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The progress principle : using small wins to ignite joy, engagement, and creativity at work /

Explains how to foster progress, shows how to remove obstacles, including meaningless tasks and toxic relationships that disrupt employees' work lives, and offers advice on enhancing employees' inner work life.

Main Author: Amabile, Teresa.
Other Authors: Kramer, Steven.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Boston, Mass. : Harvard Business Review Press, 2011
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Amabile (Harvard Business School) describes her research on the effects and causes of worker disengagement in the US. What her research uncovers is how managers can ignite the inner work lives of individuals in organizations and improve organizational performance. The author defines "inner work life" as the "perceptions, emotions, and motivations" of workers. She theorizes employees' inner work life will determine how they react to events in the workplace. According to Amabile, the most important thing a manager can do to increase team morale and expand engagement is help employees feel they are making progress in their work, thus enhancing their inner work life. In conducting her research, Amabile used daily diaries submitted by employees from various organizations. The book makes great use of these diaries, extracting key passages to illustrate the conclusions Amabile drew from her work. She also devotes several chapters to steps managers can take to improve the inner work life of employees. This practical orientation for managers makes the book an important resource for organizations experiencing a decline in productivity and employee engagement. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels of undergraduate students; professionals. B. B. Vitali Christian Brothers University

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