At Microsoft, retaining a happy, productive staff starts on day one

1,300 miles from corporate HQ, leaders at the technology giant’s Fargo campus use communication, celebrations, and volunteerism to foster a culture that engages and motivates employees.

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From the moment new employees arrive for their first day at Microsoft’s 81-acre campus in Fargo, N.D., the efforts begin toward keeping them happy, motivated, and challenged.

That’s a top priority for the leadership team in Fargo, where almost 1,700 employees and vendors work, and at Microsoft facilities around the world, said Katie Hasbargen, senior communications manager at the North Dakota campus in this Ragan training session, “It starts on day one: Create and maintain a happy, engaged workforce at Microsoft.”

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