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Employee Recognition Speeches

There's nothing worse than feeling unprepared for an employee recognition speech. You truly value this time and would like to offer nothing less than a stellar speech to your employees. Pulling off a worthy recognition speech will make your employees shine, and you will feel confident that you've helped to create a positive experience for a deserving individual. Achieving a great recognition program is a challenging task but the people at Terryberry Company would like to offer you the tools and support needed to create a WOW workplace.

Good employee recognition speeches are one of the key factors in establishing a positive office culture.

Terryberry Managing Partner and author of The WOW! Workplace, Mike Byam, believes that timing is also very important. Byam suggests that management recognize employees close to the time of their achievements. This drastically increases the impact and significance of employee recognition presentation.

When it's time to make the actual employee recognition speech, the presenter needs to be specific and positive. The presenter should highlight why the recipient is being recognized and the impact that their achievements have had on business. At the same time, the presenter should be positive and leave out any constructive criticism and unfair employee comparisons.

As for selecting a presenter, Byam suggests selecting the highest-ranking individual who has a personal connection to the recipient. This person should know the recipient's job function and achievements and how their contributions have impacted the success of the business.

"An ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure," said Byam. Therefore it is essential that the presenter also takes the time to prepare beforehand so they can effectively relay the recipient's achievement to both the recipient and the audience. "The words that you choose for an award presentation are as important as any part of the recognition process," Byam said. "We (Terryberry) encourage you to give that all the time and attention it deserves."

Here are some additional guidelines for making an effective employee recognition speech:

  • Be sensitive of shy recipients
  • Use humor with caution
  • Remember, this is not the time for constructive criticism
  • Avoid unintentional promises of continual employment
  • Stay away from comments about race, gender, or religion

Could you use a little help with your employee recognition speeches and programs?

Visit Terryberry's Employee Recognition Resources & Tools page for more our low-cost and no-cost recognition solutions.