Employee engagement has risen in the past year, according to Temkin Group research, and those companies with highly engaged employees are reaping meaningful rewards in terms of personnel and profit.

Temkin researchers say engaged employees are three times as likely to suggest improvements to a firm than those who aren't engaged and twice as likely to do something positive for the company, even if it's not expected of them. They are also twice as likely to stay late at work to get something done or help a co-worker without being asked. Moreover, a highly engaged worker is reportedly more than six times as likely to recommend a friend or relative apply for a job at their company.

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