Employee morale, corporate values and internal communications are all essential for a company’s well being. Recognizing individual behaviors, achievements and celebratory moments not only strengthens staff cohesion and spirit but also fosters a greater work ethic. Creating a successful program takes time. Here are some tips on how to make your peer-to-peer recognition program more powerful:
- The program must be interesting and visually appealing. Images are crucial and copy points must be brief and pertinent. A creative approach will invite participation.
- Ensure that the program is straight forward and if instructions are necessary, make them short and concise.
- Immediacy is paramount. Each message must be sent and received as close to the event as possible for the appreciation to be meaningful.
- The designated corporate values must be clearly embedded in the company culture. The program should be reinforcing these values rather than introduce a new concept or standard unfamiliar to employees.
- The system must be easy to monitor. Real time metrics is central to modifying and changing the program to be more successful.
A peer-to-peer recognition program is a pat on the back, a high-five, or a nod of approval that can be the inspiration and encouragement for further applause and achievement.