Simple ways to make your employees happier

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Steve Hardwick: Throw hierarchy under the bus and preach that failure is a good thing. I've found that when you open the door to everyone's ideas and then green light some, the message of possibility far outweighs the fear of failure.

Brittany Cooper: Transparency plus communication: In my experience, employee engagement always increases when a leader can break down the wall of us (leadership) vs. them (employees). Give them a seat at the table and invite their thoughts, suggestions, and feedback on a regular basis.

Faith Megna: Listen to their feedback and don't discount them, especially when it very well could be the unveiled truth of what is taking place in the company.

Ian Gertler: One of the things I've been focusing on is the importance of social collaboration that empowers productivity -- but also reinforces that work-life balance. It's one of the reasons that I left IBM and joined the amazing Kona team back in October. Enabling people with technology that can reinforce and enhance both professional and personal needs to get connected, get organized, and get things done with the groups in your life has been a big differentiating foundation -- and the vision behind the two co-founders.