The Science Behind Motivation


There are few things I love more then when psychological research can be used to change the way we think about how businesses are run.

In this video, Dan Pink tears apart traditional views of how employees should be motivated. He talks about the disconnect between what psychologists know and businesses do; specifically talking about intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivators.

One of my favorite lines is when he talks about intrinsic motivation by saying, “We have the desire to do things because they matter, because we like it, and because it’s interesting”, not because we’re getting a bonus to do it.  I truly believe in putting employees into roles that allow them the autonomy to achieve these things and think companies will be extremely successful when they can figure out how to do this.

He then goes on to talk about companies that are motivating employees the right way and one of his examples actually mirrors our Hackathon (a full day where our Software Developers get to work on whatever project they want). Even though we aren’t perfect, it’s nice to know that we’re on target with some of our more fun motivating initiatives.

This clip is a bit long, but worth it.