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100 Employee Engagement Quotes To Reinvent The Modern Workplace

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Last Updated on 22 July, 2021
100 Employee Engagement Quotes To Reinvent The Modern Workplace

Employee engagement is that one aspect that can either propel a company to new heights or cause havoc on its bottom line. This is illustrated in our collection of employee engagement quotes from great leaders and personalities.

We cannot coerce Employee engagement. Instead, it requires constant effort and a positive attitude.

You might have employees who are disengaged and less motivated towards their work and that can be a big concern.

  • 27% of employees would accept a new job if they get the opportunity to do more meaningful work.
  • Highly engaged business teams result in a 21% greater profitability.
  • Organizations with high employee engagement outperform those with low employee engagement by 202%.

It's an open secret that engagement is vital in a workplace and the above data just proves the point.

So, we've compiled a list of the top 100 employee engagement quotes to help you understand why it's so important in the workplace.


  1. To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace
    ~ Doug Conant
  1. Highly engaged employees make the customer experience. Disengaged employees break it.
    ~ Timothy R. Clark
  1. Employee engagement is the emotional commitment the employee has to the organization and and its goals.
    ~ Kevin Kruse
  1. ...You have to want to be engaged. There has to be deep-seated desire in your heart and mind to participate, to be involved, and to make a difference. If the desire isn’t there, no person or book can plant it within you.
    ~ Tim Clark
  1. 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


  1. To build a culture of engagement it is important to incorporate training on intrinsic motivation and employee engagement into management development programs.
    ~ Kenneth Thomas
  1. 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 be yours.
    ~ Dale Carnegie
  1. The only way to do great work is to love what you do.
    ~ Steve Jobs
  1. When leaders throughout an organization take an active, genuine interest in the people they manage, when they invest real time to understand employees at a fundamental level, they create a climate for greater morale, loyalty, and yes, growth.
    ~ Patrick Lencioni
  1. Everyone talks about building a relationship with your customer. I think you build one with your employees first.
    ~ Angela Ahrendts


  1. If you fulfill the wishes of your employees, the employees will fulfill your visions.
    ~ Amit Kalantri
  1. Take time to appreciate employees and they will reciprocate in a thousand ways.
    ~ Bob Nelson
  1. 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
  1. 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
  1. Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.
    ~ Stephen R. Covey


  1. Everyone enjoys doing the kind of work for which he is best suited.
    ~ Napoleon Hill
  1. On what high-performing companies should be striving to create: A great place for great people to do great work.
    ~ Marilyn Carlson
  1. It’s about getting the best people, retaining them, nurturing a creative environment and helping to find a way to innovate.
    ~ Marissa Mayer
  1. The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity.
    ~ Tom Peters
  1. 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


  1. Appreciate everything your associates do for the business. Nothing else can quite substitute for a well-choosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune.
    ~ Sam Walton
  1. We think it’s important for employees to have fun.. It drives employee engagement.
    ~ Tony Hsieh
  1. It all came down to employee engagement. It all came down to recognition. It all came down to leadership, which led every sailor feeling ownership and accountability for the results. You can ask a team to accomplish a mission but can’t order excellence.
    ~ Mike Abrashoff
  1. Turned on people figure out how to beat the competition, Turned off people only complain about being beaten by the competition.
    ~ Ben Simonton
  1. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.
    ~ Aristotle


