06/10/17 By Jennifer Brown

Great job! You’re Awesome! Way to go! When someone directs praise and recognition your way, it’s hard not to feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. In the workplace, employee recognition is linked to higher levels of happiness, job satisfaction, and productivity. Traditionally, managers are the ones giving out the recognition to their teams for a job well done. However, recognition can come from many different sources such as clients and peers. Peer-to-peer recognition can be particularly motivating. For example:

It is genuine
When a peer recognizes you for outstanding work, it feels genuine – much less like part of a formal performance review. Your peer took time out of his busy schedule to publicly recognize your efforts with no concrete benefit for them. Managers are expected to provide feedback on their employee’s performance; however, peers have no set obligation to do so. This gives it a grassroots sort of feel, which adds to the appeal.

Builds a sense of community
Regardless of your title or where you sit on the organizational chart, when a fellow peer recognizes your work, it builds a sense of community (We’re all in this together!). They are in the “trenches” with you – they see the blood, sweat, and tears that you pour into your work well before the final product is presented to your manager.  Additionally, having the ability to praise your peers and have your voice heard speaks to the Generation X and Millennial generations.

Social sharing
With Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and a whole host of other social networking and sharing apps, having the opportunity to publicly praise our peers has never been easier – or more visible! We use this technology in our personal lives just about every day – why not in the workplace? Vendors such as You Earned It, Motivosity, and 360 Recognition make it easy for employees to recognize their peers and enable others to “like” and “share” this praise – giving employee recognition more visibility than ever before.  This also allows the feedback to be in real-time (not just once a year).

Companies should not replace traditional manager feedback and recognition with peer-to-peer recognition programs; however, using both methods is a great way for employees to receive timely and genuine feedback about their performance.

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