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Overworked and unrefreshed, employees today are in danger of burnout. New technologies encourage workers to work long after they leave the office. Productivity suffers. Morale suffers. To counter these negative effects, business experts Tony Schwartz and Christine Porath explain how engaging employees helps boost moods, fuel productivity and rake in profits. Many business leaders may think they already understand this concept, but Schwartz and Porath challenge them to put their thoughts into action. getAbstract recommends this useful essay to supervisors and managers sensing employee burnout.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to create more engaged employees,
  • Why engaged employees make companies have higher staff retention and better profits,
  • What simple changes companies can make towards their employees.

About the Authors

Tony Schwartz is The Energy Project’s chief executive. Christine Porath is a business professor at Georgetown University.



Only 30% of US employees “feel engaged at work.” A survey by The Energy Project and Harvard Business Review found workers were happiest and most effective with their needs fulfilled. Supervisors can foster more engaged employees by: 1) encouraging workday breaks and time off to recharge, 2) helping them feel valued for their work, 3) giving them opportunities to focus, and 4) connecting their efforts to wider goals. According to Gallup, the companies with the most energized and able workers are 22% more profitable than those with the least energized employees. 

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