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July 01, 2018

Why We Work
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Why do people work? Most would say to make money and pay the bills. But a researcher says it goes much deeper than that. Then, most people want to help others. But often our decisions are based on emotions rather than on what will actually make a real difference.
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Why We Work
Barry Schwartz, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Swarthmore College, and author of “Why We Work.” Dr. Schwartz discussed his research that examined why Americans work. He said the reasons are surprising and complex, but that the need for a paycheck is not the primary factor. He discussed the most common trends and patterns that lead to happiness in the workplace, and how employers can try to improve productivity and employee satisfaction.
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Doing Good Better
William MacAskill, PhD, IS AND Associate Professor in Philosophy at Oxford University, cofounder of the nonprofit organizations Giving What We Can and 80,000 Hours. He is also author of “Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference. Dr. MacAskill said Americans often base their decisions on where to donate money and what career to pursue on emotions and false assumptions. He outlined five key questions that may help consumers make wiser altruistic decisions. He explained how to use evidence and careful reasoning to chart the best course to help others.
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The Smell of Success
2. Katie Liljenquist, Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership and Strategy at Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management, expert in behavior and decision making lled a study that found that the smell of cleaning products can make people act more virtuous. She explained the reasons behind the behavioral changes. She also talked about potential ways to smells could be used to reduce societal problems such as crime or vandalism.
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