50 Quotes for Employee Recognition

Employee Engagement
October 12, 2019
Natasha Shetty

The quality of relations between an employer or management and employees decides the success of any organization. Nowadays, a company has to engage in best management practices to ensure these relationships needs to be well nurtured through timely and frequent employee recognition. Failure to do so can lead to attrition and employee dissatisfaction. This has a cascade effect, that will end up leading to your organization wasting a lot of money on fresh recruitment and training new staff.

To avoid such expenses and loss of productivity, it’s vital to realize the importance of employee recognition. Here are some quotes for employee recognition by some of the greatest entrepreneurs, writers and management experts of the world.

Quotes for Employee Recognition

Personally, I believe every manager or business owner should bear these quotes in mind. They can boost staff morale and increase productivity.

Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group.

  1. “Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of the employees, they’ll take care of the clients.”
  2. “If you get the right mix of people working for the company, it will have a far greater chance of success.”
  3. “Success in business is all about people, people, and people. Whatever industry a company is in, its employees are its biggest competitive advantage.”
  4. Your employees are your company’s real competitive advantage. They’re the ones making magic happen so long as their needs are being met.”

Steve Jobs. Founder. Apple Inc.

  1. “Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.”
  2. “People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”
  3. “It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do. We hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.”
  4. “To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace.”
  5. “We hire people who want to make the best things in the world.”

Mary Kay Ash. Founder. Mary Kay Cosmetics

  1. “Everyone wants to be appreciated. So if you appreciate someone, don’t keep it a secret.”
  2. “We treat our people like royalty. If you honor and serve the people who work for you, they’ll honor and serve you.”

Lee Iacocca. Former Chairman. Chrysler & Former President. Ford

  1. “Start with good people, lay out the rules, communicate with your employees, motivate them and reward them. If you do all these things effectively, you can’t miss.”
  2. “In the end, all management can be reduced to three words: people, products and profits. People come first.”
  3. “I hire people brighter than me and then I get out of their way.”
  4. “Teamwork is how everyday people achieve remarkable goals.”

Henry Ford. Founder. Ford Motors

  1. “One thing worse than training your employees and having them leave is not training them and having them stay.”
  2. “Coming together is the beginning, keeping together is progress and working together is success.”
  3. “It’s not usual to speak of an employee as a partner, and yet, what else is he?”
  4. “If everyone is moving forward then success takes care of itself.”
  5. “Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.”

General George Patton. American Army General

  1. “You don’t tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they’ll surprise you with their results.”
  2. “If a man does his best, what else is there?”

Adam Neumann. Founder. WeWork

  1. “People are the most important thing. Business model and product will follow if you have the right people.”

Larry Page. Cofounder. Google

  1. “Make sure everybody in the company has great opportunities, has meaningful impact and is contributing to the good of the society.”

Mark Zuckerberg. CEO, Facebook

  1. “Treat your employee right so they won’t use your Internet to look for new jobs.”

Employee Recognition Quotes by Famous People

Amber Hurdle, CEO, AHC

  1. “You’ve got to get your team not only to understand the company brand but also to understand their personal brand.”

Jeff Bezos, Founder, Amazon

  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.”

Peter F. Drucker. Management Consultant

  1. “Never push loyal people to the point where they don’t give a damn.”
  2. “Productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker but of the manager.”

Jack Welch. Ex-Chairman and CEO. GE

  1. “If I had to run a company on three measures, those measures would be customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction and cash flow.”

Sybil F. Stershic. American Author

  1. “The way your employees feel is the way your customers feel. And if your employees don’t feel valued, neither will your customers.”

Andrew Carnegie. Businessman & Founder, Carnegie- Mellon University

  1. “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments towards organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”

Tony Hsieh. CEO, Zappos

  1. “Every employee can affect your company’s brand, not just the frontline employees that are paid to talk to your customers.”

Michael Jordan. American Basket Ball Player

  1. “Talent wins games but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”

Jack Ma. Cofounder. Alibaba Group

  1. “You need the right people with you. Not the best people.”

John F. Kennedy. Former President of USA

  1. “You know one person can make a difference and everyone should try.”

JRD Tata. Indian Industrialist

  1. “Nothing worthwhile is ever achieved without deep thought and hard work.”

Dhirubhai Ambani. Indian Business Magnate

  1. “Essentially whoever is successful, whoever is going to do things that make a difference is going to be talked about.”

Dan Sullivan. American Senator

  1. “Treat your employees like an investment, not a cost.”

John D. Rockefeller. Founder. Standard Oil Co

  1. “Good management consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.”

Anne M. Mulcahy. Former CEO. Xerox

  1. “Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person- not just employees- are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees means satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.”

Elbert Hubbard. American Writer

  1. “One machine can do the work of 50 ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.”

Bill Gates. Founder. Microsoft

  1. “I always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job. Because he’ll find an easier way to do it.”

Lawrence Bossidy. American author. Former COO, General Electric

  1. “Nothing we do is more important than hiring people. At the end of the day, you bet on people, not on strategies.”

Julie Bevacqua. CMO. QuickMobile

  1. “In order to build a rewarding employee experience, you need to understand what matters to your people.”

Steve Wynn.  CEO. Wynn Resorts Ltd

  1. “Human resources isn’t a thing we do. It’s a thing that runs our business.”

Dr. Stephen R. Covey. Author & Motivational Speaker

  1. “Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customer.”

Peter Thiel. Cofounder. PayPal

  1. “You’ll attract the employees you need if you can explain why your mission is compelling. Not why it’s important in general but why you’re doing something important that no one else is going to get done.”

Warren Buffett. CEO. Berkshire Hathaway Corp & Management Expert

  1. “It’s not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results.”

Howard Schultz. CEO. Starbucks

  1. “Treating employees benevolently shouldn’t be viewed as an added cost that cuts into profit, but as a powerful energizer that can grow the enterprise into something far greater than the leader could envision.”

Wrap Up

These quotes by top business personalities, industry leaders and other eminent personalities clearly indicate the importance of employees for an organization. These quotes would prove very useful for employee recognition at your company.

Originally published on
October 12, 2019
Updated on
December 28, 2020
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