Summary of What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work

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In this enlightening TED Talk, behavioral economist Dan Ariely shares his experiments and findings about what motivates today’s workers. Merely issuing a paycheck won’t keep people energized, explains Ariely. getAbstract considers this a lecture that will motivate business leaders and employees alike.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What motivates workers,
  • Why job satisfaction increases with difficulty level and
  • How leaders can use these results to energize their workforce.

About the Speaker

Dan Ariely is an author and behavioral economics professor at Duke University.



The assumption that people work only for a paycheck is inaccurate.

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