Personal Productivity and Management Theories: The Hawthorne Study

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As human beings, all of us yearn for recognition – be it at home or at work. A lot of studies have been conducted to understand the correlation between human psychology and personal productivity. One of the earliest and most quoted ones, popularly known as the Hawthorne Study, dates back to the 1920s.

The aim behind the Hawthorne study was to find out the effect of physical environment changes on employees in an organization. Various factors were considered during the research, most importantly the psychological aspects such as working hours, managerial leadership, group pressure etc. During the course of research it was found that the biggest impact came from the attention paid to the employees.

In modern business, the Hawthorne effect is still considered vital in team management. Managers can help employees increase their work output by paying attention to their daily work and recognizing and rewarding accomplishments. These gestures provide a sense of enhanced self-worth value for the employee. This is a huge motivational factor and can be applied to individuals and teams for increased performance levels. The following link will help you to understand the concept of the Hawthorne Study in detail on today’s business world: http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/history/hawthorne.html

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