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In the past 100 years, we have not seen a disruption as dramatic as the COVID-19 pandemic to both the business landscape and daily life. As businesses, schools and other activities moved into the home or were put on pause, leaders struggled to keep their teams connected and engaged. At its lowest, employee engagement dropped to 31% in June 2020, reflecting the challenges business and HR leaders faced as they pivoted to a largely unfamiliar remote workplace.

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