The Secret Sauce to Remote Peer-to-Peer Recognition in 2021

What’s the best compliment you’ve been given at work?

Was it about your wizardry with Excel sheets? Your secret singing skills? Your formidable leadership abilities? Chances are that made you feel amazing. Not only did someone spot how brilliant you were at doing something, but they took the time to tell you all about it!

It can mean the world to have someone — other than yourself, your manager, or your mom — notice your talents. When peer-to-peer recognition happens at work, it’s easy to collaborate with others, build up motivation, and work your way through major projects.

What is peer-to-peer recognition?

Peer-to-peer recognition occurs when a coworker shares how much they value you or your work. At the office, for example, this could be a clap on the back, a free coffee waiting for you on your desk, or a nicely-written ‘Thank you’ note. In remote-first workplaces, peer-to-peer recognition can be a little harder to see — or encourage.

You’ll often find informal peer-to-peer recognition in more casual workplaces, like startups, small businesses, or laid-back San Francisco offices. When team members feel comfortable and relaxed around each other, it feels easy to sincerely thank others for their good work. In formal and professional work environments, however, you might observe peer-to-peer recognition in the form of a speech, a positive recommendation to the CEO, or a white glove gift delivery. Either way, your workplace probably has some form of peer-to-peer recognition already!

Skip to : The value of peer-to-peer recognition in 2021

The difference between peer-to-peer recognition and top-down recognition

Peer-to-peer recognition involves coworkers acknowledging each other’s qualities as equals, and often informally. This is the opposite of top-down recognition, the typical form of employee recognition whereby the manager rewards great attributes, hard work, or major accomplishments.

In most companies, including remote workplaces, there is already some form of top-down recognition. After all, it’s clearly linked to compensation schemes and employee engagement. Any good manager makes sure that their employees’ efforts are fully appreciated so they continue bringing their best to work. However, peer-to-peer recognition is too often left by the wayside when it offers unique advantages.

Compared to top-down recognition, peer-to-peer appreciation is more informal and less correlated with paychecks, meaning it is both easy to give and receive authentically. Managers don’t need to worry about formalities, and employees can enjoy appreciative feedback that feels much more real.

Skip to :  How can you facilitate peer-to-peer appreciation in remote teams?

Learn more about WFHomie

The value of peer-to-peer recognition in 2021

Truth is, peer-to-peer recognition is the cornerstone of great company culture, which improves engagement, performance, and retention. The benefits of peer-to-peer recognition in remote workplaces are tremendous because it often helps fill a void for coworkers who don’t feel connected to each other.

Here are just a few examples of how peer-to-peer recognition can reduce your employee churn:

  • Boosts teamwork and collaboration
  • It’s no secret that recognition-rich cultures benefit from improved collaboration. Obviously, knowing that peers appreciate your work makes it easier to work with them! If you feel like your efforts are valued, then you’re more likely to trust others not to take advantage of you. Combine that trust-building with the surge of joy and positivity resulting from thoughtful appreciation, and you’ve got yourself a team player.
  • Improves employee engagement and motivation
  • Consider this: 40% of the American workforce claim they’d put more effort into their job if they were recognized more frequently. According to Gallup, peer feedback can enhance performance by as much as 14%. With these stats, there’s no arguing that peer-to-peer recognition might be the simplest way to boost your employees’ engagement at work.
  • Fosters a culture of inclusiveness and belonging
  • Ensuring peer-to-peer appreciation is given often and loudly creates a sense of transparency around who gets recognized and how often. Beyond building trust, this also creates a sense of accountability for peers when it comes to DE&I, especially when recognition is often linked to paychecks. Peer-to-peer recognition also involves explicitly appreciating someone’s uniqueness, from skills to talents to heritage and life experience.
  • Enhances your team’s resilience
  • If we’ve learned anything at all in the last couple of years, it’s that the workplace is drastically affected by times of crisis and need. When major changes occur in little time, employees can end up feeling fragile, insecure, and easily overwhelmed by larger workloads. Authentic peer-to-peer recognition can act as a bulwark against these feelings of exhaustion by giving employees an ego boost, joy, and the psychological safety they need to take breaks. In this sense, peer-to-peer recognition is a powerful tool to prevent burnout and resulting employee churn.
  • Increases performance and profits
  • The result of increased engagement, collaboration, and inclusion? Better performance at work. When peer-to-peer recognition is prioritized, coworkers feel more driven to perform, resulting in a higher bottom line for the organization. Not only that, by making your team feel better appreciated, peer-to-peer recognition ensures they are less likely to quit. The result? Your company can avoid the heavy costs of hiring for their position.

