50+ Inspirational Quotes for Engaging Employees

Create a happier, more engaged & productive work environment with these 40+ inspirational quotes. Employees will feel passion and show commitment to their job.

It’s easy to see why so many companies are struggling to engage their employees. Between crushing competition, constant business disruptions, and the changing needs of the workforce, it seems like difficult to achieve perfectly engaged and productive employees.  

However, there are quotes that can inspire employees and help them take ownership of their work experience.

Here are 50+ inspirational quotes for engaging employees

“To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace.” - Doug Conant
“In union there is strength.” – Aesop    
“When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.” - Simon Sinek
“Your number one customers are your people. Look after employees first and then customers last.” - Ian Hutchinson
“Success is best when it’s shared.” – Howard Schultz     
“We are more powerful when we empower each other.”       
“Business and human endeavors are systems... We tend to focus on snapshots of isolated parts of the system. And wonder why our deepest problems never get solved.” - Peter Senge, 
“A group of people get together and exist as an institution we call a company so they are able to accomplish something collectively that they could not accomplish separately – they make a contribution to society, a phrase which sounds trite but is fundamental.” - David Packard
“Build a team so strong you don’t know who the boss is.”  
“Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person – not just an employee – are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.” - Anne M. Mulcahy
“On what high-performing companies should be striving to create: A great place for great people to do great work.” - Marilyn Carlson
“Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds.” – Unknown
“In teamwork, silence isn’t golden, it’s deadly.” – Mark Sanborn
“There are only three measurements that tell you nearly everything you need to know about your organization’s overall performance: employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and cash flow. It goes without saying that no company, small or large, can win over the long run without energized employees who believe in the mission and understand how to achieve it.” - Jack Welch
“The way your employees feel is the way your customers will feel. And if your employees don’t feel valued, neither will your customers.” - Sybil F. Stershic
“Many candles can be kindled from one candle without diminishing it.” – Midrash
“Culture is about performance, and making people feel good about how they contribute to the whole.” - Tracy Streckenbach 
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb
“People want to know they matter and they want to be treated as people. That’s the new talent contract.” - Pamela Stroko 
“The nicest thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.” – Margaret Carty         
“Employee engagement is the art and science of engaging people in authentic and recognized connections to strategy, roles, performance, organization, community, relationship, customers, development, energy, and happiness to leverage, sustain, and transform work into results.” - David Zinger
“The greatest asset of a company is its people.” – Jorge Paulo Lemann
“Give them a vision, not the task, and the job will be done very effectively.” - Unknown
“Accept the fact that we have to treat almost anybody as a volunteer.” – Peter Drucker
“When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.” – Betty Bender
“Take time to appreciate employees and they will reciprocate in a thousand ways.” – Lee Lacocca
“We think it’s important for employees to have fun… it drives employee engagement.” –Tony Hsieh
“Everyone wants to be appreciated, so if you appreciate someone, don’t keep it a secret.” – Mary Kay Ash
“Some companies don’t have an engagement problem, they have a hiring problem.” –Bob Kelleher
“Employees engage with employers and brands when they’re treated as humans worthy of respect.” – Meghan M. Biro
“Your number one customers are your people. Look after employees first and then customers last.” – Ian Hutchinson
“Take our 20 best people away, and I will tell you that Microsoft will become an unimportant company” – Bill Gates
“Employee engagement is the emotional commitment the employee has to the organization and its goals.” – Kevin Kruse
“The leader needs to create an environment in which people can analyze the situation and develop a good response.” – Bill Gates
quotes about engaging employees

