get a plan together to ask for more with clear justification. Too often we seek to keep when we should plan for positive change. Isn’t that what we are all in this for? Maybe it is time to seek outside benchmarking or advice available through organizations like RPI and through CRP III which includes an entire section on budgeting.

About Our Expert: Brian Dodds, CRP, is president of Recognition Professionals International (RPI) and is vice president at Symbolist. Relying on infectious curiosity and a background in both philosophy and psychology, Dodds develops reward, recognition, incentive, and influence programs that are highly customized for each individual client. Dodds was recognized with the 2012 Howell Excellence in Education Award and the 2011 RPI Spotlight Award. While helping clients is No. 1 on his to-do list, a close second is giving back to the industry and helping a much larger audience who are interested in the best way to influence and engage their employees, channel partners, and consumers. Dodd speaks regularly to associations and has facilitated recognition training for a wide variety of companies. 

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