Whether it is their annual anniversary or the holiday season, finding the right words to give thanks to your employees is an important part of their job satisfaction. Here is a look at some good employee appreciation thank you messages and quotes that will give you the words to show your appreciation for your employee.
#1 Your dedication and drive are essential to the functionality of all that we do. I can’t begin to tell you how invaluable you are to the success that we’ve had and continue to have. Know that I see you and appreciate your continued efforts and hard work.
#2 I once read, “be so good they can’t ignore you.” At the time, I thought I was reading about me, but now I realize it was you. Your drive is unparalleled, and the quality of your work can never be overlooked. Forget good. You’re great.
#3 There is no “I” in team, and while I can re-arrange the letters to make a “me,” I don’t need to. YOU are the MVP of this team. With you, we are unmatched in our field. To my first draft pick, thank you for EVERYTHING you do for us.
#4 Elbert Hubbard has said, “the best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.” I didn’t understand the meaning of this until I worked with you. You’re one of the most diligent workers I have ever met – I bet you’re prepared for next week already!
#5 It’s not every day a boss gets to work with an All-Star. Unless you’re me, that is. I can’t thank you enough for all that you do for this company and me. We’re lucky to have you on our side.
#6 It has been said that “competition makes us faster, but collaboration makes us better.” Someone is clearly a showoff. Your drive and engaging nature have fostered a productive and positive work environment, elevating us all.
#7 I see the way you work, and impressed is an understatement. Listen, I know I’m the boss here, but I may need to start taking some pointers from you. Keep up the fantastic work, and try not to make me look too bad!
#8 If you aren’t proud of the work you do, then we need to talk. You are vital to each and every success we have. I mean it when I say that you are a one-of-a-kind of employee, and I am grateful to have such a dedicated person at my side.
#9 As a boss, Lee Iacocca says to “start with good people, lay out the rules, communicate with your employees…” I would go on, but I only wanted to point out that I have already succeeded because I started with you.
#10 It is refreshing to have a person as reliable as you in my corner. Your hard work and diligence have not gone unnoticed. The work and assistance you provide are top notch – as are you!
#11 Listen, I know you work for me but RELAX. Today I want to celebrate you, your character, work ethic, and demeanor. You truly make the office a pleasurable place to be and work.
#12 I cannot thank you enough for all your hard work. Alexander Graham Bell once said that the only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action. The success of your actions proves his words true. Your willingness to go the extra mile is appreciated. Kudos on a job well done.
#13 Thank you for all your work. I want to recognize you for not only your effort, but also the talent and initiative you demonstrate. You bring your A-game to every task, which leads us to win every time. That kind of work ethic can’t be taught. You’re an excellent staff member, and I appreciate all your effort.
#14 According to inventor Thomas Edison, the three great essentials to achieve what’s worthwhile are hard work, stick-to-itiveness, and common sense. I’m fortunate to have you as an employee with all three of those traits. Your contributions boost the success of the job, and I appreciate all you do. Thank you for a job well done.
#15 Congratulations on earning Employee of the Month. You have a habit of working hard and taking initiative. You’re an extraordinary member of the staff, and I’m happy to take this opportunity to recognize you for your efforts. You demonstrate your value every day. Thank you, and keep up the good work.
#16 I want to take a moment to let you know what a great job you’re doing. I appreciate all the hard work you’re putting in and the initiative you’ve shown. Your work has been outstanding, and I’m glad to have you on staff. Kudos to you, and I look forward to seeing what comes next.
#17 I heard a quote that made me smile. Stephen King said, “Talent is cheaper than table salt.” He said that what separates the talented from the successful is hard work. I’m thankful to have you as an employee because you demonstrate both traits every day. Knowing I can rely on you makes me smile more than that quote did. Well done.
#18 Thank you for consistent hard work. You come in with a positive attitude, ready to meet the challenges of the job. Between taking initiative and dedicating yourself to the task, you create an environment of success. That kind of effort is exactly what I need. Well done, and keep up the good work.
#19 Congratulations on earning the title of Employee of the Month. If this job could describe this job as a race, you’d be the top runner. Even in the marathon of the work you do, you go the extra mile. It takes stamina and dedication to perform at your level, and I appreciate your added efforts. Kudos on a race well run.
#20 A cheetah can boost its speed up to seventy miles an hour in a matter of seconds. It’s that kind of explosive effort needed when unexpected challenges disrupt the regular workflow. You handle yourself with extraordinary speed and efficiency in any crisis, and I’m grateful for your work. Congratulations on being an exemplary employee.
