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Cherry Chan

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Transcript of Motivation

What is motivation?
Discussion Questions
Traditional: Individual Automatons
Real life Autonomy
Motivation and Happiness
where workers work in a routine matter based environment
working as if they are robots
monotonous: where there are not a variety of events that happen
no specific routine they have to follow
choose their own actions

Which Strategy is Better?
With an autonomy work atmosphere, productivity rises, stress declines.
Higher job satisfaction and performance
Better conceptual understanding, better grades, enhance performance in both school and sports, higher productivity, and a better level of psychological mentality.
Employers use their creativity and take it to the next level
Employees are less likely to leave a job for another job with a large increase in salary
benefits those working with a job that requires creativity
make routine work less mundane, more autonomous and more meaningful

People will be most creative when they feel motivated primarily the interest, satisfaction, and challenge of the work itself – not by external pressures.
- (Theresa Amabile, ‘How to Kill Creativity’, Harvard Business Review, September – October 1998)
"If-Then Rewards"
Not as universally effective as we have come to believe
Does not work all that well for complicated, conceptual, creative tasks
Get their attention and a lot of activity
Not a lot of creativity because they want to get the job done receive the reward

‘If… then’ rewards work really well for those sorts of tasks where there’s a simple set of rules and a clear destination to go to. (Dan Pink, Ted Talk)
Extrinsic motivation is a motivation that comes from outside an individual
Intrinsic motivation is a motivation that comes from within an individual;
Healthy lifestyle
Happier relationships
By being happier with our own jobs, it can lead to higher productivity

How to become more happy with our jobs?
What is your motivation?
the reason you act and behave a certain way
“When we think about labour, we usually think about motivation and payment as the same thing, but the reality is that we should probably add all kinds of things to it like meaning, creation, challenges, ownership, identify, pride, etc. Add them up, it can get people to be more productive and happier” - Dan Airley (TEDTalk)
Employees have uncommon freedom and control of their time
Free gourmet food and snacks
Free transportation to and from work
In-office facilities
80/20 rule
Companies influenced by Google
Why so few?
"Life is too short to spend it on a job that doesn't make you smile"
Some people work more efficiently in a controlled environment
following orders
managing time

Autonomy is not suitable for all environments
Results of 80/20
Google -
Docs, Slides, Sheets, etc.
"Employees say they don't know whether they work fewer hours - they've stopped counting" (Tamara Erickson, Harvard Business Review)
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