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Big Data Says Employees Want More Than Money

MIT data scientist Alex "Sandy" Pentland, author of Social Physics, says big data shows much of what managers assume about employee motivation is false.

Alex 'Sandy' Pentland, author of Social Physics.
Alex "Sandy" Pentland, author of Social Physics.

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Michael Fitzgerald
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2/5/2014 | 4:48:34 PM
Re: what employees want
Indeed. That would fit with Pentland's argument. It will be interesting to see how economists respond. 
Ariella
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Ariella,
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2/5/2014 | 9:37:06 AM
what employees want
According to this article, what they really want is meaningful work:  

For decades, Americans have ranked purpose as their top priority—above promotions, income, job security, and hours. Work is a search "for daily meaning as well as daily bread," wrote Studs Turkel after interviewing hundreds of people in a striking array of jobs.

Research reveals:


When people craft their jobs, they become happier and more effective. In an experiment at Google, colleagues and I invited salespeople and administrators to spend 90 minutes doing the Job Crafting Exercise—they mapped out ways to make their tasks and interactions more meaningful and contribute more to others. Six weeks later, their managers and coworkers rated them as happier and more effective. When they developed new skills to support more significant changes, the happiness and performance gains lasted for at least six months.
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