A recognition thank you letter includes references to the specific act or behavior being recognized, positive results from the actions and genuine praise for the letter's recipient. The note should also include personal, unique language in a handwritten or email format.
Thank you notes for recognition should be given in a timely manner to the event or actions of the recipient. Notes may be sent from executives and supervisors as well as managers and co-workers. In a business setting, thank you notes of recognition from upper level management should be formal or semi-formal, with a closing such as "Regards." Co-workers may send informal thank you letters that close with "Thanks again." Letters may also be sent on behalf of an entire team or department.
In addition to providing an employee with a sense of satisfaction and appreciation, a recognition thank you letter helps create workplace motivation, boosts employee morale and encourages employees to maintain positive feelings about the company and its goals. Thank you letters for recognition also point out the behaviors that an employer wishes the recipient to continue demonstrating at work. Some businesses provide a bonus check or another token of appreciation along with the letter when appropriate.