50 Employee Engagement Quotes

It’s no secret that employee engagement is important. High levels of engagement promote employee retention, foster relationships, and improve organizational performance. But what exactly is employee engagement? According to Forbes, employee engagement is the emotional commitment an employee has to their company and its goals.

Despite popular belief, employee engagement is not the same thing as employee happiness or employee satisfaction. And even though organizations say they prioritize employee engagement, only one-third of U.S. employees say they’re actually engaged at work. The good news? Companies can drastically improve employee engagement through recognition, leadership, training, and team-building efforts.

We’re obsessed with employee engagement here at Lessonly, and we want to help spark employee engagement at your company, too. That’s why we put together a list of the best employee appreciation quotes and motivational quotes for employees. We hope these employee quotes from business leaders, authors, and even fictional characters inspire you to rethink your employee engagement activities and efforts. 

Leadership Quotes

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”—Ronald Reagen

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”—John C. Maxwell

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”—Maya Angelou

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”—Peter Drucker

“A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes, and who has the courage to develop that potential.”—Brené Brown 

“The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example.”—John Wooden

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”—John F. Kennedy

“A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.”—Joe DiMaggio

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”—John Quincy Adams

“The best leaders are clear. They continually light the way, and in the process, let each person know that what they do makes a difference. The best test as a leader is: Do those served grow as persons; do they become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become leaders?”—Robert Greenleaf

Motivational Quotes for Teamwork

“Teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.”—Patrick Lencioni

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”—Henry Ford

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”—Andrew Carnegie

“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.”—Amy Poehler

“There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others.”—George Shinn

“Great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people.”—Steve Jobs

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”—Helen Keller

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”—Booker T. Washington

“You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we help one another, everybody wins.”—Jim Stovall

“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”—Babe Ruth

Employee Appreciation Quotes

“Customers will never love a company until the employees love it first.”—Simon Sinek

“Everyone wants to be appreciated, so if you appreciate someone, don’t keep it a secret.”—Mary Kay Ash

“Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.”—Stephen Covey

“Your number one customers are your people. Look after employees first and then customers last.”—Ian Hutchinson

“Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person-not just and employee-are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled.”—Anne M. Mulcahy

“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. Stersic

“To maximize the value of your appreciation, call out the specific things you appreciate and explain why they matter.”—Max Yoder

Motivational Quotes for Work Success

“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.”— Davin Zinger

“If you build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful.”—Jeff Bezos

“We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.”—Bill Gates

“I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near.”—Margaret Thatcher

“Learning never exhausts the mind.”—Leonardo Da Vinci

Employee Retention Quotes

“Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don’t want to.”—Richard Branson

“We think it’s important for employees to have fun…it drives employee engagement.”—Tony Hsieh 

“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

“People work for money but go the extra mile for recognition, praise and rewards.”—Dale Carnegie 

Productivity Quotes for Employees

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”—Albert Einstein

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”—Bruce Lee

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”—Walt Disney

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”—Mark Twain

“It is no good getting furious if you get stuck…keep thinking about the problem, but work on something else.”—Steven Hawking

“Better productivity doesn’t come from working more or killing yourself trying. Productivity is efficiency.”—Henry Ford

Funny Motivational Quotes for Employees

“Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.”—Michael Scott

“Do or do not. There is no try.”—Yoda

“When life gets you down do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do? Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim.”—Dory

“There are only three ways to motivate people: money, fear, and hunger.”—Ron Swanson

“In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and getting out of their way.”—Tina Fey

“You don’t lead by hitting people over the head—that’s assault, not leadership.”—Dwight Eisenhower

“First rule of leadership: everything is your fault.”—A Bug’s Life

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”—Dr. Seuss