Words of Appreciation to Employees

Employee Recognition Words and Recognition Phrases

Encourage and motivate employees by learning the language of recognition. These employee recognition words will help you get started!

You can also find quick tips for presenting awards to your employees. Download our Award Presentation Cheat Sheet.

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Employee Recognition Words for Letters and Notes

Formal letters or informal notes can be a great way to acknowledge your employees privately for a job well done. A letter or note is something that can be saved, reread and appreciated in the future. You can choose to be as formal as you like in your recognition award wording, depending on the situation and your company culture.

Employee Appreciation Sayings for Speeches

Looking for some good recognition phrases? Want ideas for words of recognition for a speech? For a public announcement praising an employee, you’ll want to make sure you put some thought into the types of employee recognition words you choose to use. Write your speech with the personality of the employee in mind, while also staying true to your company culture and being honest and genuine.

Here's a list of employee appreciation sayings and phrases to get you started with your letter or speech.

I admire your… I value… impressive
I was pleased to see… I appreciate… extraordinary
I want to commend you… Thank you for… brilliant
The customer was delighted… Sensational job… exceptional
Congratulations You rose to the occasion amazing
You helped me… You demonstrated our mission compassionate
resourceful you made a difference thoughtful
innovative supportive helpful
efficient key contributor focused
team player leadership dedicated
problem solver big picture thinker out-of-the box thinker
enthusiasm inspiring motivating
approachable extra mile willingness
energetic growth overcame obstacles
thoughtful mentor helpful


Want to take your workplace culture to the next level? Learn about starting an employee recognition program today.

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