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вторник, 15 марта 2011 г.

94. Advanced Listening: RSA Animate - what makes us better workers?

We sometimes think that the more money we get as a reward, the better accomplishments at work we will make. However, research shows quite the opposite. While rewarding somebody for completing a tedious, routine task pays off, a project that requires creativity and non-standard thinking must never be motivated by a high reward, otherwise the quality will be poor or the task will never be accomplished at all. Watch the following RSA video to discover how and why such motivation never works. Your comments are welcome. The video is used with the permission of RSA-Animate.

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  1. Assignment 1: Before Viewing the video, check the meaning of the following words in the dictionary. Then watch the video and take notes of how these words were used:

    an engaging topic
    to be manipulable/predictable
    to call into questions
    to reward/ to punish smth
    MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    to incentivise
    a monetary reward
    top-/ low performers
    mechanical skill
    the higher the pay the better the performance
    rudimentary cognitive skills
    to reach the conclusion
    a weird socialist conspiracy
    to defy the laws
    to replicate the experiment
    an incentive
    straight-forward tasks/algorithmic
    to take smth off the table
    a whole array of smth
    to emerge
    discretionary time
    to make a contribution
    transcendent purpose
    lame services
    purpose/profit maximizer

  2. Assignment 2: Discussion questions. Watch the video again and answer the following questions:

    1. What study is being discussed in the lecture?
    2. How does a reward affect one's performance?
    3. Does higher reward incentive work in countries outside of the US and Europe?
    4. According to the research, what three things are important when it comes to a job that requires creativity and engagement?
    5. Do you think this new research contradicts common sense laws? Do you agree or disagree with these findings?