A happy workforce is a productive workforce, as most managers and HR professionals know. In recent years, several startup companies have grabbed attention by using some unusual methods to create a happier workforce. They’ve experimented with unorthodox ideas such as unlimited vacation time. These companies have also established more flexible workspaces and gone overboard with perks such as in-office climbing walls and coffee shops. Although there’s something to be said for these ideas, the reality is that not all companies have the resources to implement them into their workplaces. However, even if your company doesn’t have the ability to adopt one of these radical ideas, you still have all the raw materials at your disposal to create a happier and more productive workforce. Peer-to-peer recognition programs can be the tool you need to unlock the potential that already exists within your workplace for more engaged and happier employees.
The factor that makes peer-to-peer recognition so powerful and effective is the fact that recognition simply means more to people when it comes from someone in the same position. When an employee feels appreciated by co-workers who have the same experiences, that appreciation carries more weight and is more likely to be a positive influence on that person’s work going forward. They also have a higher degree of effectiveness than other types of recognition or incentive programs because people who are lauded by their peers are more likely to pay it forward and reciprocate when they see another peer go above and beyond the call of duty.
Creating and implementing a peer-to-peer recognition program can be a powerful way to tap into the potential already contained within your most important resource. As long as such a program’s procedures are clearly defined, the rewards fully understood and everything properly communicated, a peer-to-peer recognition program can drive greater employee engagement and reduce turnover significantly. The following guide explains how peer-to-peer recognition can work toward higher employee engagement and details how it can be implemented. Follow it, and your office environment can be a lot more connected and productive.
Author bio: Carl Martens is a resident catalyst for change at Award Concepts. After graduating with a degree in sales and marketing from DeVry University, he has become an advocate for his clients. Martens is dedicated to working closely with his clients to understand their organization and develop and deliver custom recognition programs.