Being engaged at work is a paramount issue in today’s workplace. A recent report by Steelcase showed that worldwide, two-thirds of employed people are “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” at work, meaning that they’re emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and less likely to be productive.

Solving the problem of employee engagement is multifaceted, but the bottom line is that place matters. Innovative organizations are designing spaces where their people are excited to be. A workplace that provides a range of spaces for collaboration, focus and even socializing is an engaging space because people have choice over where and how they work throughout the day—and not just because they have to but because they want to.

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The high cost of disengagement

In the U.S. alone, Gallup estimates that the cost of disengaged employees could be between $450 – $550 billion per year. Conversely, organizations with higher employee engagement experience greater productivity and profitability, and less turnover and absenteeism.