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


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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