We Get By With a Little Help From Our Peers
Whether your company is a startup, small business or a large corporation, having strong and supportive co-worker relationships is the foundation to success. According to Gallup, an average full-time employee in the U.S spends 47 hours a week at work; that is a lot of employee bonding. When co-workers have meaningful and amicable connections with one another it builds office morale and increases employee happiness. Offering employees a peer-to-peer recognition solution enhances employee interaction and creates a community within the office that is supportive and motivational.
A recent Indeed survey that studied 500 U.S employees reported that 45 percent of them missed their co-workers and/or aspects of their job in some capacity when out of the office. The relationships built in the workplace are important and after time can potentially lead to a friendship connection that is both professional and personal.
For businesses to truly progress, it is indispensable to maintain a positive office culture of content employees; especially for startups or small businesses with fewer staff members. Peers are there to support each other’s daily efforts, understand stresses and celebrate successes. Recognition programs allow staff to show appreciation for a peer’s dedicated work and/or assistance on a project and motivate them to reaching future goals.
According to a World at Work survey, peer-to-peer recognition remains one of the top five programs offered by 48 percent of organizations. In a standard recognition program, managers are the core recognition providers, but peer-to-peer programs allow appreciation to be shown from bottom to top; making the action more impactful.
When gratitude comes from a close peer, or friend, it leaves a more memorable impression because it is coming from someone who truly appreciates and understands the effort that was put into the task. Recognition should be enjoyable and meaningful for all involved. It should be sincere and occur at appropriate times, such as after completing a specific task.
As business leaders begin to plan for 2016, they should be considering the positive benefits of a peer-to-peer recognition and create an environment for employees to truly enjoy and thrive.