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Peer-to-Peer Recognition

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Peer-to-Peer Recognition

Kimberly St Clair

Though the bulk of a total rewards package may come from pay and benefits, a sincere acknowledgement or thank you from a colleague supports employee motivation and the ability to work as a team.  

Though leaders should still offer individual recognition and feedback, encouraging peer-to-peer recognition creates a culture of positive recognition and reaches more people.  According to Gallup,  the number-one reason most people leave their jobs is that they don't feel appreciated.  Workplaces that adopted a peer-to-peer recognition system show a 26% increase in engagement scores from the belief that they are doing great work that their peers appreciate.  

Check out some of the "15 Slam-dunk ideas for peer recognition" from Insperity for some free or inexpensive ways for you to encourage a voluntary system of peer-to-peer recognition.  As a preview, some are as simple as:

  • giving everyone a pad of sticky notes with the goal of using that pad just to leave specific, positive notes on coworkers' desks, 

  • passing around a trophy or stuffed animal for outstanding effort that week , or

  • sharing a personal, health, financial, fitness, or spiritual goal with each other and then having peer recognize personal accomplishments as individuals meet their goals.   

  Do you have a peer-to-peer recognition system that you want to share?  Let us know in the comments.