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It should be simple: pay people fairly, treat them well, give them meaningful work, and they’ll be loyal and productive employees for years to come. So why isn’t this working? These days companies seem to be competing to offer more and more gimmicky perks to attract and retain star performers. And Bersin estimated in 2012 that organizations were investing $720 million a year on engagement improvement programs. Yet, despite the free dog-grooming, laundry service and ping-pong tables, only a tiny fraction of employees are engaged in their jobs – 13% globally. The least engaged age group? Millennials. They’re almost twice as likely to be bored at work than Baby Boomers. Why is this problem so prevalent right now? Gallup believes that resistance to change is a key factor – organizations are not adapting fast enough to new technologies, a globalized, distributed workforce, the gig economy, and younger workers’ unique expectations. Or perhaps we’re simply applying band-aids and not tackling the root of the problem.