What if Abraham Maslow wrote his seminal work "A theory of human motivation" today? How would it be different from the paper he wrote 65 years ago?
The HR department leads at Facebook (Lori Goler, Janelle Gale, and Brynn Harrington) paired up with a University of Pennsylvania Wharton School professor (Adam Grant) to ask this question.
They observed that once you get beyond the physical survival level (physiological and safety needs) of the pyramid, "the rest of it falls apart. People don’t need to be loved before they strive for prestige and achievement. And they don’t wait for those needs to be fulfilled before pursuing personal growth and self-expression."
Sorting through hundreds of thousands of survey responses from the workforce behind Facebook, three buckets of motivators became clear, namely: career, community, and cause.
They analyzed the results across a number of dimensions, including age, office location, and role.
When the unwritten expectations and obligations between employees and employers are breached, "people become less satisfied and committed. They contribute less. They perform worse." When it is met, people bring their whole selves to the work.
Regardless of who you are and where you live, I hope you bring your whole self to your work, finding opportunities to advance your career, community, and cause. And if you aren't, I hope things somehow get shaken up enough that you find your way in or find your way out, being lukewarm is no place to be.
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