“Happy employees ensure happy customers. And happy customers ensure happy shareholders—in that order.” – Simon Sinek
“Motivating employees to work at their full potential is the main premise of successful management.” – Eraldo Banovac
“Environments that support their employees in the right way will naturally foster employee engagement.” – Aaron Tucker
“Engaged employees are in the game for the sake of the game; they believe in the cause of the organization.” – Paul Marciano, PhD
“On what high-performing companies should be striving to create: A great place for great people to do great work.” – Marilyn Carlson
“Employee engagement is the extent to which your employees feel connected to and motivated by the work that they do.” – Janine N.Truitt
“Employees engage with employers and brands when they’re treated as humans worthy of respect.” - Meghan M. Biro
“Connect the dots between individual roles and the goals of the organization. When people see that connection, they get a lot of energy out of work. They feel the importance, dignity, and meaning in their job.” - Ken Blanchard 
“Employee engagement is all about maximizing employee productivity by creating the right conditions to motivate employees to contribute their maximum effort, skills, and knowledge.” – Guy Ellis
“Engaged employees stay for what they give (they like their work); disengaged employees stay for what they get (favorable job conditions, growth opportunities, job security).” - Blessing White
“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.” – Peter Thiel
“Turned on people figure out how to beat the competition, Turned off people only complain about being beaten by the competition.” - Ben Simonton
“It all came down to employee engagement. It all came down to recognition. It all came down to leadership, which led to every sailor feeling ownership and accountability for the results. You can ask a team to accomplish a mission but you can’t order excellence.”–Mike Abrashoff
“Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.” - Stephen R. Covey
“Highly engaged employees make the customer experience. Disengaged employees break it.” - Timothy R. Clark
“Dispirited, unmotivated, unappreciated workers cannot compete in a highly competitive world.” - Francis Hesselbein
“Leaders engage their teams by giving them a sense of purpose, providing them opportunities to develop and advance, and putting them into positions where they can be successful.” – Gordon Tredgold
“Everyone enjoys doing the kind of work for which he is best suited.” - Napoleon Hill
“Research indicates that workers have three prime needs: Interesting work, recognition for doing a good job, and being let in on things that are going on in the company.” - Zig Ziglar
“Throw yourself into some work you believe in with all you heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.” - Dale Carnegie
“When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.” - Betty Bender
Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. - Thomas Jefferson
There are only three measurements that tell you nearly everything you need to know about your organization’s overall performance: employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and cash flow. - Jack Welch

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. - Steve Jobs

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. - Henry Ford

Quality performance starts with a positive attitude. - Jeffrey Gitomer

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. - Mark Twain

Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. - Og Mandino

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. - Tony Robbins

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. - Theodore Roosevelt

Motivation will almost always beat mere talent. - Norman Ralph Augustine

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. - Colin Powell

In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity. - Albert Einstein

The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. - Winston Churchill

There are no traffic jams along the extra mile. - Roger Staubach

Too many irons, not enough fire. - S. Kelley Harrell

Throw yourself into some work you believe in with all you heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours. - Dale Carnegie

There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. - Aristotle

Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. -George Addair

Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. - John D. Rockefeller

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. - Steve Jobs

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. - Robert Louis Stevenson

It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. - Abraham Lincoln

Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. - Jim Rohn

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose. - Bill Gates

A clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot. It has to go through the white heat of the furnace to become porcelain. - Mildred Struven

A single leaf working alone provides no shade. - Chuck Page

I hope the millions of people I’ve touched have the optimism and desire to share their goals and hard work and persevere with a positive attitude. - Michael Jordan

Everything yields to diligence. - Thomas Jefferson

Either we’re a team or we aren’t. Either you trust me, or you don’t. - Ally Carter

When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute. - Simon Sinek

If you can laugh together, you can work together. - Robert Orben

If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. - Vincent Van Gogh

Trying is winning in the moment. - Dan Waldschmidt

If two men on the same job agree all the time, one is useless. If they disagree all the time, both are useless.- Darryl F. Zanuck

Embrace the pain to inherit the gain. - Habeeb Akande

Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. - Buddha

Do the things you like to be happier, stronger & more successful. Only so is hard work replaced by dedication. - Rossana Condoleo

Don’t Let Yesterday Take Up Too Much of Today. - Will Rogers

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear. - Rosa Parks

In union there is strength. - Aesop

If you try and lose then it isn’t your fault. But if you don’t try and we lose, then it’s all your fault. - Orson Scott Card

If you work hard and study hard. And you fuck up. That’s okay. If you fuck up and you fuck up, then you’re a fuckup. - Justin Halpern

Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean. - Ryunosuke Satoro

Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds.- SEAL Team

Whatever you are, be a good one. - Abraham Lincoln

Synergy — the bonus that is achieved when things work together harmoniously. - Mark Twain

If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself. - Henry Ford

Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.- Sam Levenson

If I told you I’ve worked hard to get where I’m at, I’d be lying, because I have no idea where I am right now. - Jarod Kintz

