10 Jan 2016

The Meaning of Work - 10 January 2016

From TED Radio Hour, 9:00 am on 10 January 2016

Love it or hate it, most of us have to work for a living. So how can we make work more meaningful? This hour, TED speakers explore our values and motivations when it comes to the workplace.

Participants:

Drawing from an experiment with chickens, entrepreneur Margaret Heffernan draws from an experiment with chickens to explain how our cultural obsession with individual success is threatening our potential for collaboration and productivity.

Psychologist Barry Schwartz says our current thinking about work focuses too much on paychecks and too little on ways we can find fulfillment -- even in jobs many might consider mundane.

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely says we work hard, not because we have to, but because we want to. He examines the intrinsic values we need to feel motivated to work.

Tech entrepreneur Dame Stephanie Shirley, bidding contracts under the name Steve enabled her to launch and grow a freelance software company with a virtually all-female staff.

From NPR's TED Radio Hour.

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