164 Quotes to Inspire and Motivate Your Employees in 2021

With 2020 thankfully in the rearview mirror, the time has come for employers to re-energize their employees. From working from home to not working at all, the pandemic negatively impacted workers across industries operating throughout the world.

For 2021, employers should focus on three time-tested management strategies to rally the troops for a great comeback year.

Each of the three management strategies has produced some of the most inspirational and motivational quotes in the world of business.

The following is a list of employee engagement quotations, words of appreciation for mentors, and volunteer appreciation quotes.

Employee Engagement Quotations

Your employees want to feel like they make a difference. In other words, they want to feel engaged at work. Just showing up and punching a time clock is not enough to drive business success.

Employee engagement is the emotional commitment the employee has to the organization and its goals. Emotional dedication means employees care about their job performance and the contributions they make to a successful company or organization. Engaged employees do not work simply to cash a paycheck. Instead, they are on board to achieve the goals established by a company or an organization.

You want your employees to work with passion and put extra effort into their work. Improving employee engagement at your business accomplishes several positive goals. It starts with your employees having greater satisfaction working for your company. A more satisfied team leads to several benefits for both employers and employees.

The last benefit is for employers to enjoy. Better customer service translates into a growing base of loyal customers that drive sales. With revenue increasing along with employee productivity, companies that engage their team of employees should reap the financial reward of an enhanced bottom line.

Many leaders in business and government understand the importance of employee engagement, which gives us the following employee engagement quotations.

“To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace.” -Doug Conant, CEO of Campbell’s Soup

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

“Your number one customers are your people. Look after employees first and then customers last.” -Ian Hutchinson, author of People Glue

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

“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, author of The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization

“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, late co-founder of Hewlett-Packard

“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

“On what high-performing companies should be striving to create: A great place for great people to do great work.” -Marilyn Carlson, former CEO of Carlson Companies

“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 of GE

“This is the only country in the world where today’s employee is tomorrow’s employer.” -Marco Rubio

“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, Taking Care of the People Who Matter Most: A Guide to Employee-Customer Care

Culture is about performance, and making people feel good about how they contribute to the whole.” -Tracy Streckenbach interview, Clear Goals Matter More than Mission, The New York Times

“People want to know they matter and they want to be treated as people. That’s the new talent contract.” -Pamela Stroko in Tanveer Naseer’s blog post How Leaders are Creating Engagement in Today’s Workplaces

“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, Let’s Co-Create an Employee Engagement Charter, The Employee Engagement Network

“Employees engage with employers and brands when they’re treated as humans worthy of respect.” -Meghan M. Biro, Your Employees are Engaged...REALLY?, Forbes

“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 and Scott Blanchard, Do People Really Know What You Expect from Them?, Fast Company

“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

“TURNED ON people figure out how to beat the competition, TURNED OFF people only complain about being beaten by the competition.” -Ben Simonton, author of Leading People to Be Highly Motivated and Committed

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

“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, Re-Engage: How America’s Best Places to Work Inspire Extra Effort in Extraordinary Times

“Highly engaged employees make the customer experience. Disengaged employees break it.” -Timothy R. Clark, The 5 Ways That Highly Engaged Employees are Different

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

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

“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

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

“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

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

“I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among [people] the greatest asset I possess. The way to develop the best that is in a [person] is by appreciation and encouragement.” -Charles Schwab

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

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

“When leaders throughout an organization take an active, genuine interest in the people they manage, when they invest real time to understand employees at a fundamental level, they create a climate for greater morale, loyalty, and, yes, growth.” -Patrick Lencioni

“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 M. Mulcahy

“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

“Employee loyalty begins with employer loyalty. Your employees should know that if they do the job they were hired to do with a reasonable amount of competence and efficiency, you will support them.” -Harvey Mackay

“When employees join executives in truly owning the responsibility for business success, an exciting new sense of teamwork takes hold.” -Punit Renjen

“Everyone talks about building a relationship with your customer. I think you build one with your employees first.” -Angela Ahrendts

“In a nursery, if you don't take care of those plants, your profits get lost real quickly. You have to weed. You have to water. You have to nurture. Also, you have to take care of your employees in such a way that they do the same.” -Jack Dangermond

“Research indicates that employees 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.” -James Sinegal

“Creating a strong company culture isn't just good business. It's the right thing to do, and it makes your company better for all stakeholders - employees, management, and customers.” -Julia Hartz

