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Top 100 Employee Appreciation Quotes To Inspire Leaders

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Last Updated on 22 July, 2021
Top 100 Employee Appreciation Quotes To Inspire Leaders

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

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

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

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% of 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 frequent and timely.

The above data suggest that employee appreciation shouldn’t be limited to numbered days of the year. Infact, you should embed it 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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The perfect employee doesn’t exist. They are nurtured.

And the following Employee Appreciation Quotes will tell you the same story

  1. Recognition is not a scarce resource. You can't use it up or run out of it.
    ~ Susan M. Heathfield
  1. Paychecks can’t buy passion.
    ~ Brad Federman
  1. 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
  1. No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important.
    ~ Mary Kay Ash
  1. Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.
    ~ William Arthur Ward

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  1. Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.
    ~ Randy Pausch
  1. The way your employees feel is the way your customers will feel.
    ~ Sybil F. Stershic
  1. 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
  1. Recognition is the greatest motivator.
    ~ Gerard C Eakedale

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  1. 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
  1. All employees have an innate desire to contribute to something bigger than themselves.
    ~ Jag Randhawa
  1. 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
  1. People want to know they matter, and they want to be treated as people. That’s the new talent contract.
    ~ Pamela Stroko

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  1. Motivating employees to work at their full potential is the main premise of successful management.
    ~ Eraldo Banovac
  1. 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. Life isn’t about getting and having; it’s about giving and being.
    ~ Kevin Kruse
  1. If you fulfill the wishes of your employees, the employees will fulfill your visions.
    ~ Amit Kalantri
  1. No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.
    ~ James Allen

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  1. If people did not complement one another, there would be little society.
    ~ Luc de Clapiers
  1. 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

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

  1. 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

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  1. Good manners are cost-effective. They not only increase the quality of life in the workplace, they contribute to employee morale, embellish the company image, and play a major role in generating profit.
    ~ Letitia Baldrige
  1. When you see validation for a life's work and dedication, it's a beautiful day.
    ~ Mary Gauthier
  1. I kick off every monthly team meeting with 'core value stories' - team members stand up and recognize how another team member exemplified a core value.
    ~ Jennifer Hyman
  1. Most coaches' attention to detail is very good; it's their job. They have to analyze teams, and they have to analyze their own team.
    ~ Toni Duggan
  1. On a personal level, I send out about 20 thank-you notes a day to staffers on all levels. And every six weeks I have lunch with a group of a dozen or so employees, to get their perspective on the business, to address problems and to get feedback.
    ~ Douglas Conant