Boosting peer-to-peer recognition in a remote-first world

Did you know that 76% of people save handwritten thank you notes?

Let that sink in.

Three-quarters of people enjoy seeing that people put effort into writing something down — it’s the magic of small, handmade tokens of appreciation. But how can you even begin to recreate that special feeling remotely? At WFHomie, we specialize in remote culture-building, and we’ve got answers.

How can you facilitate peer-to-peer appreciation in remote teams?

  • An appeal for gift cards
  • Wait! It’s not as dull as you’d think. Shopping for gift cards online can actually be incredibly time-consuming, if only because you’re targeted by random advertisements, products, and unnecessary questions. On the WFHomie gift card delivery platform, you can send and receive Amazon gift cards, Starbucks gift cards, and PC gift cards within minutes, quickly choosing the amount you wish to load onto the card ($10, $30, $350?). On the sender’s end, there’s something liberating in being able to offer something at the right budget with minimal effort. On the giftee’s end, it’s wonderful to treat yourself to what you secretly enjoy most — if that’s a rubber duck from Amazon or a pumpkin spiced latter from Starbucks, go for it!
  • Gift delivery superpowers
  • We all buy gifts for others. But do we do all choose them well? Many things can go wrong when it comes to finding gifts for coworkers and peers at work remotely. More than in office settings, there’s a lot of guesswork involved, with some degree of stressful online shopping. WFHomie facilitates remote gift-giving by allowing your team to compile useful information like T-shirt sizes and addresses on our platform, so you don’t have to ask them. We then let you sift through a range of standard, high-quality and lovable gifts, from tote bags to mugs to socks, which you can freely customize to meet your needs. That makes finding the right gift for your peer easy breezy.
  • Uber Eats gift vouchers
  • In times of need, we always return to the basics: food. All around the world, sharing food is an act of affection and trust. We even structure our social activities with food, from grabbing a coffee to potlucks, brunches, and dinner parties. In remote workplaces, it’s easy to do the same thanks to online services like Uber Eats vouchers. The WFHomie platform allows you to claim your Uber Eats delivery vouchers and send them to each person on your team via email, so they can redeem them and order food for themselves wherever they live. This service is an easy way for peers to recognize and appreciate each other’s work, by literally buying someone a coffee to share in a Zoom meeting together, or organizing a fun Lunch & Learn break with coworkers.
  • Kudos appreciation bot for Slack
  • Let’s return to handwritten notes... and the fact that three-quarters of people tuck them away to treasure long-term. While it’s difficult to replicate that special feeling, WFHomie’s found a way to single out peers and coworkers for their hard work on Slack and other platforms. With our Kudos bot, all someone has to do is type /kudos in the message box to start the recognition process. From there, the bot will ask you who you’re recognizing, prompt you to write a personal note, add a cute gratitude Gif, and guide you through our platform to order an Amazon gift card, Uber Eats gift cards or vouchers, or customizable swag and gifts of all kinds. For the recipient, then, asynchronous and remote peer-to-peer recognition feels a lot warmer than if it were just an ordinary ‘Thanks!’ message. It might even feel like a handwritten note — one you’ll pin up in your Slack conversation as a keepsake.

See gifting superpowers

More Interesting Posts

Some insights on remote work & the future of work!
No items found.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Get more news and insights on virtual team building, managing remote teams, and more.
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.