Employee Engagement Quotes

Last updated 14th of February 2019

Author Lisa Hartwell

27 Insightful Employee Engagement Quotes

What is it about a quote that we all love? Maybe it’s the fact that someone more eloquent or witty or pithy than us has managed to say in one or two sentences what would have taken us a full-length article to attempt to convey. When it comes to employee engagement quotes it seems like it's harder to encompass the importance and nuances of employee engagement succinctly, possibly because there are so many facets to good employee engagement. But here are some of our favourites...

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Transparency Quotes

I’ve broken the quotes into a number of categories that all contribute to great employee engagement. One of those areas is transparency and honesty. If you look at almost any article or research regarding employee engagement or internal communication within a business, the importance of transparency is almost always mentioned.

 “I find that when you open the door toward openness and transparency, a lot of people will follow you through.” - Kirsten Gillibrand (Politician and US Senator)

“Honest communication is built on truth and integrity and upon respect of the one for the other.” - Benjamin E. Mays (leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement)

"A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity." - Dalai Lama

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” - Thomas Jefferson


“Transparency, honesty, kindness, good stewardship, even humor, work in businesses at all times.” - John Gerzema (CEO and expert on brand strategy)

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“I think the currency of leadership is transparency. You've got to be truthful. I don't think you should be vulnerable every day, but there are moments where you've got to share your soul and conscience with people and show them who you are, and not be afraid of it.” - Howard Schultz (CEO of Starbucks)

 This quote leads us onto the importance of leadership in employee engagement


 Effective Leadership for Employee Engagement

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

“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” - Harvey S. Firestone (founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company)

 “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” - Jack Welch (US businessman and author. Former CEO of General Electric)

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“My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.” - General Montgomery

“The art of communication is the language of leadership.” – James C. Humes (Author and scriptwriter for 5 US presidents)

Which brings us neatly on to…

Communication Quotes

Another important aspect of employee engagement is effective communication on all levels. There are hundreds of quotes regarding this one topic but these are a few favourites that relate more to employee engagement:

“Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.” - Yehuda Berg (author and former co-director of the Kabbalah Centre)

“Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” - Stephen R. Covey (Businessman and author of many leadership and educational books including "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People")

“The two words 'information' and 'communication' are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.” - Sydney J. Harris (American journalist)

“The art of effective listening is essential to clear communication, and clear communication is necessary to management success.” - James Cash Penney (founder of J. C. Penney)


The Art of Listening for Employee Engagement

This should really be a sub-section within communication but it’s such a vital part of communication (and one often forgotten) that we’ve given it a section of its own.

“I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I'm going to learn, I must do it by listening.”  – Larry King (American television and radio presenter)

“Two monologues do not make a dialogue.” - Jeff L. Daly (American architect)

“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.”  - Epictetus (Greek philosopher)


Feedback Quotes

The art of listening leads on to the importance of feedback in employee engagement. Without feedback, communication is still a one-way street but it has an even greater importance.

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“Feedback is a gift. Ideas are the currency of our next success. Let people see you value both feedback and ideas.” - Jim Trinka and Les Wallace (in their book “A Legacy of 21st Century Leadership”)

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

“We can’t just sit back and wait for feedback to be offered, particularly when we’re in a leadership role. If we want feedback to take root in the culture, we need to explicitly ask for it.” - Ed Batista (Executive coach and business lecturer)


Employee Engagement Quotes

There are some quotes that simply encompass why employee engagement is so important:

“To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace.” - Doug Conant (American businessman – Campbell Soup Company)

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

“If you don’t have an emotional connection to why you are trying to accomplish your goals, the odds are you won’t reach them or will quit trying.” - Brett Hoebel (American personal trainer)

“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 (former chairperson and CEO of Xerox Corporation)


And Steve Jobs can have the final word with 2 quotes that express precisely why you should be engaging with your employees:

“Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.”

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

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