Nine out of 10 workers spend half their waking lives doing things they don’t really want to do in places they don’t particularly want to be.
The custodians received no financial compensation for this “extra” work. But this aspect of the job, they said, was what got them out of bed every morning. “I enjoy entertaining the patients,” said one. “That’swhat I enjoy the most.”
Money does not tap into the essence of human motivation so much as transform it.
Pretty soon, you lose your lofty aspirations.
When employees have work that they want to do, they are happier. And when they are happier, their work is better, as is the company’s bottom line.
Work that is adequately compensated is an important social good. But so is work that is worth doing. Half of our waking lives is a terrible thing to waste.