How Peer Recognition Benefits the Giver

What makes coworkers great to work with? Besides sharing common interests, coworkers that genuinely display the below qualities are usually the people other people want to work with:


  • Communicates well
  • Is Cooperative
  • Is an Active listener
  • Takes blame
  • Shares opinions
  • Committs to the organizational mission and culture
  • Is Responsible
  • Is Reliable
  • Is Respectful
  • Grows individually and encourages team member growth
  • Is a Problem solver


Another quality that strengthens teams and employee relationships is Recognition; specifically, recognition in the workplace. Especially in today’s modern workforce, employee recognition programs are vital in helping increase productivity and overall job satisfaction. And not just any recognition program, but peer-to-peer recognition where employees take the reins and strengthen the organizational recognition culture.

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“This is WAY better than the Gauntlet of Shame at my last job.”

In addition to the value of peer recognition on the receiving end, read our four points below on how peer recognition benefits the giver.

  1. Allows giver to be genuine with coworkers

When employees have the opportunity to recognize another employee, it allows them to open up and be more genuine. Moreover, the great thing about peer-to-peer recognition is that it can take on many forms, and allows the giver to be more personable and give the recognition in a way they know the receiver will appreciate the most.

So as a giver, do some research and see what’s the best way to “genuinely” recognize a coworker. Would a shout-out at a team or business meeting be appropriate? What about over social media or on a company message board? Or would a personalized, handwritten note that’s private between only you and the employee be best? When the recognition is personal, it adds more value to the overall appreciation, and creates a stronger relationship down the road.

  1. Sparks creativity

In addition to a personalized reward, recognizing a team member’s hard work can help inspire creativity on the giver’s end. When the giver takes the time to really see how an employee worked hard, and went above and beyond their duties, it can encourage the giver to take a step back and ask what they can do to also be an exceptional team player.

  1. Empowers

One of the benefits of employee recognition is that it can empower the receiver and add more meaning to their day-to-day tasks. Bonusly content manager George Dickson explains, “Praise and recognition received directly from close colleagues provides insight into the positive impact a person’s work makes on the people around them. This added perspective helps illuminate the purpose behind even the small tasks they’re performing every day and solidifies the bond of camaraderie built through achieving goals as a team.”

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“This is definitely how Zeus felt at the end of Q3.”

On the giver’s side, recognition can also empower because it allows givers to be an active participant in your company’s recognition culture, and even invent new ways for peers to recognize each other in the workplace. Take for instance a recognition program that grows from one person sending a “cheer” over a company message board and having the receiver continue the chain by sending another “cheer” to someone else. This can grow and impact additional departments that turns into a weekly or monthly tradition. In short, the giver has the opportunity to create different ways to innovate simple recognition programs. And, at the end of the day, employees are more engaged in a culture that they actively play a part in.

  1. Increases giver’s well-being

Lastly, those receiving recognition are not the only ones that feel happy. Those that give recognition are increasing their “social wellness,” which can positively influence their overall well-being. What’s a big component of good social wellness? Having positive interactions with coworkers, which is exactly what recognition does! See, there’s a reason you feel good and closer to a person when you give a genuine compliment or praise.

Because recognition has a powerful effect on both the giver and receiver, it’s important that companies develop or refine their peer recognition programs so employees can not only be more productive, but genuinely enjoy and develop deeper relationships with those with whom they work.

At Awardco, we’re looking to lead the Employee Recognition Industry into the 21st century by breaking away from traditional models of outdated products. Contact us to see how we can increase employee engagement by improving your employee recognition programs and save you money while doing it.  

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