The New Model of Motivation, Part 2

(Cover Photo by Joshua Rawson-Harris on Unsplash) (This series of posts is based on journalist and author Dan Pink’s book “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” available here. Here is Part 2.) At the core of Motivation 2.0 are 2 simple ideas: “Rewarding an activity will get you more of it. Punishing an activity will get you less of it.” (Pink 34) As we ...

The New Model of Motivation, Part 1

This series of posts is based on journalist and author Dan Pink’s book “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” available here. Here is Part 1. Human societies are like computers; they have operating systems. In a computer, beneath the surface of the hardware (i.e. the physical components) rests the software, which contains all the important information needed to run the ...

12 Questions Employees Need to Ask Themselves and Managers Need to Consider

If you’ve noticed, many of our recent posts have been centering on the employee experience: how to make the workplace better for everyone. With all those posts in mind, I’d thought I’d find a resource that summarizes well what we’ve talked about over the past couple of weeks. Here are some interesting insights (and questions) that come from “the largest worldwide study ...

The Dark Side of Happiness

The Dark Side of Happiness (Friedman 94-97) We all want to be happy; it's a natural desire in us all. Many of us spend our lives trying to be happy, or to find the 'secret of eternal happiness' (if such a thing exists). Whether we realize it or not, most of our decisions are made with our happiness in mind. And with good ...

6 Things Happy Workplaces Can Learn from a Casino (Part 2)

Be sure to check out Part 1 if you've missed it! 4) Experiences are more rewarding than objects (Friedman 89-90) Psychological research has shown that experiences provide a greater happiness boost than material objects. Why is this the case? 1) "Because experiences tend to involve other people, and being in the company of others increases our happiness." 2) "Experiences expose us to new ideas and surroundings, ...

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