For the overwhelming majority of people, work is something they don't want to do in a place they don't want to be. Why? In this talk, Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action Barry Schwartz suggests that the workplace has evolved in accord with a false theory of human motivation asserting that people work only for pay. Conditions of work have been shaped by this theory and have made it almost impossible to satisfy people with any other motives in the workplace. The consequence has been less satisfied workers and less productive workplaces. If we focus on what it takes to make work good, we will get both better work and happier workers.
Audio: [59 min 26 sec]