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Why Incentives Don’t Actually Motivate People to Do Better Work

“Psychology research shows that rewards only yield “temporary compliance”: your behavior might change for a period, but it’ll slide back like so many failed diets. As social scientist Alfie Kohn has observed at the Harvard Business Review, rewards like money, vacations, banquets, and plaques do little in the way of changing people’s attitudes. It’s the same reason why offering incentives to quit smoking, lose weight, or use a seatbelt are terrible strategies for making long-term behavior change. “Incentives … do not alter the attitudes that underlie our behaviors,” Kohn says. “They do not create an enduring commitment to any value… Read more Why Incentives Don’t Actually Motivate People to Do Better Work

The Secret to Feeling Energized at Work? Autonomy. – 99U

Help your teams find interesting work: “Research shows that finding what you do interesting and believing it has inherent value is likely the single best way to stay motivated despite difficulty, setbacks, and unexpected roadblocks. Additionally, interest in your work doesn’t just keep you going despite fatigue, it actually replenishes your energy.” via The Secret to Feeling Energized at Work? Autonomy. – 99U.