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Foster employee engagement to increase satisfaction, productivity

A combination of business intelligence, thoughtful leadership and reward and recognition programs can go a long way toward creating an engaged staff.

Maintaining a motivated staff of employees who are satisfied by their jobs isn't merely a matter of providing occasional feedback and encouragement. Rather, managers must ensure that the office or workplace provides an environment in which individuals have the balance of flexibility, structure and supervisor contact they need to thrive. A combination of business intelligence, thoughtful leadership and reward and recognition programs can go a long way toward creating an engaged staff.

Entrepreneur recently pointed out that when supervisors spot disengaged employees, they should help solve the problem rather than point fingers.

"An enlightened company knows that [it has] human beings on staff, and [knows] that [it has] problems that require human solutions," human resources expert Paul Hebert told the news source.

Furthermore, managers increase employee productivity at the same time as they re-engage disinterested or distracted staff members. HR writer Laurie Ruettimann told Entrepreneur that many workers respond well to being set clearer goals.

"The best way to refocus their attention is put a deadline in front of them," Ruettiman​n said, according to the news source.

Employee reward programs can help ensure that those goals don't go unrecognized when employees meet them.

The office of the future
The physical layout of the workspace can be a key factor in determining employees' comfort and productivity levels. The Workplace of the Future contest, sponsored by Staples and architecture magazine Metropolis, recently called upon designers to create blueprints of what the ideal office will look like in 2020. Design professionals who participated focused on building employee-centered environments. The contest also called upon participants to rethink furniture design, giving employees the ability to move their workstations from place to place and increase collaboration.

Companies that want to increase employee engagement by moving their offices toward this future vision might consider how they can capitalize on the space they already have to maximize comfort and creative workflows. 

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