Praising essential workers is not just a good thing, it's critical to their recovery from burnout
Remember all those Twitter and Instagram posts thanking front-line workers after the COVID pandemic hit? Turns out those were a big deal to essential workers. Unfortunately, not all the essential workers felt the love, and that had major negative impacts.
Job interest not a big predictor of job satisfaction
To be satisfied with a job, you don’t have to worry too much about finding a perfect fit for your interests. As long as it’s something you don’t hate doing, you may find yourself very satisfied if you have a good supervisor, like your coworkers, and are treated fairly.
The (neuro)science of getting and staying motivated
There is no question that motivation is one of the hardest and yet most important factors in life. It's the difference between success and failure, goal setting and aimlessness, well-being and unhappiness. And yet, why is it so hard to get motivated—or even if we do, to keep it up?
People try to do right by each other, no matter the motivation
The motivation for altruism is rooted in our need for collaboration and status. We feel increased status when we behave generously—even when no one else notices our generosity.
Yes, your dog wants to rescue you
Humans have come to expect rescuing from their canine companions. Simply observing dogs rescuing someone doesn’t tell you much, the difficult challenge is figuring out why they do it.
Can't buy me love - or friendship
When people’s self-worth is contingent on money, they view their financial success as being tied to the core of who they are as a person. But much of what’s required to achieve success in the financial domain comes at the expense of spending time with family and friends.
Blissful ignorance about COVID-19 or painful truth?
We live in a time of unprecedented access to information. But do we really want all this information, all the time?
Music at work increases cooperation, teamwork
I find that when I’m working, I’m usually humming or whistling a tune that’s been around in my head for a while. Sometimes it’s classical, or from opera—Gilbert and Sullivan, Franz Lehar or Bizet usually—and at other times folk or country and western. I have often wondered about the relationship between music and work.
Innovation is widespread in rural areas, not just cities
This “hidden” innovation brings economic benefits to businesses and communities, according to researchers, whose findings will help decision makers think in new ways about innovation and how they can support it.
Caring for family is what motivates people worldwide
"People consistently rated kin care and mate retention as the most important motivations in their lives, and we found this over and over, in all 27 countries that participated,"
Humans have just four goals
New research suggests that the broadest aspects of human motivation are overwhelmingly social in nature - the need to belong.
Shared values lead to collaboration
Deeply held values, which align closely with political leanings, can predict whether someone takes action to protect the environment - and it suggests people on opposite ends of the political spectrum can be spurred to take action, as long as messaging taps into those values.
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