Would a Free Milkshake Get You to Ignore Your Phone While Driving? If trends hold, about 3,000 people will die this year in car accidents caused by distracted drivers, many of them fiddling with their phones. That’s dangerous, often enough … Continue reading Saving lives app
The Upside of Being an Underdog People do not always expect us to succeed. Maybe your boss does not think you have what it takes to lead a project. Or investors tell you that your idea is unlikely to take … Continue reading Expectations and work performance
The Little Things That Make Employees Feel Appreciated Imagine this scenario: An employee named Rowen arrives at work on his 10-year anniversary and finds a gift card with a sticky note on his desk. The note is from his manager, … Continue reading Managers vs. employees
The Tipping System Is Immoral For most of my life I’ve been glad that America is a society that relies heavily on tipping. First, tipping allows us to reward excellent service. Second, in a world of rising economic inequality, a … Continue reading Service compris or tipping?
Extrinsic Motivation: It Might Be Even Worse Than You Thought When Carly Robinson, a researcher at Harvard’s Student Social Support R&D Lab, designed a study with her colleagues to look at the impact of attendance awards, they expected to see … Continue reading License to miss school
The workplace is a lonely place, but it doesn’t have to be In early 2017, Shelly Schneider accepted a new job at a large insurance company. With a desk surrounded by hundreds of coworkers, she expected to have a robust … Continue reading The cost of loneliness
Work Requirements Are (Socially) Toxic Sludge Work requirements for anti-poverty programs don’t encourage work, as their proponents claim. Instead, the evidence indicates, these misguided policies make it harder for people to maintain or find employment. Their principal effect is stripping … Continue reading Anti-poverty programs