Take a moment to reflect on the best job you’ve ever had. Chances are one of the main reasons why you enjoyed it was because of the relationships you had with your peers. We spend an extraordinary amount of time with our coworkers — knowing that they appreciate and respect us has a direct impact on our motivation and morale.
It’s a well-known fact that employees with high levels of morale and engagement are more productive, more involved in the company and less likely to quit. Conversely, low morale and engagement leads to an unhealthy company culture and a high turnover rate. In fact, 79% of employees cite lack of appreciation as a key reason for leaving their job, and recognition-rich cultures have been shown to have 31% lower voluntary turnover.
One effective way to promote and develop a strong, connected culture is by enabling employee recognition. Being recognized for excellence by management within a company is important, but research shows that peer-to-peer recognition is especially helpful for building teamsmanship and mutual respect. Because peers are “in the trenches” with one other, they tend to have a unique understanding of the real-world, day-to-day obstacles and challenges their colleagues face. This deeper knowledge can make peer recognition especially meaningful.
4 key benefits of peer-to-peer recognition
Aside from improved morale and enhanced company culture, here are a few more compelling benefits of peer-to-peer recognition:
- It increases employee satisfaction. It’s no surprise that employees who feel that colleagues appreciate their contributions are far more satisfied with their jobs. >One survey found that peer-to-peer recognition resulted in 90% of staff feeling more satisfied with their work.
- It helps foster diversity and inclusion. Encouraging employees to publicly recognize teammates not just for the work they produce, but also for the unique skills and experiences they bring to the table can help create a sense of connection and belonging.
- It promotes collaboration. Employees with better rapport are more likely to enthusiastically and collaboratively work together. Recognition helps strengthen rapport, creating a positive atmosphere where teamwork can thrive.
- Peer feedback can improve employee performance by as much as 14 percent, according to Gartner. A Harvard Business School study confirmed that it can drastically increase motivation and performance.
Scality celebrates its people with Le Club
For all of these reasons, Scality fully embraces peer-to-peer recognition. With the annual Club Awards, Scality employees are encouraged to nominate teammates who have demonstrated excellence and outperformed expectations. The staff choose, by secret ballot, one member of their team who has consistently nurtured the company culture while delivering on performance. At Scality, Le Club celebrates the commitment and dedication of the employee toward their work and fellow colleagues.
“Being part of Le Club is recognition for trying to go above and beyond the normal duties of the role. It makes the longer hours and extra effort all worthwhile.”Chris Harvey, lead architect, Scality
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Scality is known for our exceptional technology, yes. But we’re also known for our exceptional people. We go the extra mile to find and hire them. We help them enhance their talents and ensure that they succeed. We recognize and celebrate them. Interested in joining such a team? Check out our current job openings and learn about life at Scality