The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work
What really makes people happy, motivated, productive, and creative at work? Professor Amabile's research, based on analyzing nearly 12,000 daily diaries of team members working on collaborative projects, reveals some surprising answers. Inner work life--a person's day-by-day emotions, perceptions and motivation-- has a profound effect on the person's creative productivity. And, of all the good things that can boost inner work life, the single most important is simply making progress on meaningful work-even if that progress is a small step forward. This is the Progress Principle. Its implication? Sustained creative productivity and employee well-being depend less on elaborate incentive systems or performance-management processes than on techniques for facilitating the small wins that constitute daily work progress.
Keywords: employee motivation;
The importance of progress;
enhancing work life;
inner work life;