Motivating employees isn’t always easy, but one of the most important ways to gauge your team’s performance is often overlooked: employee engagement. New research by Gallup suggests that over 52% of employees in the U.S. are disengaged from their work. And that’s a serious problem: Disengagement not only reduces productivity but also reduces quality of work output, causing major consequences in the long run.

So what can you, as a manager, do? While you might think it’s time to hand out bonuses to get your employees ramped up again, sometimes a little appreciation and recognition can go a long way. Read the Slideshare below to the four steps to drastically improving employee engagement—and getting your team back on track this week.


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