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What motivates you to work? Contrary to popular belief, this is not only money. But it is not only pleasure. It seems that most of us are thriving, constantly moving forward and feeling purposeful. The behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents two instructive experiments that show our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work.
Transcription of Dan Ariely’s performance at the TED venue:
Today I want to talk a little about work and workers. When we think about how people work, we imagine people as rats in a maze. Money is the only thing people care about, and when we pay people, we can order them to work on this or that. For this reason, we pay bonuses to bankers and pay in various ways. In fact, we unusually simplify the view of why people work and what the labor market looks like. Continue reading