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Co-Worker Recognition Programs

Many organizations understand the impact of employee recognition to promote productivity and retention. While this recognition typically comes from a supervisor, a new article from Bloomberg BNA suggests that peer-to-peer employee recognition can produce great results as well.

"Social recognition is the foundation for creating a more human workplace—one which fosters a culture of recognition and appreciation while empowering individuals, strengthening relationships, and providing a clear purpose aligned with achievable goals," Derek Irvine, vice president of client strategy and consulting at social recognition provider Globoforce.

Co-worker recognition programs can be especially effective in organizations with remote workers. "It's a great way to keep (employees) aligned, engaged in their work and wanting to do more," said Formstack CEO Chris Byers.

It's not unusual for companies to have team members working remotely or constantly traveling. This can lead to a sense of disconnect and a lack of overall unity, but social media makes it easy to bridge these gaps. Make an effort to shine the digital spotlight on these physically removed workers to make them feel acknowledged.

Co-Workers Social Recognition

Social media also makes it easier for you to recognize more workers, more often. Of course, you should still hold formal recognition ceremonies to showcase achievements, but platforms like Facebook and Twitter allow you to constantly send casual shout-outs your workforce will definitely appreciate.

Positive social interaction between co-workers is vital to their happiness, and therefore essential to their retention. After all, you want your staff members to feel like teammates and be excited to collaborate and further the mission of your organization.

Since business hours can be too hectic for real socialization, try holding an off-site retreat. It's a great chance not only for workers to get to know one another, but for them to connect to you and other administrators in a more casual way.