10 quotes to stoke your employee engagement fire

May these words of wisdom encourage you as your team works to inspire and motivate those who do the heavy lifting.

Influential leaders understand that consistently recognizing, motivating and inspiring employees is crucial for business success.

By engaging with team members in meaningful, personal ways, leaders can boost morale and engagement—and make productivity soar. Of course, it must be more than lip service. Employees won’t really care about your business until you really care about them.

Here are 10 inspiring quotes from successful business leaders to help you stoke and sustain the employee engagement fire at your organization.

“Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.”Richard Branson, CEO and founder of Virgin Group

“To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace.”—Doug Conant, founder and CEO of ConantLeadership, former president and CEO of Campbell’s Soup

“Treat employees like they make a difference—and they will.”—Jim Goodnight, CEO and co-founder of SAS Institute

“Businesses often forget about the culture, and, ultimately, they suffer for it because you can’t deliver good service from unhappy employees.”—Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos

“It [employee engagement] is about getting the best people, retaining them, nurturing a creative environment and helping to find a way to innovate.”—Marissa Mayer, co-founder of Lumi Labs, former CEO of Yahoo

“Understanding your employee’s perspective can go a long way toward increasing productivity and happiness.”—Kathryn Minshew, CEO and co-founder of The Muse

“Employees are a company’s greatest asset; they’re your competitive advantage. You want to attract and retain the best. Provide them with encouragement [and] stimulus, and make them feel that they are an integral part of the company’s mission.”—Anne M. Mulcahy, former CEO and chairwoman of Xerox Corp.

“An employee’s job is to give his or her best work every day. A manager’s job is to give the employee a good reason to come back to work tomorrow.”—Liz Ryan, CEO and founder of Human Workplace

“Our mission statement about treating people with respect and dignity is not just words but a creed we live by every day. You can’t expect your employees to exceed the expectations of your customers if you don’t exceed the employees’ expectations of management.”Howard Schultz, former CEO and chairman of Starbucks Coffee

“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, former CEO and chairman of General Electric

Which quotes would you add, communicators? How do you consistently motivate and inspire employees?

David Grossman is founder and CEO of The Grossman Group. A version of this post first appeared on The Grossman Group Leader Communicator blog.



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