There is a lot riding on employee engagement these days. No forward looking business would argue that it hasn’t become an important part of their growth strategy. At higher levels, it’s a business catalyst that elevates just about every conceivable financial metric. At low levels, however, it stymies growth and jeopardizes a firm’s long term outlook. The verdict is in: companies with more engaged employees outperform those that don’t have them and executives everywhere are determined to be on the right side of that equation.