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“But clearly, the lesson is that incentives can be a dangerous weapon. A critic of this research might say that the problem is not incentives, but dumb incentives. No doubt, some incentives are dumber than others. But no incentives can ever be smart enough to substitute for people who do the right thing because it’s the right thing.”
Barry Schwartz, Why We Work
“So is a theory about human nature a discovery, or is it an invention? I believe that often, it is more invention than discovery. I think that ideas, like Adam Smith’s, about what motivates people to work have shaped the nature of the workplace. I think they have shaped the workplace in directions that are unfortunate. What this means is that instead of walking around thinking that “well, work just is what it is, and we have to deal with it,” we should be asking whether the way work is is the way it should be. My answer to that question is an unequivocal no.”
Barry Schwartz, Why We Work
“If society asks more of us, and arranges its social institutions appropriately, it will get more.”
Barry Schwartz, Why We Work
“Ninety percent of adults spend half their waking lives doing things they would rather not be doing at places they would rather not be.”
Barry Schwartz, Why We Work
“to be satisfied with our work, we typically need a belief in the purpose of what we do. Amy”
Barry Schwartz, Why We Work