“…a small amount of meaning can take us a long way.”

“…allowing employees to feel a sense of completion and ensuring that a job well done is acknowledged.

Perhaps the words of Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician, to “make a habit of two things—to help, or at least to do no harm” are as important in the workplace as they are in medicine.

(above are quotes from The Upside of Irrationality by Dan Ariely)

It is important to encourage employees instead of dampen their spirits by destroying their work or ignoring their feelings.  A little motivation will get you very far, the work output would make a lot of difference. The author of the upside of irrationality and his team did experiments on how people do well when motivated and once that effort has been diluted or remained unrecognized, the effect could be reflected in losing meaning in their work. I shared the same feeling when one time I was tasked to do a video presentation. I worked so hard for it until I completed the whole piece. But during the event, I was informed that they won’t be playing everything because it would take too much time. I really felt bad then because I worked hours for that, editing again and again, even to the point of repeating the rendering of the video several times. But later, they still played the whole thing. It’s a relief. I agree that ignoring your hard work would dissolve any motivation to do another job. So if companies want to manage their employees well, they should make policies that would encourage them instead of putting off the flame that motivates them. If creating too many boundaries limits the space the workers are enable to express themselves or simply accomplish the duty at hand, then the company might need to rethink their policies or they would have to lose their really good employees.

On a personal level, we could try to find what motivates us, so that we can discipline ourselves to get the job done and be happy while carrying out the work or task.


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