Research has proven over and over again there’s a strong correlation between key business metrics and employee engagement. In fact, Gallup has shown employee engagement impacts 9 performance outcomes, including absenteeism, turnover, profitability, productivity and even safety. The relationship between employee engagement and performance outcomes remains the same in tough economic times, as well. Units that score in the top half of their organization for employee engagement experience double the success of other units, and results improve even more the higher the score. In short, happy employees make for better business. Here are some simple ways businesses of any size can build an open work environment and develop a collaborative and high-achieving workforce.