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As more companies move toward distributed workforces, the challenge becomes not only to maintain a positive company culture for your in-house staff, but also to immerse all of your remote workers in your company culture. Due to sheer logistics, that is a more difficult proposition. How do you keep remote employees engaged when they can be any where at any time?

It’s long been a corporate practice that employee recognition is left for annual reviews or company anniversary programs. These once or twice a year moments are important, but are not going to be what motivates employees to work smarter. An annual increase in compensation and a t-shirt marking someone’s 10th year at a company is not what improves company morale or reaching new goals.

While job-related incentives have traditionally been used to boost sales performance in the past, companies are now looking to break the mold with new and ingenious rewards packages such as vacation getaways or the latest in highly coveted gadgets. A new dawn of non-cash incentives is upon us and they’re sexier, more fun, and help employees strike a better work-life balance than previous. Best of all, they’ll keep employees happy and sales at an all time high.

In general, employees working in the United States are particularly bad at achieving a proper work life balance, coming in at 8th to last on the OECD Better Life Index. While this is due to many factors, including manager apprehension and lack of understanding effective policies, there is something employees and managers can do to make a positive change in their work life balance.

Good communication is important when you’re talking to family, friends, or even strangers. But in the workplace, effective communication plays a pivotal role in maintaining the delicate balance of a company. Choosing what to say at the appropriate time can increase company productivity, employee morale, and encourage a smoother workflow. On the other hand, bad communication in the office can lead to mismanaged projects and unhealthy employee relationships. Here are some of the 6 best ways you can improve communication in your office.