Employee Retention Employee Recognition

50 Words of Recognition For Your Employees


When was the last time you recognized your employees for their hard work? Chances are, not often enough. This global study spanning 15 years by O.C. Tanner reported that 79% of employees who quit their jobs cite a lack of appreciation as a key reason for leaving. Alarmingly, 65% of North Americans report that they weren’t recognized even once last year. Even we had a Wake Up Call in realizing we were not recognizing our own employees enough. 


Sometimes, it can be tough to remember to voice your appreciation for your team. Especially when working remotely, a well-crafted message helps employees feel valued at your company which boosts morale, increases happiness and satisfaction, and improves your Employer Brand. 


There is no such thing as too much genuine appreciation! Believe it or not, a study by Deloitte found that 85 percent of professionals want to hear “thank you” on a daily basis. Below, you'll find a few tips for how to write a great recognition message. Then, we've supplied a list of 50 examples to send to your employees or fellow colleagues to get you inspired. 


Things to Keep in Mind When Writing Your Message


State your purpose


Make sure they know why you are thanking them! Pinpointing what you appreciate about the person encourages them that they are working in the right direction.


Acknowledge the impact


They know why you appreciate them, but what impact does that have? A study conducted by Mercer found that employees strongly value working with a purpose. People who know their work makes an impact are more satisfied at their workplace and motivated to commit long term. 


Make it specific, timely, and consistent


How does their work make you feel? Here, you can craft the tone of your appreciation and your genuine sentiments. If someone performed well on a project, don’t leave time to waste, let them know now instead of a month later! When working hard, time can slip by but feedback is more important than you might think. In fact, a recognition program dramatically affects your retention rates and improves your ROI on employee salaries. Calculate your potential returns with this ROI Calculator.


Ready to get your creative juices flowing and show how much you care about your team? Let’s dive in.


Thanking an employee

From celebrating their skills, successes, or improvements, show support for your rockstar employees so they are enthusiastic to work for you. Use these as a starting point and personalize them to make a lasting impact.


  1. Each step of your hard work helps us go the extra mile. Thank you for your efforts!

  2. Your dedication on this project helped us achieve our goal. We couldn’t have done it without you.

  3. I noticed you worked hard to complete this deliverable. Well done! Enjoy a coffee on me.

  4. You took the reins and drove this initiative to success! You are truly an exemplary leader.

  5. Your attention to detail goes a long way. Your diligence ensured that this project went smoothly!

  6. I appreciate your thoughtful efforts to check in with our team during COVID-19. Thank you for looking out for us and creating a culture of community. 

  7. I knew from the minute I hired you that you would be an amazing addition, and you have worked hard to learn more skills!

  8. Great job on your performance and I look forward to growing further with you at our company.

  9. I know our recent workflow changes have been a huge adjustment for everyone lately. Thank you for being such an adaptable all-star!

  10. Thank you for your many years of dedication at our company. You and your meaningful contributions have always shone bright at our company. We value you and your hard work. 

  11. Your ambition inspires me. Thank you for helping our organization reach new frontiers.

  12. It is employees like you that make us successful. We value you and your great team work. 

  13. Learning remotely is always a challenge for us all. Your communication and determination make you a wonderful employee. Keep up the good work!

  14. Your knack to consistently encourage the team is truly commendable. Thank you for being inclusive of others and championing for their voices to be heard. 

  15. We truly value you at this company. Thank you for always going above and beyond.

  16. From start to finish, your initiative exceeded all expectations. We appreciate your hard work and dedication.

  17. I appreciate how solutions-oriented you are! Thank you for your creative strategies to achieve our goals. 

  18. Your ability to take every task seriously and execute them with great detail is spectacular. 

  19. Fantastic job with owning this challenge and learning this new skill! We appreciate your initiative and resourcefulness. 

  20. Has anyone told you how great you are to work with? Thank you for being a great part of the team!

  21. You are an invaluable employee to this organization. Thank you for your hard work. 

  22. I am proud of you for voicing your opinions during our meeting. Your comments were very insightful and made me reflect on our work. Thank you for sharing!

