Dan Ariely says the secret to productivity is truly caring. As the Psychology and Behavioral Economics professor at Duke University explains in Big Think’s video, “ The Science of Productivity and Motivation,” managers can inspire productivity in employees when workers have “goodwill,” or a positive reason or motivation to help others.
Seems pretty simple, but how do you get people to truly care? Focus on long-term results instead of short-term goals. According to Ariely, managers should also encourage workers to use their creative energies.
A past study from Japan found that seeing images of cute things boosted people’s focus, Medical Daily previously reported. Another study earlier this year also linked extended attention and focus to people who are bilingual.
Other unexpected ways to boost productivity? A study from the University of California, Los Angeles found a company's green practices and standards increase an employee's productivity by 16 percent, according to a press release.
Watch Dan Ariely in the video above if you want to know more about finding motivation for tasks at work, school, or at home