  1. Employees engage with employers and brands when they’re treated as humans worthy of respect.
    ~ Meghan M. Biro
  1. Employees who believe that engagement 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
  1. The way your employees feel is the way your customers will feel.
    ~ Sybil F. Stershic
  1. 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
  1. Employee engagement is an investment we make for the privilege of staying in business.
    ~ Ian Hutchinson
  1. It’s sad, really, how a negative workplace can impact our lives and the way we feel about ourselves. The situation is reaching pandemic heights – most people go to work at jobs they dislike, supervised by people who don’t care about them, and directed by senior leaders who are often clueless about where to take the company.
    ~ Leigh Branham and Mark Hirschfeld
  1. 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
  1. 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
  1. 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
  1. This is the only country in the world where today’s employee is tomorrow’s employer.
    ~ Marco Rubio
  1. Culture is about performance, and making people feel good about how they contribute to the whole.
    ~ Tracy Streckenbach
  1. People want to know they matter and they want to be treated as people. That’s the new talent contract.
    ~ Pamela Stroko
  1. Dispirited, unmotivated, unappreciated workers cannot compete in a highly competitive world.
    ~ Francis Hesselbein
  1. 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
  1. When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.
    ~ Betty Bender
  1. I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among men the greatest asset I possess. The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement.
    ~ Charles Schwab
  1. Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.
    ~ Buddha
  1. Don’t build a company, build a family
    ~ Anonymous
  1. Paychecks can’t buy passion.
    ~ Brad Federman
  1. The greatest asset of a company is its people.
    ~ Jorge Paulo Lemann
  1. Give them a vision, not the task, and the job will be done very effectively.
    ~ Anonymous
  1. Accept the fact that we have to treat almost anybody as a volunteer.
    ~ Peter Drucker
  1. Take time to appreciate employees and they will reciprocate in a thousand ways.
    ~ Lee Lacocca
  1. Everyone wants to be appreciated, so if you appreciate someone, don’t keep it a secret.
    ~ Mary Kay Ash
  1. Some companies don’t have an engagement problem, they have a hiring problem.
    ~ Bob Kelleher
  1. Take our 20 best people away, and I will tell you that Microsoft will become an unimportant company
    ~ Bill Gates
  1. Motivating employees to work at their full potential is the main premise of successful management.
    ~ Eraldo Banovac
  1. Environments that support their employees in the right way will naturally foster employee engagement.
    ~ Aaron Tucker
  1. Engaged employees are in the game for the sake of the game; they believe in the cause of the organization.
    ~ Paul Marciano
  1. Employee engagement is the extent to which your employees feel connected to and motivated by the work that they do.
    ~ Janine N.Truitt
  1. Customers do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they’ll take care of your customers.
    ~ Richard Branson
  1. Engaged employees are psychological “owners,” drive performance and innovation, and move the organization forward.
    ~ Gallup Report 2017
  1. In the current volatile and uncertain environment, engaged employees are an essential component not just for success, but perhaps for survival.
    ~ Nigel Paine
  1. The key element of engagement is trust; building trust requires companies to provide workers with as much autonomy and flexibility as possible.
    ~ Matt Charney
  1. Employee engagement is the degree to which an employee feels that they are truly part of a company, have a voice in its decisions and feels respected.
    ~ Darryl Dioso
  1. Employee Engagement is about the willingness of people to be responsible for more than their own job. People who are engaged go to the extra mile.
    ~ David Ducheyne
  1. Engagement occurs when workers trust leaders and feel an emotional connection to the organization – the same way they did their first day on the job.
    ~ Jill Christensen
  1. 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
  1. 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
  1. Employee Engagement is often misunderstood to mean happiness or contentment but it really boils down to something more complex that all employees, managers and the c-suite care about.
    ~ Amber Lloyd
  1. 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
  1. Disappointing, unstoppable, unnecessary, workers cannot compete in a highly competitive world.
    ~ Francis Haselben
  1. Your job is to discover your work and then give it to yourself wholeheartedly.
    ~ Wisdom
  1. Build a caring and strong relationship between every employee and their work, customers, leaders, managers, and the organization that results in this sentence for all.
    ~ David Ginger
  1. Leaders give their teams a sense of purpose, give them opportunities to grow and grow, and place them in positions where they can succeed.
    ~ Gordon Troggold
  1. Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person – and not just an employee – are more productive, more productive, more complete. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.
    ~ Anne M. Mulkahi
  1. Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.
    ~ Anonymous
  1. There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life — reciprocity.
    ~ Confucius
  1. Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.
    ~ Seneca
  1. We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.
    ~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  1. For every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action...
    ~ James Russell Lowell
  1. I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.
    ~ Maya Angelou
  1. You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
    ~ Kahlil Gibran
  1. What we have done for ourselves alone, dies with us; what we have done for others and the world, remains and is immortal.
    ~ Albert Pike
  1. You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give
    ~ Anonymous
  1. Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.
    ~ Anonymous
  1. Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful.
    ~ Anonymous
  1. One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.
    ~ Malayan proverb
  1. By appreciation we make excellence in others belong to us as well.
    ~ Voltaire
  1. Something that has always puzzled me all my life is why, when I am in special need of help, the good deed is usually done by somebody on whom I have no claim.
    ~ William Feather
  1. Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone...
    ~ G. B. Stern
  1. It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference.
    ~ Tom Brokaw
  1. You may not have saved a lot of money in your life, but if you have saved a lot of heartaches for other folks, you are a pretty rich man.
    ~ Seth Parker
  1. We take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.
    ~ Cynthia Ozick
  1. A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.
    ~ John Wooden
  1. The people closest to me determine my level of success or failure. The better they are, the better I am. And if I want to go to the highest level, I can do it only with the help of other people. We have to take each other higher.
    ~ John C. Maxwell
  1. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
    ~ John Quincy Adams
  1. What you do has far greater impact than what you say.
    ~ Stephen Covey
  1. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.
    ~ Carl Jung
  1. A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could.
    ~ Anonymous
  1. If a man is to shed the light of the sun upon other men, he must first of all have it within himself.
    ~ Romain Rolland
  1. Behind every great leader, at the base of every great tale of success, you will find an indispensable circle of trusted advisors, mentors, and colleagues.
    ~ Anonymous
  1. The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.
    ~ Max DePree
  1. The real damper on employee engagement is the soggy, cold blanket of centralized authority. In most companies, power cascades downwards from the CEO. Not only are employees disenfranchised from most policy decisions, they lack even the power to rebel against egocentric and tyrannical supervisors.
    ~ Gary Hamel
  1. To paraphrase Einstein, insanity is expecting employees to do one thing while rewarding them for doing something else.
    ~ Robert G. Thompson


Employee engagement is an ever-changing parameter. The more time you devote to learning about it, the better you will be at leading your team.

These employee engagement quotes serve as a timely reminder that a workplace where employees are free to be themselves is a workplace where people are more engaged.

Mrinmoy Rabha is a content writer and digital marketer at Vantage Circle. He is an avid follower of football and passionate about singing. For any related queries, contact

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