Engaging employees and providing real-time recognition can be a challenge. There are many questions to consider such as, what are the best tools to boost employee engagement? How can you encourage peer-to-peer recognition in the most meaningful way? Let’s first start off by exploring what peer-to-peer recognition means.

What is Peer-to-Peer Recognition?

Peer-to-Peer Recognition is when individual employees recognize another coworker’s hard work and dedication publicly. This will make the employee receiving the recognition feel a sense of accomplishment and belonging among their team. 

How can you start creating a peer-to-peer recognition program? Many companies start the program by utilizing the right recognition software.

Choosing the Right Social Recognition Software

Utilizing a social recognition software allows you to design a program that brings total recognition to the forefront of your workforce by adding processes that promote genuine appreciation between peers, in a relaxed and social atmosphere. Take a tour of our employee engagement platform to see the software in action!


In today's marketplace, it can be a tremendous challenge for companies to centralize and streamline peer-to-peer recognition. Often, locations outside of the “corporate headquarters” feel excluded from the day-to-day employee recognition activities. Using a social recognition software allows you to connect all your employees virtually. It sets the stage where employees can see each other's achievements and applaud peers (which are a few basic catalysts for raising engagement). 

Employee Rewards & Social Recognition

 So, your employees are publicly recognizing others, but what rewards can you offer? 

Let’s give an example of social recognition. For the example, let’s say that your company is in the healthcare industry and your team hit an all-time high with patient satisfaction scores. Though each person contributed to the high scores, it’s a true team achievement!

By using a recognition platform, your president or CEO can post a company-wide thank you video or a message to every team member with just a quick click. It is instant and earnest recognition that touches each and every employee! Here are some other examples of rewards you can give your employees to recognize their great work.

Employee Recognition Reward Ideas

  • Gift Cards
  • Certificates
  • Branded Apparel (or Swag)
  • Trophies
  • Team Member of the Month Award
  • Care Packages

All of these rewards will make your employees feel valued and like their hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed. It’s never too late to enhance your company culture and improve the employee experience!

Do Your Employees Recognize the Hard Work of their Peers?

Did you know that by following the peer-to-peer recognition model, your company is 36% more likely to see positive financial results than if your team only received recognition from their managers? That’s huge! Not only will your employees feel great about themselves, but you will also increase your bottom line for the long run too!

If you don’t currently have a peer-to-peer recognition program, it’s time to start. When utilizing the tools of a recognition portal, you open endless doors for recognition, engagement, enthusiasm, and teamwork. Take a tour of our employee engagement platform to get started!

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At C.A. Short Company, we are your partner for increased employee engagement resulting in increased performance outcomes to grow your bottom line. Our process and research-based platform helps you engage your team in order to increase your bottom line, motivate your staff to the benefit of the entire organization, and reward your people for the positive changes they make. To request a Complimentary Consultation, please click here. 


 *This blog was originally published on December 19, 2014 and was updated on January 29, 2021 for accuracy.

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