21 Motivational Workplace Quotes

Use these inspiring and motivational workplace quotes to shape and promote a positive, encouraging company culture. We gathered the best motivational quotes on positive work attitude, innovation, employee engagement, leadership, company culture, recruitment and business success.


Looking for great workplace quotes?

If you’re looking for great workplace-related quotes, you’ve come to the right place. 

In this blog post, we gathered the top 21 inspirational and motivational workplace quotes. 

Use these quotes to motivate and inspire your employees and foster a positive and encouraging company culture.

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20+ best workplace-related quotes

Below you’ll find a list of the top 21 workplace quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author. 

These quotes are divided into 7 sections:

  1. Positive work attitude

  2. Business innovation

  3. Employee engagement and productivity

  4. Leadership

  5. Company culture

  6. Recruitment

  7. Success.

We also created a colorful image for each quote. Feel free to take these images and use them any way you see fit. 

Whether you want to enhance a team email or make your next meeting or presentation more impactful, we’ve got a quote for you.

Motivational workplace quotes on positive work attitude

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” 

- Winston Churchill, British politician, army officer and writer


"Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer." 

- Denis Waitley, American motivational speaker, writer and consultant


“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”

-  Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft Corporation


Motivational workplace quotes on innovation

“If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.” 

- Woody Allen, American director, writer, actor and comedian


“When you need to innovate, you need collaboration.” 

- Marissa Mayer, Former president and chief executive officer of Yahoo!


“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

-  Steve Jobs, Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Apple


Motivational workplace quotes on employee engagement and productivity

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

- Simon Sinek, British/American author and motivational speaker


“Engaging the hearts, minds, and hands of talent is the most sustainable source of competitive advantage.”

- Greg Harris, President and CEO of Quantum Workplace


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

- Tom Peters, American writer on business management practices


Motivational workplace quotes on leadership

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

- John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States


“Good leadership requires you to surround yourself with people of diverse perspectives who can disagree with you without fear of retaliation.”

- Doris Kearns Goodwin, American biographer, historian and political commentator


“Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” 

- Sam Walton, Founder of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.


Motivational workplace quotes on company culture

“Corporate culture is the only sustainable competitive advantage that is completely within the control of the entrepreneur.”

-  David Cummings, Co-Founder of Pardot


“There’s no magic formula for great company culture. The key is just to treat your staff how you would like to be treated.”

- Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group


“A company’s culture is the foundation for future innovation. An entrepreneur's job is to build the foundation.”

- Brian Chesky, Co-founder and CEO of Airbnb


Motivational workplace quotes on recruitment

“If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears.”

- Simon Sinek, British/American author and motivational speaker


“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, Former COO of General Electric


“Acquiring the right talent is the most important key to growth. Hiring was - and still is - the most important thing we do.”

- Marc Bennioff, Founder, Chairman and co-CEO of Salesforce


Motivational workplace quotes on success

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”

-  Colin Powell, American statesman and army general


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

-  Marissa Mayer, President and CEO of Yahoo


"Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit."

- Conrad Hilton, Founder of the Hilton Hotels 


How to use these motivational workplace quotes?

Feel free to save or share the quotes that resonate with you. 

You can use these inspiring and motivational workplace quotes to both shape and promote your company culture

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