How to Make an Employee Appreciation Speech

You're invited to make a speech recognizing a great employee. You want to show that employee how much you appreciate his hard work and you want your other employees to recognize your appreciation. This means a lot to employees, so take the time to really write a personal, glowing speech.

Thank all the people involved with setting the award up and making the day possible. Thank the employee, tell the him how important he is to your company and how much you appreciate all the hard work he has done.

Set out the standards for winning this award and sum up what the award means. Explain to the rest of the staff how the employee achieved this award. Explain how to win employee of the month. You want others to hear how they can achieve it, too.

Give examples of how he handled tough situations. Tell a specific story as an example and talk about the lesson the person learned and the lesson you, the employer, learned from this person.

List the employee's accomplishments and describe how each specific accomplishment affected the company. You want employees to understand the depth of your appreciation and to also realize that they can achieve the award someday.

Use jokes and humor in your speech. Make your employees laugh and feel relaxed while you explain the importance of good work. Employees will appreciate your light attitude and see you as a human they can relate to instead of just the boss. People will do their best work for employers they like.

End your speech by thanking the employee again for all the hard work done and reminding the rest of your employees of these accomplishments. Leave everyone feeling good at the end.

Practice saying your speech. Time the speech as you say it out loud so you know how much time you need.