#21 Steve Jobs writes, “If you look really closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” His words reflect your work ethic perfectly. Your long-term effort made your success look simple, but I know how hard you work. I understand the sacrifices you make to get the job done. Thank you for all your time and dedication.
#22 When we are young, we’re told to expect the unexpected. Through rough winds and choppy waves, we persevere. I know with you on our side, we’re on the right path. You’ve always steered us well. Thank you for your tenure here.
#23 Some people are great at one thing. Many are good at some things. But your desire to accomplish your goals puts you in a different category. You’ve shown yourself to be an invaluable member of our workforce. Thank you for striving for improvement all this time.
#24 Your initiative and drive inspire us all, and your hard work deserves recognition. Too often, the people who work the hardest aren’t properly honored. I’d like to change that today and express how deeply grateful I am for your continued commitment to the company.
#25 The level of work you’ve delivered has been impressive and consistent. I’ve seen you give your best self to anything that required your attention. Your effort and zeal will not be overlooked. For a job so very well done, thank you.
#26 You have been a great employee and role model for others. Those are qualities always found in a great leader. You’ve led by example for past and future employees. Your effort is much appreciated, so let me say: Thank you for your focus and attention to your job.
#27 Your work helped build this company, and you continue to propel us into the future. I can’t tell you where I would be if it weren’t for the tireless commitment you’ve given to your position. Long hours and tight deadlines were never a match for you. Thank you so much for being on our team.
#28 People who work like you get things done, and I want to express my sincere gratitude for your hard work. Every employer needs someone they can count on, and I’ve never thought twice about relying on you. May you always receive the credit you deserve. Thank you.
#29 You’ve given us your best, so we give our best to you. I don’t know what all of this would be if you weren’t as driven. More than that, your self-application ignites a fire in each of us to do better. Thank you for all the work you have done.
#30 They say good work is quiet work. That may be true, but the credit you get should be loud and high-spirited. You’ve been truly vital to our success and continued growth, and for that, I’d like to express my sincerest gratitude. Thank you for your hard work.
#31 You always showed up for us, even when things didn’t go as planned. Who would’ve known that you, right from the start, were changing our team for the better. I want to express my deepest gratitude to you, for your past, present and future contributions.
#32 I would just like to commend you on your contribution to our workplace. Being reliable and always willing to get the work done is very important. You always strive to meet the deadlines that are presented to you. I thank you for being such a great asset to this business.
#33 Working with you is an absolute pleasure. You are always ready to achieve another goal with excellence. You make this workplace a great environment, always willing to put that extra effort into all you do. I would like to take this moment to thank you.
#34 It is a pleasure to work alongside you. You always strive for the best in everything you do. No job is too big for you, and you will always endeavor to complete the tasks given to you, on time. Thank you for your dedication.
#35 Your reliability and hard work are greatly appreciated by those who work with you. Your willingness to get the job done with excellence is admired by me. I would like to take the time to thank you for the contributions you make to this workplace.
#36 I would like to thank you for your commitment to our company. You help make it a great environment to work in. Your dedication and enthusiasm are great attributes, as is your attention to detail. These qualities are essential to the work we do here. Well done.
#37 I would like to thank you for the work that you do here every day. It makes it easier to get the job done, as you are always ready to complete every task fully. Knowing that I can rely on you at all times is a great quality to have in the workplace. Thank you again.
#38 The quality of work that you complete is astounding. It is always done with complete professionalism. You are always willing to listen to other coworkers’ ideas before you voice your own. I would like to thank you for your dedication and for being a great team player.
#39 I would like to let you know that the extra effort you put in every day has not gone unnoticed. Your attention to detail and unfaltering work ethic is refreshing to have in this particular job. Thank you for being a great employee.
#40 It is an absolute pleasure working with you. Nothing is too much to ask, and your work is always done on schedule and completed with excellence. You are a great asset to our workplace, and I wish to thank you for your dedication to our business.
#41 I am very fortunate to have you working for us. Your cheerful disposition makes this workplace a great environment to be in every day. The enormous effort you put into this job is very commendable and appreciated. Thank you for all you do to make this an enjoyable and productive workplace.
#42 I often take for granted some of the work that you do for me. But I want you to know that you are a diamond of an employee. I couldn’t be more thrilled to have you by my side. We wouldn’t be the successful company we are today without your insights and hard work.
#43 When I thought I was going to have to tackle my goals alone, I had no idea I would find you. I want to personally thank you for taking the initiative and the risk to work with me on this project. Kudos for a job well done. You deserve it.
