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The brass tacks of employee engagement

In the past several years, many organizations have become more aggressive in their pursuit of employee engagement, especially since a landmark report by Gallup showed just how disengaged the workforce is today.

In the past several years, many organizations have become more aggressive in their pursuit of employee engagement, especially since a landmark report by Gallup showed just how disengaged the workforce is today. Following the release of that study, there have been countless other pieces of research that focused on the direct financial damages that can be traced back to a lack of engagement. 

At the end of the day, it should be all too clear just how important an engaged, focused and happy staff is to corporate performances and financial prowess, yet some companies have not understand either the value of the related investments or how to manage them. Luckily, for the workforce and organizations alike, the understanding is spreading a bit more quickly today than it has in the past, and more firms are beginning to launch strategies to maximize employee engagement and retention. 

"More firms are launching strategies to maximize employee engagement."

Hard facts
Mashable recently explained some of the reasons why companies should be more focused on employee engagement, as well as the best ways to maximize these sentiments across the business. First, the ponews provider pointed out that ADP's latest rert indicated that disengagement can quickly lead to employee churn, which has significant and negative impacts on the organization's bottom line given the high cost of turnover. 

According to the news provider, one of the strongest methods of increasing engagement continues to be the launch of recognition and rewards programs which make the firm's valuation of its employees clear to each individual staff member. After all, not giving employees a clear and definitive sign that they are worth their weight will inevitably cause problems in productivity, morale, culture and engagement itself. 

Finally, Mashable noted that collaborative cultures have been found to yield more prolific benefits with respect to engagement, and that companies can reach the root causes of issues by focusing on corporate values and missions. 

Alignment is key

Alignment is key
Engagement can be a hard sell in the boardroom, as it is still viewed by many as a somewhat nebulous idea which cannot necessarily be changed by expenditures. However, this is why decision-makers and managers might want to leverage professional services when pitching engagement-related investments to other executives, as this will lead to clearer return on investment projections and more specialized delivery of the programs themselves. 

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