Everyone likes to be praised for something they have done well. Surveys have shown that one of the things an employee values the most, is an acknowledgement when they have done good work. A simple thank you is normally enough but when they have done something above and beyond what is expected, then a personal letter or email is especially welcome. Being a valued member of a team engenders loyalty and worker satisfaction so don’t overlook the power of thank you.
*If you are giving them a company bonus as a reward then you might prefer the company bonus letter.
Letter of commendation – sample 1
Dear [employee name – first name if you know them well, or full name if not],
[I if a personal thank you / We if thanking on behalf of the company] would like to take this opportunity to say thank you very much for the work you did [name the project, piece of work here]. Our client was thrilled with the result and asked us to pass on their thanks to you which I/we are delighted to do.
It is employees like you that make our business a success and we couldn’t do it without you.
Again, congratulations for your hard work.
Letter of commendation – sample 2
Dear [employee name]
I wanted to say a big thank you for the help you gave me with [project / conference / designs etc]. We were up against a challenging deadline and I couldn’t have reached it without your hard work and dedication. I have made sure that [name of senior member of staff] is aware of your contribution too.
Your loyalty and have a go attitude are really appreciated.
[Your first name if appropriate]