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    employees Quotes

    Who are businesses really responsible to? Their customers? Shareholders? Employees? We would argue that it's none of the above. Fundamentally, businesses are responsible to their resource base. Without a healthy environment there are no shareholders, no employees, no customers and no business.
    — Yvon Chouinard
    Hire extremely independent, intelligent, and passionate people, not necessarily "experts." Maybe three or four of my employees have MBAs, and those guys aren't necessarily at the top of the food chain.
    — Yvon Chouinard
    tags: people  food  employees 
    While our managers debated what steps to take to address the sales and cash-flow crisis, I began to lead week-long employee seminars in what we called Philosophies. We'd take a busload at a time to places like Yosemite or the Marin Headlands above San Francisco, camp out, and gather under the trees to talk. The goal was to teach every employee in the company our business and environmental ethics and values.
    — Yvon Chouinard
    Big Internet companies on average are capable of generating revenue of $1 million per employee, and that compares to 10 to 20 percent of that which is normally generated by traditional offline businesses of comparable size.
    — Yuri Milner
    We felt that the employees would take a greater interest in work if they felt they were part of the company.
    — William Redington Hewlett
    tags: work  employees  company 
    One aspect of modern life which has gone far to stifle men is the rapid growth of tremendous corporations. Enormous spiritual sacrifices are made in the transformation of shopkeepers into employees... The disappearance of free enterprise has led to a submergence of the individual in the impersonal corporation in much the same manner as he has been submerged in the state in other lands.
    — William O. Douglas
    A man who tries to make the workmen believe that their employers are their natural enemies is indeed the worst enemy of workmen. For the employees of yesterday are the employers of today, and the employees of today can and will partly be the employers of tomorrow.
    — William J. H. Boetcker
    We should pass a flex time law that allows employees to take their overtime pay in money or in time off, depending on what's better for their family.
    — William J. Clinton
    tags: time  law  money  employees 
    Two resources, largely untapped in American organizations, are potential information and employee creativity
    — William Hunter
    Quality, productivity, and innovation can be significantly increased if companies provide all employees with practical tools for exploiting potential information
    — William Hunter
    Is there any fairness in a system where a group of people can borrow a bunch of money to buy a company and pay themselves millions of dollars in dividends and fees, while the company itself ends up bankrupt and its employees lose their jobs, health insurance and pensions?
    — William D. Cohan
    My research debunks the myth that many people seem to have . . . that you become a leader by fighting your way to the top. Rather, you become a leader by helping others to the top. Helping your employees is as important, and many times more so, than trying to get the most work out of them.
    — William Cohen
    To function efficiently, any group of people or employees must have faith in their leader.
    — William Bligh
    The faster we grew, the more stores we had open, the more money we made. Employees move quickly up the ranks of a company that's growing fast. Shareholders made a lot of money. If you invested $25,000 from January 1987 to January 1994, you'd have more than a million dollars. I get a lot of personal satisfaction from that.
    — Wayne Huizenga
    It's the same in the office, the lab, the factory. Employees and coworkers are more productive, more loyal - satisfied and happy - when they are treated fairly, decently, and with dignity than when they are used and taken for granted, when they feel like no more than a tiny cog in a giant corporate wheel.
    — Wayne D. Dosick
    tags: dignity  employees 
    From the employees' standpoint, in 1935, Social Security was a big gamble. Employees would be required to participate in the program, contributing a percentage of their income for their entire adult working life.
    — Wayne Allard
    tags: adult  employees 
    The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.
    — Warren G. Bennis
    tags: men  future  dog  employees 
    Every company that has an economist working for him has one employee too many.
    — Warren Buffett
    tags: employees  company 
    The basic principle is I command, and my employees carry it out immediately.
    — Wang Jianlin
    tags: employees 
    Capital goes to where it can escape taxation and be used to pay employees in sacks of rice.
    — Walter Wriston
    tags: employees 
    Eighty-five percent of the reasons for failure are deficiencies in the systems and process rather than the employee. The role of management is to change the process rather than badgering individuals to do better.
