10 Employee Recognition Quotes to Foster Inspiration

Employee Experience 3 min read

Employee recognition is easy. It means paying attention to the good stuff and calling it out. It’s as simple as an authentic “Thank you,” or an employee-run rewards system. Because of it, employees feel seen, valued, and proud.

But to stressed higher-ups, employee recognition can seem like another grueling task to maintain. With a heavy workload, inspiration falls way, way down to the “I’ll-get-to-it-later” pile.

The Catch-22? Great business begins each moment with and sustains continued growth through inspiration. To reconnect you with the spirit of happiness at work, we’ve consulted ten wise and encouraging figures from the past and present. Inspire yourself and create new employee recognition quotes of your own to motivate and inspire your employees with these ten passages.

“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, Think and Grow Rich


“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
Mother Teresa,  peace activist


“There is no need to search; achievement leads to nowhere. It makes no difference at all, so just be happy now! Love is the only reality of the world, because it is all One, you see. And the only laws are paradox, humor and change. There is no problem, never was, and never will be. Release your struggle, let go of your mind, throw away your concerns, and relax into the world. No need to resist life, just do your best. Open your eyes and see that you are far more than you imagine. You are the world, you are the universe; you are yourself and everyone else, too!”
Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives


“We recreate the circumstances we can’t handle over and over until – finally – we choose a different way to behave that solves the problem…But you can’t train yourself to do something new without attracting to yourself the circumstances in which to actually do it…From very humble beginnings, my life has exploded with passion, purpose, and prosperity. I say yes when I want to and no when I must, without feeling guilty. I was drifting on a gloomy highway to nowhere, and a book showed me how to shift gears, turn left, and speed up the freeway to success. Now every day is a glorious ride in the sun.”
Chellie Campbell, Expert in Financial Stress Reduction, author of Zero to Zillionaire.


“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 PressfieldThe War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles


“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”
Mahatma Gandhi, peace activist & freedom fighter


“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. It’s only later, when children are taught to compete, to strive to be better than others, that their natural light becomes distorted.”
― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections of the Principles of ‘A Course in Miracles.’


“Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.”
Doris Lessing, novelist.


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


“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
Albert Einstein, physicist