Behavioral economist Dan Ariely presented a TED talk last year titled, What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work? Ariely argues that we are now in a “knowledge economy” in which prioritizing efficiency and utilizing monetary incentives do not always lead to the best results in our work. To be most effective, workers need a sense of connection and meaning. But meaning is greatly underestimated and misunderstood.
Meaningful work, says Ariely, is the sum of intangibles like ownership, creation, and challenge. For example, challenging tasks give us a greater sense of accomplishment and pride. One experiment Ariely references demonstrates that just ignoring work efforts is as harmful as destroying the work in front of its creator’s eyes. This in turn eliminates a great deal of future motivation.
Laptop Lounge members encompass a wide range of the new knowledge economy, and it’s no surprise. A shared workspace offers a community with which to share ideas and successes, leading to a happier and more passionate workforce.
Watch the TED talk here: http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_ariely_what_makes_us_feel_good_about_our_work.html