We all need a dose of motivation every once in a while to keep us going. With that said, we’ve compiled a list of inspiring human resources quotes for HR professionals that recognizes the value of strong leadership, employee engagement, and relationship building. Here are 10 quotes to help motivate you and get your day started on the right foot!
1. “Employees engage with employers and brands when they’re treated as humans.” -Meghan Biro
Without employee engagement, there’s no enthusiasm, employees are less satisfied, and turnover increases. When people are treated well, have a sense of purpose within the company, have tangible goals, and can communicate openly and honestly, they become more and more engaged.
2. “Nothing we do is more important than hiring people. At the end of the day, you bet on people, not strategies.” -Lawrence Bossidy
Hiring the right people for the role is the most important job of a manager. After all, you need to bet on great people if you want to accomplish great things. Without finding great people to put behind the strategies you create, they will only go so far.
3. “In order to build a rewarding employee experience, you need to understand what matters most to your people.” -Julie Bevacqua
In order to build a workplace culture with energy and enthusiasm about coming to work, you need to discover what matters to your people. Whether you send out regular surveys or communicate with your people, it’s essential to find a way to better understand your team and what is important to them.
4. “In most cases, being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way.” -Tina Fey
Similar to another iconic quote from Steve Jobs, who said, “It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.” Great leaders should know their strengths, but also their weaknesses even better. Knowing when to act and when to step back is one of the skills a leader must master.
5. “A person who feels appreciated will always do more than what is expected.” -Unknown
Every human being, not only employees, likes to be told and feel like they are appreciated. As social creatures, we’re all searching for our place in the world, a sense of purpose, and reason. Everyone within a company likes to be recognized and know that their work is valued and appreciated by their team and even by customers.
6. “Treat your employees right, so they won’t use your internet to search for a new job.” -Mark Zuckerberg
When you build good relationships with your employees and foster a positive culture where people can thrive, your people aren’t going to want to leave. However, that’s not always the case. With the competitive market, it’s essential for employers to stand out from their competition and invest in their employee experience to keep their top performers around.
7. “People and their behaviors are what deliver results to your organization. Not systems, not processes, not computers, not machines.” -Mark Hortsman
Your people are the company. Each and every person, along with their skill, talent, and personality, are the reason your organization is where it is. Your success is built on the effort and the behavior of your team, the way they handle things, bring their unique perspectives to the table, and who they are, is what helps you see results.
8. “Human Resources isn’t a thing we do. It’s the thing that runs our business.” -Steve Wynn
Many times HR departments aren’t seen as strategic or are overlooked when it comes to running the business. This couldn’t be further from the truth. When given the proper tools and the trust to be empowered and make decisions, HR can be one of the most vital voices at the table. HR teams who are in sync with employees, understand engagement levels and company culture, and know how to get the best out of people will always add tremendous value to their business.
9. “If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.” -John Cleese
Organizations that promote employee health and well-being through work-life balance tend to encourage creativity and innovation. Work-life balance matters. Customer acquisition, retention, development, sales, marketing, you name it, they all require creativity to flourish. So if you’re looking to improve the level of employee creativity, it may be time to reevaluate work policies.
10. “Time spent on hiring is time well spent.” -Robert Half
No matter how good or successful you are or how clever or crafty, your business and its future are in the hands of the people you hire. So in order to hire the right candidates, you must take the correct amount of time that it takes to find the right person that you’re looking for. You shouldn’t just hire someone for the sake of filling a position; that’s why high turnover in new hires is prevalent.
Amanee Hasan is a Senior Content Writer at ZenHR, an award-winning and top-rated HR solution that offers world-class HR software services in the MENA region. Her main focuses are SEO, UX writing, copywriting, and creating content highlighting the latest HR trends, and gives organizations and individuals the tools they need to create successful work environments where people thrive.