Go Beyond Perks to Increase Employee Engagement

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Bethany Newman

It’s an open secret in the talent development world: Improving employee engagement is not only tough, it seems impossible at times. Every manager and every organization has thrown the kitchen sink at the problem.

Free lunches? Check. Flexible hours and locations? Check. Bring-your-own-device programs? Check. Incentives, benefits and gym memberships? You got it. Chances are, your organization has done it all. Perhaps you’ve invested in guest speakers, lunch-and-learn workshops and offsite meetings, too.

But maybe we’re looking at the employee engagement conundrum the wrong way. What if instead of just offering perks,…

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