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100 HR Quotes To Uplift And Motivate HR Professionals

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100 HR Quotes To Uplift And Motivate HR Professionals

As an HR professional, you might have come across hundreds of quotes to increase productivity, motivation, and so on. But have you ever come across quotes that focus solely on you? No? Well, you are in luck because we’ve compiled a list of incredible HR quotes for you to read right now!

We all need our regular doses of motivation to keep us going. Like Zig Ziglar rightly quoted, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That is why we recommend it daily.”

We live in a society with an abundance of inspiration available through podcasts, motivational videos, blogs, and more. It is entirely up to you which medium you prefer for getting your daily dose of motivation.

But in this unprecedented situation— all thanks to the novel Covid-19— all HR professionals are struggling with the new work challenges. They are working hard to push the boundaries in developing and strategizing new policies to accommodate remote employees.

Now, more than ever, HR professionals need to know that they are not alone in this struggle.

Thus, here are 100 amazing HR quotes to keep their spirits and enthusiasm strong

HR Quotes by Steve Wynne

1. Steve Wynne

Human Resource isn't a thing we do; it's the thing that runs our business.

2. Simon Sinek

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

3. Peter Schutz

Hire character. Train skill.

4. Steve Jobs

You cannot mandate productivity; you must provide the tools to let people become their best.

5. Jack Welch

HR should be every company's killer app. What could possibly be more important than who gets hired?

6. Lee Iacocca

Management is nothing more than motivating other people.

7. Mark Zuckerberg

Treat your employees right, so they won't use your internet to search for a new job.

8. Mark Hortsman

People and their behaviors are what deliver results to your organization. Not systems, not processes, not computers, not machines.

9. Doug Conant

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

HR Quotes by Rutvik Oza

10. Rutvik Oza

Accepted that we all are human resources, but we are humans first and resources later.

11. Ken Robinson

Human resources are like natural resources; they're often buried deep. You have to go looking for them; they're not just lying around on the surface. You have to create the circumstances where they show themselves.

12. Bill Gates

The key for us, number one, has always been hiring very smart people.

13. Lawrence Bossidy

I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day, you bet on people, not on strategies.

14. Julie Bevacqua

In order to build a rewarding employee experience, you need to understand what matters most to your people.

15. Renee West

You can have the best strategy and the best building in the world, but if you don't have the hearts and minds of the people who work with you, none of it comes to life.

16. Stephen Covey

So often, the problem is in the system, not in the people, and if you put good people in bad systems, you get bad results.

17. Robert Half

Time spent on hiring is time well spent.

18. Akio Morita

I emphasize this- no matter how good or successful you are or how clever or crafty, your business and its future are in the hands of the people you hire.

19. Phil Jackson

The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.

HR Quotes by Rob Silzer

20. Rob Silzer

Financial Resources may be the lifeblood of a company, but human resources are the brains.

21. David Ogilvy

If each of us hires people who are smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. But if each of us hires people who are bigger than we are, we shall become a company of giants.

22. Bob Nardelli

I absolutely believe that people, unless coached, never reach their maximum capabilities.

23. Craig A. Meadows

I enjoy the challenges of improving policies and procedures that will facilitate growth, maintain control and increase the success of our clients.

24. Richard Branson

Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.

25. Meghan Biro

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

26. Bill Gates

The competition to hire the best will increase in the years ahead. Companies that give extra flexibility to their employees will have the edge in this area.

27. Sara Blakely

Don't be intimidated by what you don't know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.

28. Thomas John Watson, Sr.

Recently, I was asked if I was going to fire an employee who made a mistake that cost the company 600,000. No, I replied. I just spent 600,000 training him. Why would I want somebody to hire his experience?

29. Mark Victor Hansen

The only waste of human resources is letting them go unused.

30. Kahlil Gibran

To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved but at what he aspires to.

31. Andrew Carnegie

You cannot push anyone up the ladder unless they are willing to climb.

32. Betty Bender

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

33. Thomas John Watson Sr.

Recently, I was asked if I was going to fire an employee who made a mistake that cost the company $600,000. No, I replied, I just spent $600,000 training him. Why would I want somebody to hire his experience?

34. Peter Schutz

Hire character. Train skill.

35. Sir Richard Branson

Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don’t want to.

36. Tina Fey

In most cases, being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way.

37. Elbert Hubbard

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.

38. John Cleese

If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.

39. Eleanor Roosevelt

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.

40. John Maxwell

The more seriously you take your growth, the more seriously your people will take you.

41. Dave Bookbinder

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

42. Hassan Choughari

The hardest challenge being an HR is that sometimes you have to be the LAWYER, the JUDGE, and the HANGMAN.

43. Mmanti Umoh

Without the right succession planning put to play in human resources, we build for the future without a future.

44. Sunday Adelaja

The wealth of time is the only wealth that is more valuable than human resources

45. Matthew Jeffrey

Recruitment IS marketing. If you’re a recruiter nowadays and you don’t see yourself as a marketer, you’re in the wrong profession

46. Bill Gates

The competition to hire the best will increase in the years ahead. Companies that give extra flexibility to their employees will have the edge in this area.

47. Max de Pree

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.

48. Tony Robbins

Any idiot can point out a problem… A leader is willing to do something about it! Leaders solve problems!

49. Ross Perot

Inventories can be managed but people must be led.

50. Seth Godin

Leadership is about giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.

51. Charles Kettering

High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.

52. Mary Kay Ash

If you’re good to your staff when things are going well, they’ll rally when times go bad.

53. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

What chance gathers she easily scatters. A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.

54. Bill Owens

True leadership lies in guiding others to success. In ensuring that everyone is performing at their best, doing the work they are pledged to do, and doing it well.

