By Susan Hall, CRP, Corporate Engagement and Community Development, Gateway Mortgage Group LLC
Showing appreciation in the work place isn’t just for management to their employees. It’s important to recognize fellow co-workers who you feel go out of their way to help you or even observe helping others in some way. Recognizing your co-workers sets the scene for building a culture of appreciation in the work place. It allows others to see how work life can be at your company. A thank you note can go a long way as we know and why not share great things! It can become infectious. It builds confidence and engagement. Peer to Peer Recognition is one way your company can tell its story when it comes to creating a positive environment and strengthening culture.
4 Ideas to Start Peer to Peer Recognition Today:
- Shout out boards
This is an informal program that we have created and we have one on every floor in our building. Once the boards are full, we do a random drawing and give away movie tickets. Although we do not promote the prize, it is fun to do a random drawing and the employees do not expect it. We created note cards with thank you phrases on card stock and change them out when we run out. We even created a fun video to announce the program, the winners and read the cards out loud. We want our employees to hear what we are saying about each other.
Here is our latest shout out board (youtube)
- Spot Light Award
This is a formal peer to peer nomination form. This could be an employee who changed the way we do business by improving innovation and efficiency.
- Kudo (Candy) Grams
Remember these from middle or high school? We sell candy grams twice a year. We deliver these with a granola bar or healthier treat with notes from peers. The money we collect goes towards our adopt-a-school or a nonprofit the company has a relationship with.
- Get to know me scavenger hunt
We like to celebrate Customer Service week with a “Get to Know Me Scavenger Hunt.” We ask questions that support our employees’ interests. They share their findings at our huddles. You think it’s not recognition, but when you read out loud that a fellow employee wrote a bestselling novel or speaks three languages, you’re recognizing not only their accomplishments but sharing their story. Why always make it work related? Have fun with this, it can open doors to skill sets, add value to your team and helps others appreciate what they can bring to a team. Employees want to share their interests.
When peer to peer recognition is acknowledged, it just gives me the chills thinking about how simple it can be. Peer to Peer recognition leads to changing behaviors and builds engagement in our company! Ultimately changing how we work and improving our culture.
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