Inspire (don't pester) employees to change with powerful stories

By LifeDojo Team Dec 15, 2016 6:10:00 AM

 

Employers have the best intentions. Mustering gusto and brave determination, they ll the company newsletter with upbeat descriptions of the latest opportunities awaiting staff: health screenings, tness challenges, leadership seminars and development workshops. Every time they think: This is it; this will be the one.

And maybe it is.

How to Harness the Underutilized Power of Intrinsic Motivation

By Chris Cutter Mar 22, 2016 6:07:00 AM

If you’ve ever been offered a bonus for hitting a certain number of sales or promised yourself a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream for sweating on the StairMaster, you understand the power of extrinsic motivation.

Using an external reward to promote a desired behavior works well for getting people to try something new or complete a one-off task. But it definitely has its limitations.

Take corporate wellness programs, for instance. Most are structured to provide incentives that encourage participation. If employees visit the gym a certain number of times per month or walk 10,000 steps a day, they’re rewarded with cash bonuses, gift cards, or other prizes.

On the surface, this is a smart investment for employers. Done right, workplace health programs result in increased productivity, diminished healthcare costs, and lower absenteeism. Plus, research shows that exercise supports the creation of new brain cells and can even activate parts of the brain responsible for memory retention.

It’s not easy to get great ROI from a corporate wellbeing program, but the first step in that direction is getting people engaged. Before you invest all those dollars in rewards, make sure you’re not relying too much on extrinsic motivation and ignoring the hidden power of intrinsic motivation.

Is Your Wellness Program a Slave to Fads or Backed by Science?

By Chris Cutter Sep 2, 2015 10:56:23 AM

This article was originally published in Entrepreneur.

5 insightful, classic TED talks about Happiness

By Irene Malatesta Jun 12, 2015 6:00:00 AM

We can all use a mental pick-me-up sometimes. When work and life feels difficult and demanding, hearing the hopeful, wise words of others can really give us an emotional boost and the energy to keep going.

Here are 5 inspiring, thought-provoking TED talks from the archives, all about the power of motivation, positive psychology and the journey toward happiness and fulfillment. We hope you find these as fascinating as we do.

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