When Work Has Meaning, The Culture Changes

Great Leadership By Dan

Intention and attention from leaders can have a beneficial impact on employees feelings of contribution, value, and worth, which can boost productivity and service. This was seen in a study called the Hawthorne Effect , which was run by Elton Mayo at Western Electric’s Hawthorne Works factory, outside of Chicago, IL, in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. The purpose of the study was to analyze the effects of workplace conditions on individual productivity.

When Clinicians Know They’re Being Watched, Patients Fare Better

Harvard Business

In the 1920s, a series of experiments were conducted at Hawthorne Works, a Western Electric telephone factory just outside Chicago, to study the effects of lighting on worker productivity. The researchers found that improved lighting increased manufacturing output – but only until the study ended, when productivity reverted to its previous level, even though the new lighting persisted. The effect goes beyond productivity.