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Chapter from: "The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work"
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Published in: 2011

Abstract

To make your employees more effective, do you galvanize their performance by throwing down a challenge, creating a sense of competition and stress to bring out their toughness and creativity? Or do you give them work that they enjoy and create a culture of support? Based on a detailed study that examined daily workplace diaries from individuals at seven different companies, organizational behavior experts Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer decisively find that people do better work when they are happy, have positive views of their organization and its people, and are motivated primarily by the work itself. Based on the authors' analysis of the diaries as well as thirty years of research, this chapter explains clearly and compellingly why joy triggers your employees' greatest performance. It will show you how positive emotions, positive perceptions, and the inner motivation these feelings generate inspire employees at all levels to be more creative, committed, collegial, and productive. This chapter was originally published as Chapter 3 of ‘The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work.’ This chapter is excerpted from ‘The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work'.

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Abstract

To make your employees more effective, do you galvanize their performance by throwing down a challenge, creating a sense of competition and stress to bring out their toughness and creativity? Or do you give them work that they enjoy and create a culture of support? Based on a detailed study that examined daily workplace diaries from individuals at seven different companies, organizational behavior experts Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer decisively find that people do better work when they are happy, have positive views of their organization and its people, and are motivated primarily by the work itself. Based on the authors' analysis of the diaries as well as thirty years of research, this chapter explains clearly and compellingly why joy triggers your employees' greatest performance. It will show you how positive emotions, positive perceptions, and the inner motivation these feelings generate inspire employees at all levels to be more creative, committed, collegial, and productive. This chapter was originally published as Chapter 3 of ‘The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work.’ This chapter is excerpted from ‘The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work'.

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