There is plenty of room for improvement when it comes to employee engagement when currently 68 percent of employees are either disengaged or actively disengaged.

There is plenty of evidence as to the benefits of having a highly engaged, excited and empowered teams, yet still, too many companies only pay lip service about creating engagement.

Here are 50 thoughts on engagement, passion employee desires that might help you better understand and better engage your teams.

"Paychecks can't buy passion." - Brad Federman

"All employees have an innate desire to contribute to something bigger than themselves." - Jag Randhawa

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

"When people go to work, they shouldn't have to leave their hearts at home." - Betty Bender

"You can't sell it outside if you can't sell it inside." - Stan Slap

"To win in the marketplace, you must first win in the workplace." -Doug Conant

"Accept the fact that we have to treat almost anybody as a volunteer." -Peter Drucker

"Some companies don't have an engagement problem; they have a hiring problem." -Bob Kelleher

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do." - Steve Jobs

"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. Stershic, author of
"Taking Care of the People Who Matter Most: A Guide to Employee-Customer Care"

"Throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find the happiness that you had thought could never be yours." - Dale Carnegie

"When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute." - Simon Sinek

"Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it." - Buddha

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

"Culture is about performance, and making people feel good about how they contribute to the whole." - Tracy Streckenbach

"Employee engagement is the art and science of engaging people in authentic and recognized connections to strategy, roles, performance, organization, community, relationship, customers, development, energy, and happiness to leverage, sustain, and transform work into results." -David Zinger

"Engaged employees are in the game for the sake of the game; they believe in the cause of the organization." -Paul Marciano

"Everyone wants to be appreciated, so if you appreciate someone, don't keep it a secret." - Mary Kay Ash

"Highly engaged employees make the customer experience. Disengaged employees break it." -Timothy R. Clark

"It's sad, really, how a negative workplace can impact our lives and the way we feel about ourselves. The situation is reaching pandemic heights - most people go to work at jobs they dislike, supervised by people who don't care about them, and directed by senior leaders who are often clueless about where to take the company." - Leigh Branham and Mark Hirschfeld

"People leave when they don't feel appreciated. That's why we've made recognition a really high value. Our business is people-capability first; then you satisfy customers; then you make money." - David Novak

"The real damper on employee engagement is the soggy, cold blanket of centralized authority. In most companies, power cascades downwards from the CEO. Not only are employees disenfranchised from most policy decisions, they lack even the power to rebel against egocentric and tyrannical supervisors." - Gary Hamel, management expert

"You manage things; you lead people." -Rear Admiral Grace Hopper

"Your number one customers are your people. Look after employees first and then customers last." - Ian Hutchinson

"A group of people get together and exist as an institution we call a company so they are able to accomplish something collectively that they could not accomplish separately - they make a contribution to society, a phrase which sounds trite but is fundamental." - David Packard

"Business and human endeavors are systems... We tend to focus on snapshots of isolated parts of the system. And wonder why our deepest problems never get solved." - Peter Senge

"Dispirited, unmotivated, unappreciated workers cannot compete in a highly competitive world." - Francis Hesselbein

"Employees engage with employers and brands when they're treated as humans worthy of respect." -Meghan Biro

"Engaged employees stay for what they give (they like their work); disengaged employees stay for what they get (favorable job conditions, growth opportunities, job security)." - Blessing White's The State of Employee Engagement 2008

"I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among men the greatest asset I possess. The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement." - Charles Schwab

"On what high-performing companies should be striving to create: A great place for great people to do great work." - Marilyn Carlson,

"People want to know they matter and they want to be treated as people. That's the new talent contract." - Pamela Stroko,

"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." -Jack Welch

"TURNED ON people figure out how to beat the competition, TURNED OFF people only complain about being beaten by the competition." - Ben Simonton

"You'll attract the employees you need if you can explain why your mission is compelling: not why it's important in general, but why you're doing something important that no one else is going to get done." -Peter Thiel

"Connect the dots between individual roles and the goals of the organization. When people see that connection, they get a lot of energy out of work. They feel the importance, dignity, and meaning in their job." -Ken Blanchard

"Early in my career, one of the first business lessons I learned was this: It's impossible to win the hearts and minds of people unless you clearly establish goals and values and reward people if they act in a way that leads to the fulfillment of those objectives. It quickly became clear to me that if you want to make sure your customers are treated well, you have to make sure you treat your employees well and recognize their efforts." - F. Robert Salerno

"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 M. Mulcahy

"Everyone enjoys doing the kind of work for which he is best suited." -Napoleon Hill

"For most of them, it can be summed up by one of four things: They love what they do (their JOB), they love the Disney brand (their ORGANIZATION), they love their manager (their BOSS), or they love the people they work with (their SQUAD)." -Pete Blank

"It all came down to employee engagement. It all came down to recognition. It all came down to leadership, which led to every sailor feeling ownership and accountability for the results. You can ask a team to accomplish a mission, but you can't order excellence."-Mike Abrashoff

"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

"...you have to want to be engaged. There has to be a deep-seated desire in your heart and mind to participate, to be involved, and to make a difference. If the desire isn't there, no person or book can plant it within you." - Tim Clark

"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." -David Zinger

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle

"Appreciate everything your associates do for the business. Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They're absolutely free and worth a fortune." - Sam Walton

"To build a culture of engagement, it is important to incorporate training on intrinsic motivation and employee engagement into management development programs." -Kenneth Thomas

"We think it's important for employees to have fun... it drives employee engagement." -Tony Hsieh

"This is the only country in the world where today's employee is tomorrow's employer." - Marco Rubio

Employee engagement is the number one role of every leader. The more engaged youur teams the higher your profits will be.

Published on: Jul 20, 2017