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Workplace Quotes

37 Motivational Workplace Quotes

Are you looking for that motivational workplace quotes about work to sign off your newsletter, presentation, or website? Work is something that almost everyone does, and it encompasses over a third of your life during the years that you work.

The Workplace can be inspirational, motivational, and bring out the better parts of your ability to contribute and make a difference. Use these work quotes to inspire employee motivation and employee engagement.

Quote on Employee Engagement

This collection of employee engagement quotes can clarify the value of employee engagement and provide the inspiration to drive emotional commitment throughout your organisation.

1.  “When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.” Simon Sinek

2. “What high-performing companies should be striving to create: A great place for great people to do great work.” Marilyn Carlson

3. “Dispirited, unmotivated, unappreciated workers cannot compete in a highly competitive world.” Francis Hesselbein

4. “The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity.” Tom Peters

5. “It’s about getting the best people, retaining them, nurturing a creative environment & helping to find a way to innovate.” Marissa Mayer

6. “To win in the marketplace, you must first win in the workplace.” Doug Conant

7. “There are only three measurements that tell you nearly everything you need to know about your organisation’s overall performance: employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and cash flow.” Jack Welch

8. “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

9. “Employees are a company’s greatest asset – they’re your competitive advantage. You want to attract and retain the best; provide them with encouragement, stimulus, and make them feel that they are an integral part of the company’s mission.” Anne Mulcahy

10. “Engaged organisations earnings-per-share growth rate of 28% compared to an 11.2% decline for low engagement firms.” Towers Watson

11.”Companies with an employee engagement program enjoy 233% greater customer loyalty.” Aberdeen

12 “Employee engagement programs help companies enjoy 26% greater annual increase in revenue.” Aberdeen

Quotes On Leadership

13. “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” Jack Welch

14. “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

15. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Steve Jobs

16. “Management is nothing more than motivating other people.” Lee Iacocca, Ford

17. “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” Jack Welch

18. “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” Rosalynn Carter

Quote on Recruitment

19. “Some companies don’t have an engagement problem, they have a hiring problem.” Bob Kelleher

20. “Never hire someone who knows less than you do about what he’s hired to do.”  Malcolm Forbes, Forbes

“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?” Thomas John Watson Sr., IBM

21. “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.”– Lawrence Bossidy, GE

22. “During interviews, take notes on a separate piece of paper, not on a resume, not on an application. Those should be pristine documents.” Michael Cohen

23. “Time spent on hiring is time well spent.”Robert Half

24. “Leaders don’t flock. You have to find them one at a time.” Ross Perot

25. “22% of new hires leave their jobs within 45 days of being hired.  Reasons include poor performance and temperament issues. Wynhurst Group

26. “It takes an average of 52 days to fill an open position, up from 48 days in 2011. Bersin by Deloitte

27. “92% of senior business executives have seen favoritism affect employee promotions. Georgetown University

Quotes on Talent

28. “People want to know they matter and they want to be treated as people. That’s the new talent contract.” Pamela Stroko

29. “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.”Paul Russell

30. “92% of senior business executives have seen favoritism affect employee promotions.” Georgetown University

Quotes on Performance Management

31. “Don’t lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations.” Ralph Marston

32. “They say millennials love feedback. No, they don’t … No one wants feedback. We want attention and, in particular, coaching attention. Don’t tell me where I stand. Help me get better.”  Marcus Buckingham

33. A poll with 2,677 respondents revealed that 98% find annual performance reviews unnecessary. Among the respondents were 645 HR managers, 232 CEOs, and 1,800 other employees. – Talent Management 360

34. 45% of HR leaders do not think annual performance reviews are an accurate appraisal for employee’s work. – Talent Management 360

35. 58% of organizations rated their performance management systems as “C Grade or below.”  Talent Management 360

36. “Administration must be flawless; HR practices must be innovative and integrated; and HR must turn strategic aspirations into HR actions. But rather than rely on these waves, we see future-facing HR professionals looking outside their organizations to customers, investors, and communities to define successful HR.” David Ulrich,

37. “Talent Management is a business process, not an HR process.…It’s the intersection of people with business, technology, and organisational strategy.” – Josh Bersin

Quotes on Employment 

38. “There are few, if any, jobs in which ability alone is sufficient. Needed, also, are loyalty, sincerity, enthusiasm and team play.” William B. Given, Jr.

39. “When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.” Betty Bender

40. “A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn’t feel like it.” Alistair Cook

41. “One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.” Bertrand Russell

42. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas A. Edison

43. “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” Theodore Roosevelt

44. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” Albert Einstein

45. ”Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment, and to either of these ends, there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.” Thomas A. Edison

46. “Going to work for a large company is like getting on a train. Are you going sixty miles an hour or is the train going sixty miles an hour and you’re just sitting still?” J. Paul Getty

47. ”When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.” Henry J. Kaiser

48.Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Steve Jobs

49. “The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.” Robert Frost

50. “People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.” Frederick Douglass

51. “In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it.”

52. They must not do too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it.”  John Ruskin

53. “So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.” Peter Drucker

54. ”Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.” James M. Barrie

55.Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” H. Jackson Brown Jr.

56. “Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love.”  David McCullough

57. “The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.”  Richard Bach

58. ”The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men.” George Eliot

59. “Whenever it is in any way possible, every boy and girl should choose as his life work some occupation which he should like to do anyhow, even if he did not need the money.” William Lyon Phelps

60. ”I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”  Thomas Jefferson

61. ”You’ve achieved success in your field when you don’t know whether what you’re doing is work or play.” Warren Beatty

62. “Chose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius 

63. “The test of the artist does not lie in the will with which he goes to work, but in the excellence of the work he produces.” Thomas Aquinas

64. “The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.” Pearl Buck

65. ”Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.” Peter Drucker

66. “Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were.” David Rockefeller