When Work Has Meaning, The Culture Changes

Great Leadership By Dan

Chris Edmonds: In order to value team members, or help them find meaning in their work - that is, contribution to the greater good, to their community or even society - you don’t need to start a formal organizational initiative. 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. culture Hawthorne effect S.

Virgin Atlantic Tested 3 Ways to Change Employee Behavior

Harvard Business

For many years, teams at Virgin Atlantic have been testing ways to motivate efficient decision-making in the cockpit. This is consistent with a well-documented social science phenomenon called the Hawthorne effect, whereby people change their behavior as a result of knowing they are being observed. Challenging captains to meet higher performance targets proved to be the most cost-effective intervention.

Uber Shows How Not to Apply Behavioral Economics

Harvard Business

In a paper published in 2009 , Alex Haynes and colleagues examined the use and effectiveness of checklists in eight hospitals in eight cities in the Unites States. In a related paper published in 2013 , Alexander Arriaga and colleagues had 17 operating-room teams participate in 106 simulated surgical-crisis scenarios. Each team was randomly assigned to work with or without a checklist and instructed to implement the critical processes of care.