Exclusive: How neuroscience can boost employee motivation

Empathy and setting short-term goals for workers are two of the key ways employers can motivate their staff in the workplace, latest research reveals. Scarlett Associates conducted a research study looking at how neuroscience could be practically applied in the workplace to improve employee motivation. Some 40 managers from four organisations – BAE Systems, Lloyds Bank, the Department of Business Innovation and Skills, and Orbit Housing Group – took part in the study, which looked into employee motivation, performance management systems, and staff appraisals. After an initial educational workshop which examined the participants’ behaviours and motivational skills, the leaders returned to the workplace to apply the skills they learned. A few months later, they provided feedback to the researchers on what changes had taken place amongst their staff. The researchers…


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