“Take time to appreciate employees and they will reciprocate in a thousand ways.” -Bob Nelson

“The employer generally gets the employees he deserves.” -J. Paul Getty

“Employees don't need to be best friends, but there does need to be a level of mutual respect and understanding.” -Kathryn Minshew

“If you believe, as I do, that your employees truly are your most valuable asset, you will do whatever you can to help them do their jobs as well as possible.” -Harvey Mackay

“Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you. You think about it; it’s true. If you hire somebody without [integrity], you really want them to be dumb and lazy.” -Warren Buffett

“I have always believed that the way you treat your employees is the way they will treat your customers, and that people flourish when they are praised.” -Sir Richard Branson

“Of the top 10 sources of innovation, employees are the only resource that you can control and access that your competitors cannot. Employees are the one asset you have that can actually be a sustainable competitive advantage.” -Kaihan Krippendorff

“The role of the CEO is to enable people to excel, help them discover their own wisdom, engage themselves entirely in their work, and accept responsibility for making change.” -Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Your mission statement, vision statement, core values, and service standards provide a clear focus for all while keeping your team humble and hungry. It creates that family environment in which your employees enjoy coming to work and dealing with the challenges they face each day.” -Amber Hurdle

“If you do not treat people with the respect they deserve, do not expect any kind of commitment to your productivity goals and target.” -Ian Fuhr

“Do not instigate or treat any of your employees, working at your place, with contempt. Treat everyone with respect. You never know what benefit a person will bring.” -Dada Bhagwan

“By letting your employees grow, your company will also grow exponentially.” -Mark Samraj

“It's not that these employee-focused initiatives are unimportant. It's just that your immediate manager is more important.” -Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman

“Employees aren't just workers, they're the backbone of business and that makes them more important than the boss any day of the week. Good Employees = Good Business” -Kilroy J. Oldster

“Your assets are your employees. Invest more on those performing well. Let the non-performers go.” -Manoj Arora

“The masters and overseers were so good at employee development, in their absence, the employees still achieved the company's mission.” -Darnell Lamont Walker

“We can never fall short when it comes to recruiting, hiring, maintaining, and growing our workforce. It is the employees who make our organization’s success a reality.” -Vern Dosch

“Motivating employees to work at their full potential is the main premise of successful management.” -Eraldo Banovac

“The growth of an organization is not dependent on the number of employees in its register. It is dependent on the number of employees who show dedication and commitment to the vision of the organization.” -Israelmore Ayivor

“If you fulfill the wishes of your employees, the employees will fulfill your visions.” -Amit Kalantri

“Children imitate their parents, employees their managers.” -Amit Kalantri

“To paraphrase Einstein, insanity is expecting employees to do one thing while rewarding them for doing something else.” -Robert G. Thompson

“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

“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

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

“Instead of giving managers all the power, the best customer experience companies arm all employees with the tools to fix customer problems and empower them to make decisions.” -Blake Morgan

“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

“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 ORGANISATION), they love their manager (their BOSS) or they love the people they work with (their SQUAD).” -Pete Blank

“Individual commitment to a group effort–that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” -Vince Lombardi

“Humans, because of necessity, evolved into social beings. Dependence on and cooperation with each other enhanced our ability to survive under harsh environmental circumstances. Although the survival threats of these circumstances have lessened in today’s world, people continue to have a need to affiliate with others. Indeed, the lack of such connections can lead to many problems, including loneliness.” -Shoba Sreenivasan

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

“The key element of engagement is trust; building trust requires companies to provide workers with as much autonomy and flexibility as possible.” -Matt Charney

“You must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work … You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That’s the secret of success.” -Chef Jiro

“Healthy and engaged employees, in concert with a strong workplace culture, are the secret sauce for business success.” -Naz Beheshti

“An effective workplace well-being program can deliver mutual benefit to people, organizations, economies and communities. When people are happy and well, businesses can thrive and societies flourish.” -CIPD

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

“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

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

“What if you train your people and they leave? Worse is not training them and they stay.” -Henry Ford

“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

“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

“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

“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

“You manage things; you lead people.” -Grace Hopper

Words of Appreciation for Mentors

The primary role of a mentor is to share knowledge and experience that fosters personal and professional development. Mentoring relationships develop because of the growing trust, respect, and communication between a mentor and a mentee. Both a mentor and a mentee get together to establish goals, exchange ideas, and monitor the progress of the mentee.

