A business is nothing without its people. Whether you employ or manage one person, one hundred or even a thousand. Research suggests if your employees are engaged in the workplace you can expect a 19% increase in operating income over a 12 month period. If they are disengaged it can result in a 33% decrease.
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You might be surprised and possibly relieved to note that money is not the primary reason employees are happy, loyal or engaged. It is, in fact, the relationships people have with their co-workers. In fact, having a close “work” friend can increase productivity x7 and builds greater loyalty. We thought this was a very interesting angle to we spoke to best selling author, Jason Treu to understand how the business owners and managers can encourage friendships and create a productive, happy work environment primed for growth and innovation.
His bestselling book, Social Wealth, the how-to-guide on building professional relationships, has sold more than 35,000 copies and has been no.1 in four business and self-help categories.