Jane Dutton, Wayne Baker on workplace motivation in Harvard Business Review

January 4, 2016

Research from three CPO researchers was featured in the Harvard Business Review Article, “To Motivate Employees, Do 3 Things Well.” The article suggests three characteristics that leaders should focus on to create long term well-being in the workplace: inspiration, kindness, and self-care.

Both Adam Grant and Wayne Baker’s research was cited as support for finding inspiration in the workplace. Finding purpose and meaning at work is important because people feel better about their jobs, are more dedicated, and are more productive with their time.

Jane Dutton’s research was cited in cultivating kindness in the workplace. Research from her and her colleagues on high quality connections and respect as an engine for new ideas show that “the basics of a kind culture involve consideration and respect, which increase creative output at both the individual and team level.” 

Baker is the Robert P. Thome Professor of Business and a member of the CPO’s Core Faculty; Dutton, the Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor of Business Administration, helped establish the Center for Positive Organizations; and Adam Grant, a U-M alum, is a member of the CPO’s Research Advisory Board.