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  1. You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on life.
    ~ Zig Ziglar
  1. It's very inexpensive to give a compliment.
    ~ Joyce Meyer
  1. Feedback is the breakfast of champions.
    ~ Ken Blanchard
  1. Keep your eyes open and try to catch people in your company doing something right, then praise them for it.
    ~ Tom Hopkins
  1. Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.
    ~ Arthur Conan Doyle
  1. A brave man acknowledges the strength of others.
    ~ Veronica Roth
  1. Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.
    ~ Margaret Cousins
  1. Employees who report receiving recognition and praise within the last seven days show increased productivity, get higher scores from customers, and have better safety records. They're just more engaged at work.
    ~ Tom Rath
  1. Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.
    ~ Stephen R. Covey
  1. Recognize and affirm people when they contribute to the mission you share. Do this, and you will ignite their purpose and potential.
    ~ Mike Byam
  1. What gets recognized gets reinforced, and what gets reinforced gets repeated.
    ~ Anonymous
  1. A culture of gratitude helps people realize how truly fortunate they are and instills a desire to pay that forward.
    ~ Karl Sun
  1. Nothing is more effective than sincere, accurate praise, and nothing is more lame than a cookie-cutter compliment.
    ~ Bill Walsh
  1. Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person - not just an employee - are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.
    ~ Anne M. Mulcahy
  1. The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.
    ~ Charles Schwab
  1. Good work requires an appreciation of the value of routine, ordinary, mundane rhythms of doing what needs to be done, each day and each week, thoroughly and with care.
    ~ Gordon T. Smith
  1. You become strong by lifting others up, not pulling them down.
    ~ Matshona Dhliwayo
  1. Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
    ~ Voltaire
  1. You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.
    ~ Jim Stovall
  1. I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
    ~ Maya Angelou
  1. A boss wants to pay for results, an employee wants recognition for effort. If a boss recognizes effort, they will get even better results.
    ~ Simon Sinek
  1. When an employee truly understands the meaning of his work and gets recognition for his efforts, he performs the best.
    ~ Abhishek Ratna
  1. A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.
    ~ Jim Rohn
  1. Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.
    ~ Michael Jordan.
  1. To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace.
    ~ Doug Conant
  1. People work for money but go the extra mile for recognition, praise and rewards.
    ~ Dale Carnegie
  1. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
    ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  1. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.
    ~ Aristotle
  1. Mary Kay knew that when you put people first and then surround them with processes and disciplines that recognize their efforts, performance will soar.
    ~ David C. Novak
  1. You’ve got to get your team to not only understand your company brand, but also to understand their personal brand.
    ~ Amber Hurdle
  1. Realize that employees and the customers both have to be engaged, at the same time, to move your business forward for sustainable success.
    ~ Robert G. Thompson
  1. In behavioral economic terms, when we offer recognition we are acknowledging that the recipients have met a social ideal. They are behaving in a certain manner because they believe is the right thing to do. If we then recognize that behavior with praise or appreciation, we offer a confirmation that their behavior is desirable, and do so in a manner that recipients find meaningful.
    ~ Cindy Ventrice
  1. When a manager recognizes an employee’s behavior, personally and sincerely, both feel proud, gratified, and happy. There’s a human connection that transcends the immediate culture to create a shared bond. The power of this bond is stronger than you might think; indeed, it’s the power that holds together great organizational cultures.
    ~ Erik Mosley and Derek Irvine
  1. Correction does much, but encouragement does more.
    ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  1. What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise — although the philosophers generally call it ‘recognition’!
    ~ William James
  1. Praise does wonders for our sense of hearing.
    ~ Arnold H. Glasow
  1. Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune.
    ~ Sam Walton
  1. Note how good you feel after you have encouraged someone else. No other argument is necessary to suggest that never miss the opportunity to give encouragement.
    ~ George Adams
  1. Being told something positive about yourself, whether from someone you’re close to, or a passing acquaintance, should really lift the spirits. Just the fact that someone has taken the time to let you know, should have you feeling noticed and appreciated.
    ~ Paul Bailey
  1. I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
    ~ G.K. Chesteron
  1. Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.
    ~ Alan Cohen
  1. Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life.
    ~ Northrup Christiane
  1. Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.
    ~ Jacques Maritain
  1. It is a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation.
    ~ Roberto Benigni
  1. People want to be appreciated, cared for, loved, trusted, and respected. But they also want to be understood, and if you master the skills to achieve that, you truly become exceptional.
    ~ Joe Navarro
  1. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.
    ~ Fred De Witt Van Amburgh
  1. At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
    ~ Albert Schweitzer
  1. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say thank you to everyone you meet for everything they do for you.
    ~ Brian Tracy
  1. The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.
    ~ William Blake
  1. If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.
    ~ W. Clement Stone
  1. I think you need to love giving compliments as much as you love receiving them.
    ~ Yami Gautam
  1. I was very pleased with your kind letter. Until now I never dreamed of being something like a hero. But since you’ve given me the nomination I feel that I am one.
    ~ Albert Einstein
  1. Thanks will be a worthless word until a person tells it from heart. When a person thanks someone with full heart then the word will be big and worthy word and will have full meaning to the person. Or else it will remain small and valueless word if a person says it just for saying.
    ~ Salman Aziz
  1. Don’t forget, a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.
    ~ H. Jackson Brown Jr.
  1. It does not matter who is in your team, what matters is who they will become because of you.
    ~ Sunday Adelaja
  1. Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots.
    ~ Frank A. Clark
  1. Everybody is looking for validation, no matter who you are, and I think that's a need of the human condition - to look for affection or recognition or validation.
    ~ Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
  1. People want to be understood and respected as individuals. Years ago, an executive editor of mine said, ‘You should count the number of times you praise somebody and then double that.’ Even the toughest, steeliest writer or editor often really wants to be told, ‘Hey, that was a great piece.’ Early in my career as a manager, it probably took me a while to realize that everyone wants that. It’s just a human need.
    ~ Cindi Leive
  1. Make sure everybody in the company has great opportunities, has meaningful impact and is contributing to the good of the society.
    ~ Larry Page
  1. People are the most important thing. Business model and product will follow if you have the right people.
    ~ Adam Neumann
  1. What we need to do is always lean into the future; when the world changes around you and when it changes against you- what used to be your tail wind is now your head wind. You have to lean into that and figure out what to do, because complaining isn’t a strategy.
    ~ Jeff Bezos
  1. Treat your employee right so they won’t use your Internet to look for new jobs.
    ~ Mark Zuckerberg
  1. Productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker but of the manager.
    ~ Peter F. Drucker.
  1. Every employee can affect your company’s brand, not just the frontline employees that are paid to talk to your customers.
    ~ Tony Hsieh
  1. Treat your employees like an investment, not a cost.
    ~ Dan Sullivan
  1. Good management consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.
    ~ John D. Rockefeller
  1. At the end of the day, you bet on people, not on strategies.
    ~ Lawrence Bossidy
  1. In order to build a rewarding employee experience, you need to understand what matters to your people.
    ~ Julie Bevacqua
  1. Human resources isn’t a thing we do. It’s a thing that runs our business.
    ~ Steve Wynn
  1. Being told you’re appreciated is one of the simplest and most uplifting things you can hear.
    ~ Sue Fitzmaurice

Wrapping it up

Whenever you see an employee work harder and go the extra mile, remember to acknowledge their effort. Without due appreciation, the “feel good” factor that they gain will vanish. Suddenly, you have an incredibly disengaged employee at your hands.

We hope you liked our collection of the best employee appreciation quotes and they inspired and encouraged you to be a better leader.

This article is written by Darshana Dutta. She works as a Content Creator and Digital Marketer at Vantage Circle. She writes extensively on trends around employee engagement and transforming company culture. For any related queries, contact

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