Mentors do not just show up at work or at the home of a mentee. They do not fall out of a tree or materialize after you rub a genie bottle three times to wish for good luck. Mentors and mentees come together naturally, like the finest wines that take years to develop their ripe flavors and aromas.

The mentor/mentee relationship is not one-sided, as both parties benefit from the establishment of a mentoring relationship.

Here are the benefits for mentees:

  • Exposed to fresh ideas and new ways of solving problems
  • Advice on how to take advantage of strengths, while minimizing weaknesses
  • Guidance for developing the professional skills needed for career development and advancement
  • Develop new personal and professional skills
  • Receive recognition from peers and managers

Here are the benefits for mentors:

  • Recognized as an expert on certain topics
  • Exposed to new ideas and approaches
  • Experience providing direction for someone starting a career
  • Reflect on personal and professional goals
  • Improve coaching and leadership skills

What are the five most important characteristics of a great mentor?

  • Active listener
  • Effective communicator
  • Open-minded
  • Knows strengths and weaknesses
  • Consistently following up with a mentee

Mentors give a lot of their time to help develop the personal and professional skills of another person. Because of this, it is not a surprise that there are many quotes spoken and written by both mentees and mentors regarding the power of a mentoring relationship.

“It’s been true in my life that when I’ve needed a mentor, the right person shows up.” -Ken Blanchard

“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” -Oprah Winfrey

“A mentor empowers a person to see a possible future, and believe it can be obtained.” -Shawn Hitchcock

“Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“What I think the mentor gets is the great satisfaction of helping somebody along, helping somebody take advantage of an opportunity that maybe he or she did not have.” -Clint Eastwood

“If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before.” -J Loren Norris

“In learning, you will teach, and in teaching, you will learn.” -Phil Collins

“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” -Steven Spielberg

“You cannot teach a man anything.  You can only help him discover it within himself.” -Galileo Galilei

“The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not and never persist in trying to set people right.” -Hannah Whitall Smith

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” -Margaret Mead 

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” -Robert Frost 

“Search for role models you can look up to and people who take an interest in your career. But here’s an important warning: you don’t have to have mentors who look like you. Had I been waiting for a black, female Soviet specialist mentor, I would still be waiting. Most of my mentors have been old white men, because they were the ones who dominated my field.” -Condoleeza Rice

“My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better.” -Steve Jobs

“The mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting.”- Plutarch

“It doesn’t matter if you’re the smartest person in the room: If you’re not someone who people want to be around, you won’t get far. Likewise, for helping those in line behind you. I take seriously my role as a mentor to young female filmmakers–I make sure my time is tithed.” -Melissa Rosenberg

“My mentor said, ‘Let’s go do it,’ not ‘You go do it.’ How powerful when someone says, ‘Let’s!’” -Jim Rohn

“In order to be a mentor, and an effective one, one must care. You must care. You don’t have to know how many square miles are in Idaho, you don’t need to know what is the chemical makeup of chemistry, or of blood or water. Know what you know and care about the person, care about what you know and care about the person you’re sharing with.” -Maya Angelou

“Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living—if you do it well, I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor.” -Denzel Washington

“We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.” -Whoopi Goldberg

“Mentors build mentors. Leaders build leaders. When you look at it closely, it’s really one and the same thing.” -Tony Dungy

“Behind every great leader, at the base of every great tale of success, you will find an indispensable circle of trusted advisors, mentors, and colleagues.” -Unknown

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” -Isaac Newton

“Alexander the Great valued learning so highly, that he used to say he was more indebted to Aristotle for giving him knowledge than to his father Philip for life.” -Samuel Smiles

“What you want in a mentor is someone who truly cares for you and who will look after your interests and not just their own. When you do come across the right person to mentor you, start by showing them that the time they spend with you is worthwhile.” -Vivek Wadhwa

“My mistakes have been my greatest mentors.” -Steve Maraboli

“If a man is to shed the light of the sun upon other men, he must first of all have it within himself.” -Romain Rolland

“Mentoring is an indispensable requirement for an artist’s growth. Not only are skills and experience shared, but there is value in the essential re-examination of one’s own work and techniques.” -Jim Norman

“We all carry the seeds of greatness within us, but we need an image as a point of focus in order that they may sprout.” -Epictetus

“No man is capable of self-improvement if he sees no other model but himself.” -Conrado I. Generoso

“A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could.” -Anonymous

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” -Rachel Carson

“Mentoring brings us together – across generation, class, and often race – in a manner that forces us to acknowledge our interdependence, to appreciate, in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words, that ‘we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied to a single garment of destiny.” -Marc Freedman

