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Recognition from co-workers can boost performance and cooperation

A positive word from a supervisor can go a long way toward motivating employees and improving their performance, but the same encouragement from a co-worker may be just as effective.

A positive word from a supervisor can go a long way toward motivating employees and improving their performance, but the same encouragement from a co-worker may be just as effective.

Businesses striving to engage staff members often use a top-down approach. Managers are encouraged to get more hands on with their team members, guiding them through difficulties. However, effective initiatives also have a bottom-up approach that uses connections between team members and departments to build a ground swell of activity that increases productivity, coordination and communication.

Employee reward programs can be used to cultivate relationships among staff members by creating opportunities for workers to recognize their colleagues. Author Lisa Giruzzi told Retail Leader that employees who feel connected to a cause are more likely to give their best effort. This connection often comes from interactions with those working around them, and reward programs are an effective way for employees to show appreciation for the efforts of their co-workers.

Although employees may be used to having acknowledgement come from a supervisor, there is no reason it can't come from other staff members. When an employee steps in to cover for a sick colleague or offers advice on solving a problem, it is often his or her immediate co-workers who are affected most. By letting anyone recognize the contributions of someone who has helped them, companies can build a supportive culture that fosters effective coordination between departments.

Technology is making it easier for this type of recognition to occur. For instance, social media networks provide a place for employees to connect and share stories outside of work. Forensic Magazine recommends recognizing outstanding performances by posting pictures and write-ups on public bulletin boards. Social media sites accomplish this, while opening the recognition process to all members.

When positive feedback is consistent, it increases the feeling of pride among employees. The recognition doesn't always need to come from a supervisor, and can often be just as effective when it is from a respected co-worker.

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