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.     

Aristotle

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.     

Buddha

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

On what high-performing companies should be striving to create: A great place for great people to do great work.     

Marilyn Carlson

Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.     

Stephen R. Covey

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

Simon Sinek

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

Employee engagement is the emotional commitment the employee has to the organization and its goals.     

Kevin Kruse

When a person is engaged, dedication to their craft, desire to achieve, and relentless commitment to make a difference is palpable. You can see it, hear it, and feel it…and it is contagious!     

Kevin E. Phillips

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.     

Scott Blanchard

It's about getting the best people, retaining them, nurturing a creative environment & helping to find a way to innovate.     

Marissa Mayer

Happy employees ensure happy customers. And happy customers ensure happy shareholders—in that order.     

Simon Sinek

To build a culture of engagement it is important to incorporate training on intrinsic motivation and employee engagement into management development programs.     

Kenneth Thomas

Engaged employees are in the game for the sake of the game, they believe in the cause of the organization.     

Paul Marciano

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

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

People leave when they don't feel appreciated. That's why we've made recognition a really high value. Our business is people-capability first; then you satisfy customers; then you make money.     

David Novak

Average companies give their people something to work on. In contrast, the most innovative organizations give their people something to work toward.     

Simon Sinek

You can't inspire and lead people without earning their attention. You achieve that in a counter-intuitive way – by paying close attention to what interests them.     

Phil Dourado

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

To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace.     

Doug Conant

The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity.     

Tom Peters

If you hire people just because they can do a job, they'll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they'll work for you with blood, sweat, and tears.     

Simon Sinek