Either you run the day, or the day runs you. - Jim Rohn

Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see. - Confucius

The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team. - Phil Jackson

Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right. - Henry Ford

Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection. - Mark Twain

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. - Helen Keller

Be a user of your own product. Make it better based on your own desires. But don’t trick yourself into thinking you are the user. - Evan Williams

It is amazing how much people can get done if they do not worry about who gets the credit. - Sandra Swinney

All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work. - Calvin Coolidge

If your dream is a big dream, and if you want your life to work on the high level that you say you do, there’s no way around doing the work it takes to get you there. - Joyce Chapman

Inspiration is the windfall from hard work and focus. Muses are too unreliable to keep on the payroll. - Helen Hanson

It doesn’t take strength to win. It takes the true heart of the team to win. - Emily Voyles
What we dwell on is who we become. - Oprah Winfrey

It is not a question of how well each process works; the question is how well they all work together. - Lloyd Dobens

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my tenacity. - Louis Pasteur

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit. - Aristotle

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. - Albert Einstein

There is little success where there is little laughter. - Andrew Carnegie

If you're going through hell, keep going. - Winston Churchill

If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you. - Steve Jobs

In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not. - Albert Einstein

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them yourself. - Eleanor Roosevelt

You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.  - Henry Ford

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. - Michael Jordan

If you don’t burn out at the end of each day, you’re a bum. - George Lois

Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It is courage that counts. - Winston Churchill

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’am, ‘Certainly I can! - Theodore Roosevelt

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. - Henry Ford

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. - Eleanor Roosevelt

It is amazing how much you can accomplish when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit. - Harry S. Truman

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. - Theodore Roosevelt

A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle. - Proverb

I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough. - Marissa Mayer

We must all learn not only to not fear change, but to embrace it enthusiastically and, perhaps even more important, encourage and drive it. - Tony Hsieh

Fall seven times and stand up eight. - Japanese Proverb

Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.  - Jamie Paolinetti

Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve. - Mary Kay Ash

Criticism is the best sign you’re onto something. - Micheal Lopp

The one thing I learned is to just give everything a shot. You don’t want to live in regret. - Chloe Kim

Life is about making an impact, not making an income.- Kevin Kruse

Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right. -Theodore Roosevelt
I don’t have a blue-collar job. It’s more of a green collar, because of all the yellow sweat stains mixing in. -Jarod Kintz

Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. - Joshua J. Marine

I do not care about happiness simply because I believe that joy is something worth fighting for. -Criss Jami

Great things are done by a series of small things done together. - Vincent van Gogh

I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. -Florence Nightingale

Goodness and hard work are rewarded with respect. - Luther Campbell

No great achiever – even those who made it seem easy – ever succeeded without hard work. -Jonathan Sacks

What differentiates sellers today is their ability to bring fresh ideas. -Jill Konrath

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. -Arthur Ashe

Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy. -Robert Hall

One piece of log creates a small fire, adequate to warm you up, add just a few more pieces to blast an immense bonfire, large enough to warm up your entire circle of friends; needless to say, that individuality counts but team work dynamites. - Jin Kwon

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily. -Zig Ziglar

No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it. -H.E. Luccock

Only cooked time tastes well.- Dr. Zeeshan Ahmed

Change is hard work. - Billy Crystal

Do or do not. There is no try. -Yoda

Create with the heart; build with the mind. - Criss Jami

Nobody’s a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It’s hard to stay on top. -Unknown

Once you have commitment, you need the discipline and hard workto get you there. - Haile Gebrselassie

Patience can be bitter but her fruit is always sweet. - Habeeb Akande

The smarter the question, the lesser the guessing. - Aniekee Ezekiel

Strength lies in differences, not in similarities. - Stephen R Covey

Sometimes it takes a lowly, title-less man to humble the world. Kings, rulers, CEOs, judges, doctors, pastors, they are already expected to be greater and wiser. - Criss Jami

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence. -Vince Lombardi

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. -Alexander Graham Bell

Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. - Saint Francis

Start with the end in mind. - Stephen Covey

Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude. - Zig Ziglar

Research indicates that workers have three prime needs: Interesting work, recognition for doing a good job, and being let in on things that are going on in the company. - Zig Ziglar

