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Blog spotlight: New findings say progress means more than recognition

Nurse Leader Insider, March 22, 2010

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A new report in the Harvard Business Review contradicts the idea that employees value recognition of their efforts higher than anything else. Amabile and Kramer write that the top motivator of performance is progress.

The study gathered more than 12,000 e-mail diary entries from the participants, which revealed that making progress in one’s work, no matter how little or big, is associated with positive emotions and high motivation. The survey notes when participants experienced progress in their jobs, 76% of respondents reported it as their best day.

The article says this is good news for managers, who can help staff members in their journey to excel and progress within their position. Amabile and Kramer suggest managers clarify overall goals, ensure staff members receive the right support for their efforts, and work to ensure minor glitches are perceived as learning opportunities.

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