  23. Thank you for creating a positive environment at our organization. You are a true role model for our corporate values.

  24. Thank you for helping us pivot to an online workplace! We couldn’t have transitioned without stellar employees like you. 

  25. I recognize how much effort you have spent on this project. Thank you for your valuable contributions.


Thanking a Peer

A winning peer-to-peer recognition program  is an authentic way to make your workplace culture impactful and inclusive.


26. I am grateful to have you on my team. Kudos for always having great communication!

27. Thank you for making our team such a positive environment! Your optimism inspires me. 

28. Your skills are mind-bogglingly advanced! Thank you for being a great role model, I enjoy learning from you.

29. Thank you for helping me with this project. I appreciate that you took the time out of your busy day to explain the process to me. 

30. Thank you for showing interest in my initiative. You honestly made me feel like my ideas are valuable and worthy. 

31. Your hard work is unbeatable. Thank you for leading by example and motivating me. 

32. I am proud to work in such an accomplished team. Thank you for your wealth of knowledge, I have learned more than you will ever know from working with you. 

33. I appreciate you for always believing in my abilities. I am grateful for our encouragement through easy and difficult times. 

34. From the moment I started working for the company, I knew I was in the right place! Thank you for welcoming me as a new addition. I look forward to working with you.

35. Your communication and responsiveness makes working with you a true pleasure to work with you. This goes a long way while we work from home.

36. From your professionalism to your personality, thank you for being a wonderful person to work with.

37. Thanks for making this organization a fun place to be. Your enthusiasm and easygoing nature makes all the difference!

38. I am lucky to call you a colleague and friend. Thank you for all your support.

39. I appreciate your can-do attitude and motivating spirit. With you on our team, I am confident we can achieve anything.

40. I appreciate how diplomatic you are when we brainstorm new initiatives as a group. Thank you for taking time to listen to everyone. 

41. Thank you for always offering unique and thoughtful perspectives during our meetings. I often find myself reflecting on your ideas.

42. Your attention to detail is incredible, thank you for your work on this project. 

43. Implementing something new can be intimidating. Thank you for supporting this project and tackling the unknown with enthusiasm!

44.  Thank you for checking in on me as we work from home. I am grateful to know that you care how I am doing.

45. Your skills and work ethic are outstanding! I have a lot to learn from you in this field. 

46. Working with you has made me even more motivated to tackle new challenges. You are truly a pleasure to work with! Thank you for being a great teammate.

47. Your continuous support and encouragement is a large factor in why I love working here. I feel empowered to take on any challenge with you on my side.

48. I am so grateful for your expertise on this issue. Not only did you explain it well, but you empowered me to problem solve better in the future! Thank you. 

49. Thank you for listening to my feedback in our last meeting. I could tell that you honestly respect my perspectives.

50. Thank you for collaborating with me on this project. Your ability to listen and treat our team with respect helped make the process enjoyable. I look forward to working with you again!


Recognition Made Easy

Employees who feel supported and appreciated are enthusiastic to take professional leaps and trust their teammates. Now that you’ve gotten some ideas for how to express appreciation, take it a step further by creating an impactful employee recognition program. 


Guusto makes recognition simple and impactful!  Our free employee recognition platform streamlines manual processes, allows employees to nominate colleagues, provide budgets to employees, tracks all spending, and most importantly, drives employee engagement. It's not just about recognizing employees, it's about building a culture of recognition. Reach out to our team anytime if interested in learning more.


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What's Next?

Employee recognition is especially impactful when your employees are working from home. Over several months, they may need extra support to boost morale and avoid burnout. Join us next time to explore How to Avoid Work-From-Home Burnout. We will cover the following topics:


  • What contributes to remote work-from-home burnout
  • Strategies that work for our employees
  • How to support your team virtually


Hope you’ll join us for the discussion. Is there something you want to explore further? Leave a comment below or connect with me on LinkedIn. 

Muucho Guusto,


Skai Dalziel

Written by Skai Dalziel

Skai is the Co-Founder of Guusto. He leads the Customer Success Team, and loves helping HR leaders build workplace culture by sharing his experiences from working with thousands of companies.