What differentiates sellers today is their ability to bring fresh ideas. -Jill Konrath

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. - Og Mandino

You can’t be productive when you are not happy. - DJ Kyos

I have never worked a day in my life without selling. If I believe in something, I sell it, and I sell it hard. - Estée Lauder

Hurry and impatience are sure marks of the amateur. - Evelyn Underhill

Stand on your inner strength, shovel today’s challenges for your tomorrow’s freedom. - Aniekee Ezekiel

Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers. - Stephen R Covey

Outstanding people have one thing in common: An absolute sense of mission. - Zig Ziglar

To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace. -Doug Conant

Nothing in life comes easy. - Unknown

The best revenge is massive success. - Frank Sinatra

When I meet successful people, I ask about 100 questions to find out who they attribute their success to. It is usually the same: persistence, hard work and hiring good people. - Kiana Tom

You were hired because you met expectations, you will be promoted if you can exceed them. - Saji Ijiyemi

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. - Stephen К Covey

We have everything that we need in order to be successful. - Felecia Hatcher

Talent is what God gives us; Skill is what we give back to Him. - Eliel Pierre

The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side. - Margaret Carty

The first thing that has to be recognized is that one cannot train someone to be passionate–it’s either in their DNA or it’s not. -Richard Branson

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward. - Amelia Earhart

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. - Stephen King

We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action. - Dr. Henry Link

I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done. - Lucille Ball

Focus only on one task at hand. - Vivek Naik

Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them. - David Allen

A project goal is like a joke. If you have to explain it, it is not good or fun. - Gerry Geek

Beware of monotony; it's the mother of all deadly sins. - Edith Wharton

The Man Who Has Confidence in Himself Gains the Confidence of Others. - Hasidic Proverb

The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work. - Harry Golden

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Wishing is not enough; we must do. - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle, and giving 110% all the time. - Don Zimmer

Talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything. -Patrick Suskind

Accept failure as part of the process. - Unknown

The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. - Kurt Koffka

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. - C.S. Lewis

Leadership belongs to those who take it. - Sheryl Sandberg

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. - Thomas Edison

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. - Thomas Paine

We are really competing against ourselves. We have no control over how other people perform. - Pete Cashmore

We May Encounter Many Defeats but We Must Not Be Defeated. - Maya Angelou

We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way. - George S. Patton

Become the person who would attract the results you seek. - Jim Cathcart

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. - Thomas Edison

Change before you have to. - Jack Welch

Human beings have an innate inner drive to be autonomous, selfdetermined, and connected to one another. And when that drive is liberated, people achieve more and live richer lives. - Daniel Pink

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. - Benjamin Franklin
There is always room at the top. - Daniel Webster

It’s not about having the right opportunities. It’s about handling the opportunities right. -Mark Hunter

If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all? - Joe Namath

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. - William James

The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer. - John Madden

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. - Jimmy Johnson

Appreciate everything your associates do for the business. Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune. - Sam Walton

Often any decision, even the wrong decision, is better than no decision. - Ben Horowitz

You are where you are and what you are because of yourself, nothing else. -Brian Tracy

Fortune favors the bold. - Virgil

The elegance under pressure is the result of fearlessness. - Ashish Patel

Don’t interpret anything too much. This is time waster number one. - Dee Dee Artner

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. - Frank Herbert

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist. - Pablo Picasso

If you don’t give up on something you truly believe in, you will find way. - Roy T. Bennett

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. - Anais Nin

Teamwork is so important that it is virtually impossible for you to reach the heights of your capabilities or make the money that you want without becoming very good at it. - Brian Tracy

The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team. - John Wooden

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. -Amelia Earhart

Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. -John R. Wooden

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. - Beverly Sills

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me. - Erma Bombeck

When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality. - Joe Paterno

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. - Ayn Rand

Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice. - Wayne Dyer

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. - Babe Ruth

Lean in, speak out, have a voice in your organization, and never use the word 'sorry. - Trish Bertuzzi

Nothing is impossible; the word itself says 'I'm possible! - Audrey Hepburn

There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but the way out is through. - David Allen

Its aim’s over 'til it's over.  - Yogi Berra

Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting. - Christopher Morley

If you want to get a meaningful result: create something very complex, and then simplify it. - Gerry Geek

