Pressuring Employees To Be Do-Gooders Can Backfire Badly

It’s so tempting for organisations to expect more and more from their employees – and so much harder for employees to resist when they are being asked to do socially desirable things like “help out” and “think about the organisation”. But by making such behaviours expected or even mandatory, we box people into regulated systems that rob these activities of their intrinsic motivation and instead make them into burdens, burdens that can boomerang back on the organisation and even beyond.

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Written by Alex Fradera for The Britisch Psychological Society Research Digest