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A Beginner's Guide to Irrational Behavior
Prof. Dan Ariely, Duke University
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The Value of Meaning in Work
Notes taken on September 7, 2016 by Edward Tanguay
talked to software company
200 engineers in room
had worked on project which was supposedly the next visionary project for the company
worked on it for two years
a week before the CEO cancelled the project
it was a demotivated group
they reported that they began to come to work later, and go home earlier
the CEO was seeing the workers as rats in a maze
made them run in this direction for two years
it wasn't a good direction anymore
simply changed the direction
many of these workers left the company after this experience
asked them another question
in what way could the CEO have cancelled this project in a way that would not be so demotivating
if he had allowed them to present the project in front of the whole company
if he had allowed them to think about what aspects of this technology could be useful for other projects
these ideas would take time and money
but they would salvage meaning that is alive in the employees and which motivates them
Google allows employees to work 20% of their time on their own projects
one purpose of this is to develop useful projects
another purpose is to help make people feel valuable and help maintain and nurture the meaning that they feel in the jobs