Dan Ariely: What makes us feel good about our work? | Video on TED.com

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Dan Ariely: What makes us feel good about our work? | Video on TED.com.

A truly inspiring video on what contributes to motivation at work.

This behavioural economist has conducted a number of experiments to see how motivated people are during various working conditions.  Most interesting was that the experiments drew out the nuanced differences in attitude towards work for tasks that hold little meaning – building Bionicles for a few dollars per for example.  His experiments would control for a reaction to reactions to work that would range from acknowledgement of work done, to ignoring the work, to destruction of the work.  He found that there was a very thin line between the demotivating effects of the second and third scenarios.

Of most interest to me were his suggestions from workers on how to avoid disappointment and demotivation that can come with working on abandoned projects.  Suggestions from workers themselves included: presenting to colleagues about what they had learned in their work and looking at ways to re-tool projects for use in other parts of the organization.

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