Why we hate to wait
Why are some of us willing to pay extra to have a task completed ahead of time, or work additional hours more when it allows us to achieve closure sooner? Read what the researchers have to say.
How the brain responds to reward is linked to socioeconomic background
If your brain tells you there’s a high chance you’re going to receive a reward, will it motivate you to collect more rewards? This article looks at how our environment can influence our behavior.
Guilt not as persuasive if directly tied to personal responsibility
Research has uncovered that guilt works better when it's more 'existential', meaning it appeals to a person’s general desire to better society rather than giving them direct responsibility for a specific problem. A tactic that might be seen as overly manipulative.
Managers exploit loyal workers
"Managers targeted loyal workers because they believe that loyalty comes with a duty to make personal sacrifices for their company."
Are you chasing your dreams or running from your fears?
Personal awareness of what drives us to achieve the things that matter is a critical step in protecting mental health.
Not pursuing your goals is often good for your mental health
Humans are not goal orientated. We're best at achieving goals that we enjoy the process of working towards. Being stressed makes meeting targets really bad for you.
Cash is not a good way to motivate employees
US firms spent more than $90 billion annually on tangible employee rewards, such as gift cards, recreation trips and merchandise in hopes of increasing productivity.
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.
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