    — W. Edwards Deming
    Managers don't like giving appraisals, and employees don't like getting them. Perhaps they're not liked because both parties suspect what the evidence has proved for decades: Traditional performance appraisals don't work.
    — W. Edwards Deming
    tags: work  giving  employees 
    The aim proposed here for any organization is for everybody to gain - stockholders, employees, suppliers, customers, community, the environment - over the long term.
    — W. Edwards Deming
    The goal should be to build a sustainable lifestyle business that does good for employees and customers - and that steadily builds wealth.
    — Vivek Wadhwa
    In my case, I pay a standard premium to participate in the Federal Employees' Health Benefits Plan for my wife and myself out of each month's paycheck.
    — Virgil Goode
    When I started Victoria Principal Products, there were 22 full-time employees - they were all women
    — Victoria Principal
    tags: women  employees 
    I've learned about employee relations; I've learned about following your instinct. One of the biggest mistakes you can follow is not following your instincts, you know? A lot of times your instincts will tell you what to do if you have a good one. Now, if your instincts are terrible, then you ask for advice. But if you have good instincts, you definitely have to follow them, or else you regret them.
    — Venus Williams
    The [Hobby Lobby Supreme Court] ruling raises the question of why, uniquely in the industrialized world, Americans have for so long favored an arrangement in health insurance that endows their employers with the quasi-parental power to choose the options that employees may be granted in the market for health insurance.
    — Uwe Reinhardt
    A tough manager will have realistic quotas for his employees that he keeps to himself and aggressively stretch quotas, anywhere from ten percent higher to a lot more, which he imposes on his staff. If his people miss the stretch numbers but exceed the realistic goals, he's happy. If he's a superb manager, he knows how far they can stretch without breaking.
    — Twyla Tharp
    tags: people  goal  employees 
    You have to have the kind of personality where you're resilient and you can get up and keep moving and learn what there is. What I tell my employees is, 'I want you to make mistakes. If you're not making mistakes, you're not trying hard enough. But, when we make a mistake, let's all study it. Let's all learn from it. After that, we want to make different mistakes. We don't want to keep making the same mistakes.'
    — Trip Hawkins
    I don't like bonuses for public services employees who do great jobs, like prosecutors or judges.
    — Trey Gowdy
    tags: service  job  employees 
    Contrast 1968, when the CEO of General Motors took home, in pay and benefits, about sixty-six times the amount paid to a typical GM worker. Today the CEO of Wal-Mart earns nine hundred times the wages of his average employee. Indeed, the wealth of the Wal-Mart founder's family in 2005 was estimated at about the same ($90 billion) as that of the bottom 40% of the US population: 120 million people.
    — Tony Judt
    tags: time  people  wealth  employees 
    Ask yourself: would you be comfortable printing everything your employees, customers & partners have to say about your culture?
    — Tony Hsieh
    tags: employees 
    I think when people say they dread going into work on Monday morning, it's because they know they are leaving a piece of themselves at home. Why not see what happens when you challenge your employees to bring all of their talents to their job and reward them not for doing it just like everyone else, but for pushing the envelope, being adventurous, creative, and open-minded, and trying new things?
    — Tony Hsieh
    I view my role more as trying to set up an environment where the personalities, creativity and individuality of all the different employees come out and can shine.
    — Tony Hsieh
    Businesses often forget about the culture, and ultimately, they suffer for it because you can't deliver good service from unhappy employees.
    — Tony Hsieh
    At Zappos, one of our core values is to Pursue Growth and Learning. In the lobby of our headquarters, we have a giving library where we give away books to employees and visitors that we think will help with their growth, both personally and professionally. I can't wait to add The Compound Effect to our library.
    — Tony Hsieh
    Our belief is that if you get the culture right, most of the other stuff, like great customer service, or building a great long-term brand or empowering passionate employees and customers, will happen on its own.
    — Tony Hsieh
    Every employee can affect your company's brand, not just the front-line employees that are paid to talk to your customers.
    — Tony Hsieh
    tags: employees 
    Having a higher purpose is more than just about profits. You actually end up making more profits in the long run because employees really are a lot more engaged and customers see the higher purpose in the company.
    — Tony Hsieh
    tags: employees  company 
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