20 Inspiring Quotes for Your Employee Recognition Program

Lauren Deegan

Every successful CEO or executive has a knack for business, but they don’t all have a knack for words. You know that the right words are essential to employee praise, but maybe you’re not a poet, and that’s just fine. Here are 20 inspiring quotes that you can use as part of a daily employee recognition program or to add the finishing touch to your next custom award from Cristaux.

Quote to Inspire Employees at Every Level

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”
– Aristotle

“Throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.”
– Dale Carnegie

“This is the only country in the world where today’s employee is tomorrow’s employer.”
– Marco Rubio

“Before success comes in any man’s life, he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat, and, perhaps, some failure. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do. More than five hundred of the most successful men this country has ever known told the author their greatest success came just one step beyond the point at which defeat had overtaken them.”
– Napoleon Hill

“Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him.”
– Wayne W. Dyer

“A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for every flower. You didn’t have to struggle to make your face different than anyone else’s on earth. It just is. You are unique because you were created that way. Look at little children in kindergarten. They’re all different without trying to be. As long as they’re unselfconsciously being themselves, they can’t help but shine.”
– Marianne Williamson

“Dream more than others think practical…Expect more than others think possible.”
– Howard Schultz

“Everyone wants to be appreciated, so if you appreciate someone, don’t keep it a secret.”
– Mary Kay Ash

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
– Steve Jobs

“Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.”
– Buddha

Quotes to Inspire True Leaders

“Your number one customers are your people. Look after your employees first and then customers.”
– Ian Hutchinson

“When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.”
– Simon Sinek

“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

“There are only three measurements that tell you nearly everything you need to know about your organization’s overall performance: employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and cash flow. It goes without saying that no company, small or large, can win over the long run without energized employees who believe in the mission and understand how to achieve it.”
– Jack Welch

“Appreciate everything your associates do for the business. 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

“Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”
– Steven Pressfield

“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.”
– Max DePree

“Employee engagement is the art and science of engaging people in authentic and recognized connection to strategy, roles, performance, organization, community, relationship, customers, development, energy, and happiness to leverage, sustain, and transform work into results.”
– David Zinger

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