#44 They told me that to beat the competition, I would need to outthink and outsmart my rivals. But what they didn’t know was that I had an ace in my pocket and that all bets were on having you on my team. Your outstanding performance has knocked everybody out. Thanks for all your efforts.
#45 Some people say I often wear rose-colored glasses and don’t notice what is standing right in front of me. Maybe that’s true sometimes, but I want you to know that I see all your hard efforts and everything you have done to put us at the top of our niche. Kudos to you for being a champion.
#46 Steve Jobs once said it’s better to be a pirate than to join the Navy, and I couldn’t agree more. You have proven to me what loyalty and leadership look like from the eye of a pirate, and I couldn’t be more thankful to know you always have my back. You’re an outstanding employee.
#47 When you joined me on my business adventure, I didn’t realize how strong of an asset you truly were. Since the beginning, I have admired your strength and ability to get the job done. I consider myself one of the luckiest bosses on the planet, with you on my team.
#48 Just as water is considered the driving force of all nature, you are the driving force behind my company’s success. Without you, I don’t think I would be on the right path. I don’t tell you often enough just how valuable you are to me. Thank you for always being there.
#49 There are many roads that one can choose to travel to get to any destination. I am grateful that you decided to take the road that brought you to my business. Without your hard work and dedication, I would not be where I am today. Thank you.
#50 When looking to hire somebody new, you never really know how it will turn out until it has taken its course. With you, I knew from the day I met you that you were special. You have challenged me in ways that nobody else ever imagined. You’ve lit my fire and made me stronger. For that, I thank you.
#51 When I first thought about starting this business, I had no idea what the future would hold. I was scared that I might fail, that was until the day I hired you. I want you to know that you are a rock in this foundation, and it’s my honor to call you Employee of the Month.
Best Quotes for Your Employee Appreciation Thank You Messages
“Let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.”
“Talent is never enough. With few exceptions the best players are the hardest workers.”
“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”
“Let the rest do whatever, while you do whatever it takes.”
“The world belongs to the energetic.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Sweat plus sacrifice equals success.”
“There is no substitute for hard work.”
“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.”
“Success is dependent upon the glands – sweat glands.”
“Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.”
“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”
“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”
“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”
“The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.”
“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”
“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”
“Without labor nothing prospers.”
“I’ve got a theory that if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.”
“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.”
“The future depends on what you do today.”
“Small sacrifices must be made.”
“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.”
“Great success requires greater sacrifice.”
“The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Work is the key to success, and hard work can help you accomplish anything.”
“Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.”
“Success isn’t given, it is earned. On the track, on the field, in the gym. With blood, sweat, and the occasional tear.”
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
“In baseball and in business, there are three types of people. Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened.”
“Great achievement always requires great sacrifice.”
“Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission.”
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
“Good things happen to those who hustle.”
“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.”
“It is a clear gain to sacrifice pleasure in order to avoid pain.”
“Be humble. Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room.”
“True success requires sacrifice.”
“Are you ready to sacrifice who you are, for what you will become.”
“The good life is to be earned with hard work and sacrifice.”
Dr. T.P. Chia
“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.”
“There can be no progress, no achievement without sacrifice.”
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”
“To ease another’s heartache is to ease one’s own.”
“We must want for others, not ourselves alone.”
“How much easier is self-sacrifice than self-realization.”
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”
“The purpose exceeds the pain.”
“Power means happiness; Power means hard work and sacrifice.”
“Let us sacrifice one day in order to gain our whole lives, perhaps.”
“Price ain’t merely about numbers. It’s a satisfying sacrifice.”
“You must pay the price if you wish to secure a blessing.”
“If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat.”
“Who will sacrifice nothing, and enjoy all, is a fool.”
Johann Kaspar Lavater
“Some succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed because they are determined to.”
Henry Van Dyke
“Success necessitates sacrifice.”
“There is no success without sacrifice.”
“All great achievements require time.”
“If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.”
“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”
“It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.”
“It isn’t sacrifice if you love what you’re doing.”
“Self-development is a higher duty than self-sacrifice.”
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
“But sometimes, in order to win, you have to make sacrifices.”
“Every sacrifice is another color of your rainbow.”
Cass van Krah
“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.”
“Don’t sacrifice who you could be for who you are.”
Jordan B. Peterson
“A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.”
“Quality is much better than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.”
“Talent wins games but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”
“Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Without pain, without sacrifice, we would have nothing.”
“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory.”
“All great things worth having require great sacrifice worth giving.”
“If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.”
“Success is a function of persistence and doggedness and the willingness to work hard for twenty-two minutes to make sense of something that most people would give up on after thirty seconds.”
“If a man is called a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and Earth will pause to say, Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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