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When you think about employee retention, does your mind go to things like in-office perks, benefits, and salaries?

Time and time again, it's been observed that these actually aren't the things that convince employees to stay or to leave.

What does sway this decision is what their workplace does to make them feel supported, productive, and fulfilled.

Employees leave when they feel their workplace isn’t making an effort to keep up with and empower their future.

There’s an observable link between workplace technology and employee retention. Here’s how to use tech to improve employee retention—and what it’s going to cost you if you choose to ignore it.

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Design-wise, the modern office has undergone a seismic shift over the past generation.

Instead of cubicles and coveted corner offices, the modern workplace is an expanse of foosball tables, dogs, and mid-century-inspired desks stretched as far as the eye can see across wide-open spaces.

But beyond these radical design updates, the modern workplace has also evolved in a variety of other ways. From culture to technology, today we’re going to dive into how both the nature of work and how it’s being done has changed considerably in recent decades—and what you can do to keep up. 

Inefficiency in the office causes more than just slow progress and wasted salary dollars.

Inefficiency directly impacts productivity, which is inextricably linked to the all-important element of employee morale.

When offices are inefficient and people feel they are unable to do good work for reasons that are beyond their control, it wears down their morale and, thus, their productivity. This hopelessness and inability to make an impact leads to worse and worse work—creating a dangerous, downward spiral that’s hard to break out of.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

It’s the million-dollar question for consultants and professional service firms (PSFs) alike: How can we more easily maintain and increase our profit margins?

In the real word, generating profit takes a lot of time, investment, and practice. Increasing your margins isn’t always as simple as adding more clients, doubling your rate, or simply working more hours—there are nearly countless factors that go into improving profit margins for consulting services business.

A new era of productivity is emerging. It’s safe to say that the workplace you developed your skills in is not the same workplace you show up to everyday.

In the industrial economy of the past, model employees would work at capacity for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year—give or take some time for holidays.

That model may have worked when employees were considered nothing more than cogs in the machine—a means to a company’s ends.

We live in an age where there are hundreds, if not thousands of tools that can help streamline your meeting management.

And with new tools coming available all the time, you have to wonder why anyone is still scheduling and running meetings manually.

Here’s why: With so many tools available, it can be tough to cut through the noise and find the tools that are truly worth having — the ones that are so great, you’ll wonder how you ever managed meetings without them.

How often has this happened to you?

You spent all weekend prepping for a presentation to your boss' boss. You are hyped. You’re ready to knock it out of the park. You head to the conference room you reserved specifically for this important presentation—only to find John from compliance giving his end of the year update in your meeting room!

Whoa, what just happened? Well, you just became a victim of the double-booked conference room. Here’s exactly what that means, what it costs, and what your organization can do to keep it from happening and taking profit and productivity down with it.

Today, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of effective communication tools for the workplace.

There are all kinds of email platforms, Slack, Google Drive, custom intranets, Asana, Jira, knowledge bases, Basecamp, video chat...the list goes on and on.

It almost makes you wonder: Why have face-to-face meetings at all? Especially when you think of all the stats pointing at their ineffectiveness.

Because, as it turns out, meetings are the best way to transmit company culture and important nonverbal communication, boost productivity by as much as 10 percent, solve disagreements, and even improve creativity by over 70 percent.