After listening to the Podcast on Task Significance, what I found essential was that within any job organization people are...
After listening to the Podcast on Task Significance, what I found essential was that within any job organization people are willing to help each other instead of just specializing in their single task. It can be quite boring if an employee works on a single job over and over again. Eventually at some point we will get used to the repetition with our tasks. According to Adam Grant, jobs that are high in task significance involve having a positive impact on health and safety of others, building relationships, make social contributions, make others happier, and educating people. As mentioned by Grant, the bottom line for managers is that we often tend to assume employees are self-interested and try to give jobs that will benefit themselves, maximize pay, make the work interesting, give a chance to be promoted, give a chance to learn and develop. For example, I used to work at an architectural firm where the boss assigned me the role of helping the Human Resource director. Then as I started becoming familiar with the job functions at the front desk, managers in different departments provided me greater challenges so I can rotate among several jobs when needed. As a matter of fact, my company did what Grant has mentioned above by giving me a chance to learn and develop. Indeed, task significance has an impact on motivation because it inspired me to be efficient in various job tasks.