If you believe that encouraging people to work more productively is largely a matter of offering cash bonuses, think again. Writing on Quartz, Oliver Staley distills the thoughts of leading behavioural economist Dan Ariely into four key approaches to motivating employees.
1) Make their work rewarding
Having asked experimental subjects to build Lego models from kits, with a small payment for each one completed, Ariely divided the participants into two groups. In one group, his researchers immediately started to dismantle each model as it was handed over. The builders in that group gave up after an average of 11 models. Not surprisingly, workers soon lose interest if their task seems pointless.