A company is like a machine. When all the parts are engaged, the entire machine runs efficiently. If any one part of the machine becomes disengaged, then the engine slows down or breaks altogether. A company with disengaged employees suffers the same results, a faulty work system. Engaged employees help to cultivate an engaged workplace.

If you have ever had a job that leaves you feeling unfulfilled and frustrated, then you know the sluggishness that comes with disengagement. Your thought processes slow down, your work level decreases, and your dedication to accuracy reduces.

A recent Gallup poll study reported that only 32% of people are engaged in the workplace. This disengagement has become a societal issue that costs an estimated 450 billion dollars in lost productivity annually to businesses while fracturing the work culture.

These fractures to people and organizations have been described by Otto Scharmer, author of Theory U, as the blind spot, or by Rebecca Ryan, author of Regeneration, like winter. Business is moving toward a Relationship Era, where people are searching beyond the goods. They are searching for new ways to do business that combine money, work-life balance, and job satisfaction. Especially as the younger generation, who will make up over fifty percent of the workforce, takes center stage in the next five years.

Here are five ways you can help build a work environment that supports engagement in your workplace:

Make Words and Actions Match

How often have you have lost trust in someone because he or she did not follow through on a commitment, or said one thing and then did something different? Engagement becomes authentic when there is trust built into the relationship. Matching words and actions helps build trust and allows engagement to thrive. Without trust people become guarded and frustrated, causing disengagement. This is a soft skill that keeps the business machine on task.

Keep Focused on the Goals

How many times have work or goals been sidetracked by people complaining about the process or the people? Hours disappear, and people lose purpose when the goal is to talk about the challenges or the problems instead of focusing on the solutions or the goals. Employees are more likely to work together when they keep focused on a common mission that completes a goal. Redirecting conversations to solutions and boundaries helps keep the tasks focused and more productive. Without focus, people become sidetracked and do not work efficiently, causing the gears to slow down, or possibly break. Work runs more effectively when you focus on the goals. You spend time focused on the goals instead of fretting about the past or finding someone to blame.

Empower Your People

What does an office environment feel like when employees are micro-managed or not given direct tasks to complete? A limited sense of accomplishment or connection to the work projects occurs when people are not empowered to use their talents and skills. Hire people that match the culture you are trying to create, then let them go. Give employees measurable goals with timelines then let them use their strengths to complete the tasks. Employees feel they are more a part of the team and have a sense of purpose when given clear tasks that benefit the work machine.

Utilize Employee Skill

Everyone has skills. Whether it be delivering the mail or creating code, The challenge for many organizations is hiring people that have the skills that are needed and making sure to match talents and expertise to the work. When you hire the right people for the right jobs, then you stand a better chance at keeping employees engaged and satisfied. Sometimes, when someone is struggling at a job, the action to try first is to move them to another job that better suits their skills. Individuals will continue to engage when given tasks that they can complete successfully.

Maintain Work-Life Balance

An overworked machine has a greater chance of burnout or breaking. This overwork is the same with the human parts of your company. Find what works for your team. Be creative. Does a flexible schedule for employees or remote work bring value to the work-life balance of your organization? Do employees in your organization enjoy afternoon lunches with the team? Remember that what you consider to be work-life balance may not be the same for others. Try and create an environment that balances the work that needs to be completed with an acknowledgment that their hard work is recognized and valued. In this new world of technology and globalization, the opportunities expand.

These actions can help your company keep running like a well-oiled machine.