Dump the carrot and stick

Dan Pink’s, “Drive: the Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us“, outlines in an engaging and informative way how organisations are perpetuating the myth that the way to motivate workers is to offer them a carrot or beat them with a stick.

In this interview, he explains what organisations can do to create an environment which encourages autonomy, competence and relatedness – the 3 basic psychological needs that Self-Determination Theory proposes we all need to thrive.

Dan Pink – Washington Post interview

In my research, I will be exploring the notion that traditional approaches to reward result in motivation that is short-lived, lacking in engagement, less productive and detrimental to employee’s wellbeing. Watch this space!


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