Last Updated Mar 1, 2010 5:38 PM EST
"Putting a Face to a Name: The Art of Motivating Employees" examines the research of Wharton management professor Adam Grant, which deals with the link between motivation and seeing the recipients of one's work. Among the examples:
- After university fundraisers met scholarship recipients who benefitted from their fundraising calls during a 5-minute session, they brought in a weekly average of $503.22, compared to their previous average of $185.94.
- Lifeguards who read testimonials about people who had been helped by lifeguards performed better than those who read literature about the personal rewards of being a lifeguard.
- University career center workers who briefly met the student they were helping and read his personal statement of financial difficulty spent 20 percent more time editing the student's cover letter than the workers who only met the student or read his statement.
Technology is this really fascinating double-edged sword. On one hand, we have more and more ability to connect employees to end users from a different geographic region.... But on the other hand, technology has also reduced the need for face-to-face interaction. A lot of organizations stop short of making this sort of connection because the work can get done without it.Image courtesy of Flickr user Donnaphoto, CC 2.0.