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25 Employee Appreciation Quotes for Managers to Take Notes From

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I’ll start this list with one of my most favourite employee appreciation quotes,

“Brains, like hearts, go where they are appreciated.” ~Robert McNamara.

We often talk about employee appreciation as a criteria that needs to be checked off the to-do list of management.

But the importance of appreciation at the workplace goes far beyond that.

Seeking appreciation is an inherent human trait. Few words of praise and small acts of recognition towards your employees often go a long way.

When they feel recognized, their overall job satisfaction increases and it naturally reflects on their performance level.

26% of employees ranked recognition for their work in their top three factors for staying with their current employer.

17% employees said their manager/employer was horrible because they never recognized their work.

43% ranked their manager/employer as just okay because recognition is not done in frequent and timely manner. (Achievers)

What these data suggest is that employee appreciation shouldn’t be limited to numbered days of the year. Infact, it should be embedded in the fabric of your company culture.

This blog is for managers, employers and business leaders to inspire you to reinvent your rewards and recognition program.

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  1. "Recognition is not a scarce resource. You can't use it up or run out of it." ~Susan M. Heathfield

  2. Paychecks can’t buy passion.” ~Brad Federman

  3. “It all came down to employee engagement. It all came down to recognition. It all came down to leadership, which led to every sailor feeling ownership and accountability for the results. You can ask a team to accomplish a mission but you can’t order excellence.” ~Mike Abrashoff

  4. "No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important.” ~Mary Kay Ash

  5. “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” ~William Arthur Ward


  1. “Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.” ~Randy Pausch

  2. “The way your employees feel is the way your customers will feel.” ~Sybil F. Stershic

  3. “Dispirited, unmotivated, unappreciated workers cannot compete in a highly competitive world.” ~Francis Hesselbein


  1. “When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.” ~Betty Bender

  2. “Recognition is the greatest motivator.” ~Gerard C Eakedale

  3. “Take time to appreciate employees and they will reciprocate in a thousand ways.” ~Bob Nelson


  1. "There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread." ~Mother Teresa

  2. “All employees have an innate desire to contribute to something bigger than themselves.” ~Jag Randhawa

  3. “People leave when they don’t feel appreciated. That’s why we’ve made recognition a really high value. Our business is people-capability first; then you satisfy customers; then you make money.” ~David Novak

  4. “People want to know they matter and they want to be treated as people. That’s the new talent contract.” ~Pamela Stroko


  1. “Motivating employees to work at their full potential is the main premise of successful management.” ~Eraldo Banovac

  2. “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” ~Jack Welch


  1. “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~William Arthur Ward

  2. “If you fulfill the wishes of your employees, the employees will fulfill your visions.” ~Amit Kalantri

  3. “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” ~James Allen


  1. “If people did not compliment one another there would be little society.” ~Luc de Clapiers

  2. “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” ~Ronald Reagan

  3. “If you don’t create a great, rewarding place for people to work, they won’t do great work.” ~Ari Weinzweig

  4. I have always believed that the way you treat your employees is the way they will treat your customers, and that people flourish when they are praised. ~Sir Richard Branson


  1. "It's about getting the best people, retaining them, nurturing a creative environment & helping to find a way to innovate." ~Marissa Mayer
  This article is curated by Darsana Dutta who works as a Content Creator for Vantage Circle. She is a big time Human Resource Management enthusiast and she writes extensively on latest trends and best practices around Employee Engagement. She is a painter, a passionate book-worm and an Aquarian inundated by nature.
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