Award-winning social psychologist Dr. Ron Friedman is considered an expert in human motivation, and his research lends some helpful answers to age-old questions about what keeps us inspired and engaged in the workplace. And, his research couldn’t be more timely. According to the latest studies, over 80% of the world’s employees are disengaged at work.*
In his book, The Best Place to Work, Ron has consolidated thousands of academic studies into insightful suggestions about how to improve our workplaces by appealing to our psychological needs of competence, relatedness, and autonomy. You may be surprised to find out that most of the changes Ron suggests have little to do with money. Ron believes that our workplaces could dramatically improve if we learned how to better value human connection and accountability, as well as allowed for the integration of work and life outside the office rather than keeping them so compartmentalized. Throughout the interview, Ron offers practical tips you might just end up using yourself. For instance, if you’re a kinetic thinker and have been wondering why you’re experiencing creative block in the boardroom staring for hours upon end at a computer screen, try taking a walking meeting.
If you feel like you are just getting by or struggling to find motivation in the mundane, we’re confident that Ron’s findings will inspire you and spark ideas about how to keep your work life more interesting. We hope you’ll join us to hear how Ron’s stories show us that:
- In order to make progress, we must find the courage to break out of old patterns and be willing to try something new.
- Human connection and accountability are far more crucial to a thriving workplace than a fancy food court.
- It’s easier to cut corners when our workplace just feels like a faceless corporation; but when we engage our employees on a more human level, it keeps us empathetic and more aware of how our actions affect others.
- Making a tangible change to our work environments can cause the world to open up again.