The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. - Bruce Lee

You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you. - Barack Obama

A goal is a dream with a deadline. - Napoleon Hill

Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. -Vince Lombardi

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. - Vince Lombardi

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. -Napoleon Hill

Productiveness is your acceptance of morality. -Ayn Rand

If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try. - Seth Godin

If you don’t give people a chance to fail, you won’t innovate. If you want to be an innovative company, allow people to make mistakes. - Indra Nooyi

If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. - Malcolm X

You can have all the potential in world, but unless you have confidence, you have nothing. - Tyra Banks

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. - Lao Tzu

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. - Maya Angelou

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. - Walt Disney Company

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. - Napoleon Hill

What we truly need to do is often what we most feel like avoiding. - David Allen

High expectations are the key to everything. - Sam Walton

It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results. - Warren Buffett

I got lucky because I never gave up the search. Are you quitting too soon? Or are you willing to pursue luck with a vengeance? -Jill Konrath

If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on. - Sheryl Sandberg

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. - Wayne Gretzky

Well done is better than well said. - Benjamin Franklin

You just can't beat the person who never gives up. - Babe Ruth

If you don’t understand, ask questions. If you’re uncomfortable about asking questions, say you are uncomfortable about asking questions and then ask anyway. It’s easy to tell when a question is coming from a good place. Then listen some more. - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do. - Francine Jay

To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way. -Corita Kent

Why do anything unless it is going to be great? - Peter Block

Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest. - Leo Babauta

If you really want the key to success, start by doing the opposite of what everyone else is doing. - Brad Szollos

What’s measured improves. -Peter Drucker

Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make. - Corita Kent

You just have to keep driving down the road. It’s going to bend and curve and you’ll speed up and slow down, but the road keeps going. - Ellen Degeneres

Getting the right people and the right chemistry is more important than the right idea. -Ed Catmull


It is crucial for employers to provide their employees with the tools and resources they need to be successful. Providing encouragement and support can go a long way towards increased employee motivation and a positive team culture. These quotes provide some good food for thought on how to engage our employees in any organization. 


What does it mean to engage employees?

Engaging employees in a workplace is a way to maximize productivity and increase employee happiness. It also means that the company has a higher chance of retaining quality employees.

Engaging employees can be done in many ways. The conventional ways are by giving them job perks such as free food and drinks, credits, coupons and flexible working hours. Another way is by having company retreats or team building events that allow for socializing and strengthening bonds between co-workers.

How do you motivate and engage employees?

There are a few tried and tested methods that seem to work best. One of the most popular methods is gamification which has been used by companies such as Disney, PepsiCo, and Nike. This process entails making tasks more competitive by awarding points or point cards for completing certain tasks or set goals. 

The more common methods among upstart companies to keep employees engaged include, focussing on creating a culture of transparency, providing opportunities for professional development, and offering opportunities for promotion. On the other hand, organizations must be aware of the balance between too much feedback and too little feedback.

Does employee engagement really make a difference?

Organizations invest a lot of time and energy into employee engagement, but empirical evidence is mixed whether it really makes a difference. Indeed, some research has shown that the benefits of engagement are limited to certain organizations and industries. However, there are many others studies which show that more engaged employees lead to better performance throughout an organization. The consensus among business leaders is that employee engagement is an important factor in determining the success of any business. When employees are engaged, they feel valued and they enjoy their work more which helps them be more productive.

Who is responsible for employee engagement?

The directives for employee engagement are usually set by the HR department, and they conduct most of the company-wide engagement and team building activities. However, the buck doesn’t stop with human resources, because engagement is not a destination, it’s a journey and all team leaders, irrespective of their job description should contribute to this process.  

What does an employee engagement specialist do?

Employee engagement specialists work with companies to help make a positive workplace a reality. They help a company identify areas in which improvement is needed and come up with strategies to reduce turnover. 

Employee engagement specialists should have people skills, be able to work independently, and understand the company's needs from its owner's perspective. Good employee engagement specialists provide all the necessities of a job, and they also work with employees to create tenure goals for each individual. Employee engagement specialists work directly with employees to determine what will motivate them and help them feel good about coming to work. This is done by conducting surveys, holding focus groups, and communicating with managers to find out what is on employees' minds. Another aspect of their job is to figure out why employees are unhappy or unproductive.

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