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.
Merit-based employment practices contribute to gender pay gap
We’re all very familiar with the idea of merit pay at work, that workers get paid based on individual performance and not on other nonperformance-related factors. But could merit-based pay actually increase inequality?
The reward system and decision-making
Scientists have, for the first time, recorded real-time changes in dopamine and serotonin levels in the human brain that are involved with perception and decision-making. Dopamine is the main component in all mammalian reward systems and is also critical to learning and memory.
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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