From hiring and retaining top talent to building their leadership pipeline, research has shown that today’s CEO is most concerned with their workforce. And they’re right to worry, as a staggering 71% of employees report they are unhappy at work and looking for new jobs and fewer than one-third of employees report feeling engaged at work. This is a massive problem, and a costly one: disengaged workers cost American corporations $550 billion each year.

This is why developing and nurturing a motivated workforce is one of the single most important things any organization should focus on. Motivated workers focus on what matters (to the company and to them), are agile and aligned around key strategic objectives, and achieve today’s goals while also developing themselves to meet tomorrow’s challenges. There are several traits and characteristics that all motivated workers share:

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A well-designed Continuous Performance Management process backed up by robust technology designed to support it, feeds and nourishes each of these traits. To learn more about how you can build a motivated workforce for your organization, check out our complete guide to The Anatomy of a Motivated Employee.