The Progress Principle

From Tuesday’s issue of APM’s Marketplace:

The single most important thing that can keep workers deeply, happily engaged on the job is moving forward on work they care about — even if the progress is an incremental “small win.”

That quote comes from Teresa Amabile, a professor at Harvard Business School, and is based on research her team did of “nearly 12,000 work diaries from professionals in seven different companies.”

She closes with this line, good enough for me to close with too:

Sure, cool perks are great. Who doesn’t want gourmet food and game time? But it’s the feeling of getting somewhere that keeps people jazzed about what they do at work.