Created on Wednesday, 23 March 2011 00:00
Written by Winston Wong
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink is a book that reveals truths of what motivates us at work – including contradicting time-tested motivational methods – as well as sets us thinking what drives us at work.
The book talks us through what is scientifically proven about motivation could be put to good use in business. Author Daniel Pink also illustrates – and astounds – us by refuting traditional forms of motivation, which may in fact work the other way round. For example, the reward system may backfire when rewards are withheld or not dished out at all.
Refuting common beliefs aside, autonomy is touched upon as an important aspect of motivation. Having the say and control over managing your work tasks and time may increase your drive and in turn efficiency as well. Hence, it is advised that companies grant employees a reasonable amount of autonomy to up the general level of productivity at work. However, that is not to say that companies should simply jump into giving everyone that privilege. Trial runs with clear measures of productivity put in place could be implemented first.
For those looking at raising productivity levels and looking for a new perspective on the use of incentives, this Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Washintgton Post bestseller will prove to be useful.
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