“The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.” -Edward Buller-Lyton

“One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.” -Carl Jung

“The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.” -Dan Rather

“The best teachers are those who tell you where to look – but don’t tell you what to see.” -Alexandra K. Trenfor

“Conflict between an apprentice and his master is not always bad; in fact, it is almost inevitable, if the apprentice’s destiny is to exceed the accomplishments of the master.” -Kilroy J. Oldster

“Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.” -Samuel Taylor

“More than mere teachers, mentors are often emancipators, freeing artists from poor technique, clouded vision and personal uncertainty.” -Paul Soderberg

“What you do has far greater impact than what you say.” -Stephen Covey

“The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.” -Author Unknown

“It’s easy to make a buck.  It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” -Tom Brokaw

“Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.” -Jacques Barzun

“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” -Khalil Gibran

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

“The people closest to me determine my level of success or failure. The better they are, the better I am. And if I want to go to the highest level, I can do it only with the help of other people. We have to take each other higher.” -John C. Maxwell

“Coaches are aware of how to ignite passion and motivate people. They have an energy that is contagious and know exactly how to get their team excited.” –Brian Cagnee

“Good coaching is good teaching and nothing else.” -Pat Conroy

“A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.” -John Wooden

Volunteer Appreciation Quotes

Asking employees to volunteer can be challenging, with our overflowing day planners representing the number one obstacle. However, employers can ignite volunteering initiatives by explaining the benefits of giving time to a worthwhile cause.

Volunteering does much more than benefit people that need emotional support and/or financial assistance. It also benefits those that devote part of the time to a charitable cause or organization.

Here are four benefits of giving time for volunteers:

  • Connect with other volunteers
  • Improved mental and physical health
  • Career advancement
  • Creates joy and a sense of self-fulfillment

One more benefit: volunteers receive deep appreciation from the people that they help. The following volunteer appreciation quotes can be a motivational tool for your company or organization to recruit more volunteers for special projects.

“Volunteers are paid in six figures — S-M-I-L-E-S.” -Gayla LeMaire,

“Volunteers wear working boots but leave a trail of angel footprints.” -Terri Guillemets

“We celebrate the selfless individuals around our country who channel their civic virtues through volunteerism... devoted to a cause bigger than themselves... Volunteers help drive our country's progress, and day in and day out, they make extraordinary sacrifices to expand promise and possibility.” -Barack Obama, Presidential Proclamation, National Volunteer Week, April 2016, obamawhitehouse.archives.gov

“Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.” -Author Unknown

“The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers.” -Terri Guillemets

“We take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” -Cynthia Ozick

“You may not have saved a lot of money in your life, but if you have saved a lot of heartaches for other folks, you are a pretty rich man.” -Seth Parker, quoted in Herbert V. Prochnow, 1000 Tips and Quips for Speakers and Toastmasters

“Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless.” -Sherry Anderson, Director of Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services Division of Volunteerism

“It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference.” -Tom Brokaw, as quoted in John C. Maxwell, The Success Journey

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” -Elizabeth Andrew

“Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone...” -G. B. Stern, Robert Louis Stevenson: The Man Who Wrote 'Treasure Island,' 

“Something that has always puzzled me all my life is why, when I am in special need of help, the good deed is usually done by somebody on whom I have no claim.” -William Feather, The Business of Life, 1949

“Volunteers are love in motion!” -Author Unknown

“Each good deed strengthens our angel wings.” -Terri Guillemets

“By appreciation we make excellence in others belong to us as well.” -Voltaire

“One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.” -Malayan proverb

“If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life.” -Author Unknown

“The broadest, and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering: Doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good.” -Ivan H. Scheier

“Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful.” -Author Unknown

“Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.” -Author Unknown

“No man stands so straight as one who stoops to help a child.” -James J. Davis

“You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.” -Unknown

“What we have done for ourselves alone, dies with us; what we have done for others and the world, remains and is immortal.” -Albert Pike

“God has not called us to see through each other, but to see each other through.” -Author Unknown

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” -Kahlil Gibran

“I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.” -Maya Angelou

“For every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action...” -James Russell Lowell, "Rousseau and the Sentimentalists

“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” -Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” -Seneca

“There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life — reciprocity.” -Confucius

“Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.” -Author Unknown

“Angels don't get paid even though theirs is some of the most important work around. Ditto for volunteers.” -Terri Guillemets

Topics: employee engagement, mentoring, Volunteering