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Exclusive: Giving recognition to colleagues will forge a culture of innovation

Like family members, peers may drive each other mad at times, but giving recognition to colleagues will create a culture of innovation.
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Real Business has received research exclusively from The O.C. Tanner Institute, which has observed the benefits of giving recognition to colleagues.

The organisation surveyed 3,400 workers globally and found that those giving recognition are more motivated, healthier and responsible for better results than those who rarely or never compliment their associates.

Those giving credit where it’s due are unlikely to have committed any of the disgraceful office scandals that employees confessed, which saw one admit to attacking his co-worker.

Observing the UK specifically, O.C. Tanner found that British staff members giving recognition to peers are 48 per cent more innovative than those who do not.

For the study, innovation is defined as “how well employees ask the right questions, go and see problems for themselves, seek help from their outer circles, improve the mix of solutions and deliver a significant difference”.

Some 86 per cent of those always giving recognition are considered highly motivated to help their employers succeed, versus just 46 per cent of those who rarely give recognition.

Wellbeing spikes too, as almost one in four that regularly offer pats on the back are in excellent health, compared to under one in ten for those bottling up recognition.

“This latest study proves that giving is just as important as receiving. Up until now, the main focus of employee recognition programmes has been on the impacts of receiving recognition,” Ian Feaver, director of O.C. Tanner UK.

“There’s now proof that there are immense benefits in the act of giving recognition to others. To date, these profound impacts have gone unnoticed.

“The evidence clearly points to the importance of organisations nurturing a culture of recognition, not only for the recipients’ sake but also for the givers.”

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Zen Terrelonge

Zen Terrelonge is the deputy editor of Real Business, specialising in media, innovation, technology and the digital sector. A media professional with eight years worth of experience he has worked for both startup and established publications.

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