Today’s workplace is more focused on productivity and engagement than ever before. There are countless resources and strategies for getting employees to care more about their work and get more done. Managers and leaders are forever chasing the latest app, new management style or workplace culture mindset.

Yet for all those new tools, the needle on employee engagement has not moved significantly over the last several years. Gallup clocked U.S. worker engagement at 34 percent in 2018, and engagement has hovered around 30 percent over the last 18 years. Engagement levels have as much to do with the economy as they do with the latest productivity trend. Gallup calls it the “job security hypothesis.” In a job-seeker’s market, workers can jump ship when they’re not satisfied and look for a more fulfilling position at another organization.

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