The information that Adam Grant gives in his interview is stellar. His talk on task significance is extremely interesting and...
The information that Adam Grant gives in his interview is stellar. His talk on task significance is extremely interesting and informative for students and managers alike. Essentially Task Significance is basically a benchmark to show how much social impact an individual’s job has on others. For example a job with high task significance would be a Fire Fighter. Fire Fighters save people’s homes, their lives, and treat them in car accidents; this is obviously a job with high task significance. Adam’s goals in his examples are to show others what their Task Significance is at their job. Adam spoke on the importance of other job modifiers such as pay, run for advancement, and acknowledgement, but he found through his research that people were more motivated when they knew the end result of their job had an effect on others. For example, Adam used a test group of Pool Lifeguards to conduct a test regarding task significance. Normally they don’t rescue people from the pool, so there was a lot of Lifeguards with little to no attention spent on the job; so Adam decided to show the Lifeguards stories on other Lifeguards saving people’s lives. The result was that more Lifeguards wanted to work more hours and that their managers found that the visitors to these pools were more satisfied with their visit than from before. This clearly shows that Task Significance is an important tool that can be used to motivate employees to new heights; employees want to see that their job is rewarding and fulfilling professionally.Adam’s research and examples given in the interview were clear and concise. He never made anything confusing or boring. He made Task significance extremely interesting and his approaches to showing employees how much their jobs really meant were excellent. I plan to use some of his approaches in my job someday.Technical Remarks:Audio played without issue. The interviewer was clear and concise with his questions.