55. Lee Lacocca

Management is nothing more than motivating other people

56. Amit Kalantri

Children imitate their parents, employees their managers.

57. Tom Haak

Every good conversation starts with listening.

58. William Shakespeare

Brevity is the soul of wit.

59. Paul J. Meyer

Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success.

60. Rollo May

Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.

61. Peter Drucker

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.

62. Epictetus

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.

63. Sydney J. Harris

The two words’ information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.

64. François de la Rochefoucauld

We never listen when we are eager to speak

65. Byron Rivers

For effective communication think about how is your speech is perceived than in what you are actually saying.

66. Stephen R. Covey

When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective.

67. Lee Brown

Your ability to communicate is an important tool in the pursuit of your goals, whether it is with your family, your co-workers or your clients and customers.

68. Anonymous

If you think hiring professionals is expensive, try hiring amateurs.

69. Malcolm Forbes

Never hire someone who knows less than you do about what he’s hired to do.

70. Henry David Thoreau

Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for the love of it.

71. Arte Nathan

You can’t teach employees to smile. They have to smile before you hire them.

72. Howard Schulz

Hiring people is an art, not a science, and resumes can’t tell you whether someone will fit into a company’s culture.

73. Red Adair

If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur.

74. Paul Russell

Development can help great people be even better – but if I had a dollar to spend, I’d spend 70 cents getting the right person in the door.

75. Anonymous

You’re not just recruiting employees, but are sowing the seeds of your reputation.

76. Helen M. & P. Schubert

Ultimately, delivering strategy is about hiring the right people and motivating them to deliver results.

77. Nolan Bushnell

Hire for passion and intensity; there is training for everything.

78. Anonymous

A person who feels appreciated will always do more than what is expected.

79. Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

Some people today are wandering generalities instead of meaningful specifics because they have failed to discover and mine the wealth of potentials in them.

80. Venkat Kumaresan

They are not human resources. They are resourceful humans

81. Gyan Nagpal

In the modern, networked and symbiotic world we live in, people management is less about squeezing performance from the organized few and more about curating contribution from the limitless many.

82. Oran Tkatchov

In America, the average person will spend 90,000 hours at work, or about a quarter of his or her adult life. Job satisfaction, then, can have an enormous influence on quality of life.

83. Denise Wilkerson

Your role as an interviewer has a direct impact on each person you meet. Some candidates will be at a crossroad in their lives. Some candidates may want to make a career move. Others not so much. Some, through displacement or termination, have been placed in a position in which they are forced to make a change. We have all been there, whether through our own choice or the choice of someone else. We are forced into making a change, and change can be scary.

84. Lailah Gifty Akita

The glory of the youth is their strength. In a country, where the youth are deprived of work, what a waste of valuable human resources.

85. Eric Schmidt

But there is a golden rule to hiring that cannot be violated: the urgency of the role isn’t sufficiently important to compromise quality in hiring. In the inevitable showdown between speed and quality, quality must prevail.

86. Leyda Aleman

The good and the bad, the exhausting and the empowering, the wins and the losses...Every part of leadership has a bigger impact when we’re doing it for a greater purpose.

87. Janna Cachola

Systems and rules are guidelines, leadership is lifeline.

88. Kent Alan Robinson

Most people do not see their words as power.

89. Henrietta Newton Martin

Fifth wheel employees are those who are a result of the mistake made by the human resources wing, i.e. by recruiting wrong person to the wrong job just to fill in the vacancy and then expect better performance. Further such an employee is unable to put in his best and is just an additional mass available within the organization.

90. Peter Thiel

Recruiting should never be outsourced. Everyone at your company should be different in the same way.

91. Matshona Dhliwayo

Unleash the potential that is in another and you unleash the potential that is in you.

92. Angela Lynne Craig

The body may be bought with a paycheck but the heart is earned with a purpose.

93. James Pritchert

Every day is a training day and every event is a training event.

94. Nikhil Sharda

If you must then hire for passion first, experience second and credentials third. Then train those hired for directed passion, dropping the excess baggage and the whole process of unlearning. An entrepreneur is much like an architect shapping human resources into a well crafted power house.

95. Antonio Gramsci

It is in their interests to have a stable, skilled labour force, a permanently well-adjusted complex, because the human complex (the collective worker) of an enterprise is also a machine which cannot, without considerable loss, be taken to pieces too often and renewed with single new parts.

96. Tapan Singhel

I have more than 6670 employees spread across the length and breadth of the country who live and experience the brand ‘Bajaj Allianz’ everyday. I’d like to believe that these people are the company’s most valued brand ambassadors.

97. Paul Krugman

Incentives aren’t the only thing that matter for economic growth. Opportunity is also crucial, and extreme inequality deprives many people of the opportunity to fulfill their potential, and government programs that reduce inequality can make the nation as a whole richer by reducing that waste.

98. Booker T. Washington

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.

99. Arundhati Bhattacharya

In any merger, the biggest challenge is always integration of human resources because the people who are coming in have a lot of apprehension.

100. Hassanal Bolkiah

The development of our human resources is an area in which we need to do well as it is decisive in determining the success of our diversification programme.

Before you go

Strong leadership takes more than simply being able to manage and communicate with one’s team. It also requires the capability to adapt and improve oneself.

Being a leader necessitates a high level of enthusiasm and passion. The role of the HR department is multi-faceted and constantly changing on a day-to-day basis. This means remaining organized at all times is essential.

Even the employees look up to their HRs for inspiration. But we all need a push now and then to motivate us to work harder and set an excellent example for the rest of the team.

Bhaswati Roy

This article is written by Bhaswati Roy who is a Content Marketer at Vantage Circle. In her spare time, she can be found reading crime thrillers or scrolling through food apps, unable to pick what to eat next. For any related queries, contact editor@vantagecircle.com.