When was the last time you told your co-worker they were doing a good job? Often when we think about employee appreciation, we talk about it in terms of manager to direct report. However, peer-to-peer recognition can also help people stay motivated and focused on common goals. The good news is….
Peer-to-Peer recognition isn’t difficult. It’s as simple as telling a co-worker they’re doing a good job!
This came to mind today when I was at the gym. As I’ve discussed before, I go to Hard Exercise Works, which is a Crossfit gym. Or, I should say, I’m going again. Due to some personal changes last year, I missed several months, so I’m starting fresh and rebuilding muscles that haven’t been worked in a while.
Today, one of the exercises had us running 400 meters while carrying weights. Four times. As we ran (and sometimes walked), there were choruses of “Good Job,” “you got this” and “way to go” as we passed each other. It’s how we cheer each other on and keep each other going as we work towards our common goal of becoming fit and improving our health.
Some of us (not me) were carrying up to 150 pounds as we ran and others (me) carried 10 pounds. It doesn’t matter the size of our load. We’re all working hard towards a common goal and the continuous shout outs and peer-to-peer recognition keep us focused and motivated! The fact that my peers are cheering me on makes me want to show up, work hard, and improve every single time.
What would it be like if this were common in your workplace? What if you and your co-workers made an intentional effort to bolster each other’s spirits. As I said, peer-to-peer recognition can be as simple as noticing and commenting on the great work done by your co-workers. So, I invite you to take:
The Good Job Challenge!
My challenge to you is to spend a week noticing and commenting on the great job your co-workers are doing! Be genuine, but be intentional. You could say things like:
You’re awesome at doing that!
You’ve got this!
Thanks for your help with this.
Couldn’t do it without you.
You are rocking it!
Way to go!
The list goes on. The point is to make sure you do it! If you’re a manager, print out this blog post and challenge your entire team – then let me know how everyone’s spirits are at the end of the week. Simple and effective.
What do you think? Are you up for the challenge? Let me know in the comments below and then let me know how it goes.