Two TED talks I’ve watched lately have some interesting views on why we work and what motivates us and to what extent our approach to this is based on outdated (and even disproven) ideas.
For example, does being given incentive payments make us work harder, faster or better?
If we’re given the freedom to choose how and when we work, does this mean we will produce more or less than before?
If this is your area of interest, too, I recommend you take a look:
The Way We Think About Work is Broken – Barry Schwartz
The Puzzle of Motivation – Dan Pink
You may never look at a candle, a box of tacks, or a payslip the same way again!