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Is employee engagement required for happiness?

When implementing an employee rewards program, it can be difficult to recognize and understand the connections between the elements necessary for success.

When implementing an employee rewards program, it can be difficult to recognize and understand the connections between the elements necessary for success.

One common mix-up occurs between happiness and engagement, with many managers putting the chicken before the egg and determining workers need to be happy to be engaged. However, according to business expert and author Kevin Kruse in a recent article for Forbes, it's actually the other way around.

For Kruse, it comes down to how companies understand engagement. Staff members are engaged when they're emotionally committed to a firm and its goals. This is demonstrated by them going above and beyond in their daily tasks and caring about the results.

"Engaged sales people are the ones still banging out cold calls on a Friday afternoon," Kruse explains. "Engaged programmers are the ones working through the night in order to hit a deadline. Being fully engaged at work gives us a sense of purpose, of meaning, of belonging…vital human needs beyond the paycheck."

Businesses can create this level of engagement through clear communication of each employee's role in the organization and how they're making measurable and meaningful differences.

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