Employee Engagement Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old employee engagement quotes, employee engagement sayings, and employee engagement proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Paychecks can't buy passion.     

Brad Federman

Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don't have the first, the other two will kill you. You think about it; it's true. If you hire somebody without [integrity], you really want them to be dumb and lazy."     

Warren Buffett

Employees engage with employers and brands when they're treated as humans worthy of respect.     

Meghan Biro

Create caring and robust connections between every employee and their work, customers, leaders, managers, and the organization to achieve results that matter to everyone in this sentence.     

David Zinger

The value of a business is a function of how well the financial capital and the intellectual capital are managed by the human capital. You'd better get the human capital part right.     

Dave Bookbinder

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


People want to know they matter and they want to be treated as people. That's the new talent contract.     

Pamela Stroko

An engaged employee understands what to do to help her company succeed, she feels emotionally connected to the organization and its leaders, and she is willing to put that knowledge and emotion into action to improve performance, her own and the organization's.     

Julie Gebauer & Don Lowman

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

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

Dale Carnegie

Highly engaged employees make the customer experience. Disengaged employees break it.     

Timothy R. Clark

Culture is about performance, and making people feel good about how they contribute to the whole.     

Tracy Streckenbach

Your number one customers are your people. Look after employees first and then customers last.     

Ian Hutchinson

Brand is how others see you, culture is how you see yourself.     

Curt Coffman

It is never an idea, technology, market forces, or access to capital that makes a company innovative. What differentiates an innovative company from an average company is the people working inside the company.     

Jag Randhawa

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

You can't sell it outside if you can't sell it inside.     

Stan Slap

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

Steve Jobs

Employee engagement is an investment we make for the privilege of staying in business.     

Ian Hutchinson

It's impossible to win the hearts and minds of people unless you clearly establish goals and values and reward people if they act in a way that leads to the fulfilment of those objectives.     

F. Robert Salerno

our work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.     


There are many ways to motivate people to do things, but loyalty comes from the ability to inspire people.     

Simon Sinek

This is a no-brainer: Every leader, every CEO wants engaged employees. After all, an engaged employee is a happy employee, and happy employees produce.     

Jeff Boss

The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.     

Theodore Roosevelt

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 Mulcahy

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

Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish.     

Sam Walton

It is equally important to know if we have a happy and engaged workforce as it is to have a profitable bottom line.     

Vern Dosch

When people go to work, they shouldn't have to leave their hearts at home.     

Betty Bender

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