Engaging the workforce is an uphill battle.

Gallup reports that less than a third (30 percent) of U.S. workers say they are engaged in their jobs. And that's far greater than the global estimate: 13 percent.

Gallup polls in the past have shown that a lack of engaged managers is largely to blame for this phenomenon. Only about 20 percent of managers are able to motivate workers to get personally involved in the corporate mission.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.