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Under New Management Podcasts

Under New Management Podcasts

'Under New Management is an innovative initiative within our Division to translate current, rigorous empirical research findings into practical management guidelines. Each podcast produced is an audio interview with the lead author of an OB study recently published or in-press in one of our area's top journals. The interviews typically last 8-15 minutes and consist of four parts:

  1. Introduction of concepts of the study
  2. Brief explanation of methods
  3. Explanation of findings
  4. Practical implications for managers'
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Sarah Lorentz
Sarah Lorentz (Student)
7 years ago

I really thought that the research Adam did made a lot of sense. If you give employees a sense of being needed or importance, they will work harder. If they really are able to understand that the work they do truly does make a difference for the bigger picture then they will not only enjoy what they do, but want to show up everyday.

It's always nicer to see firsthand that what you're doing is helping others and not going un-noticed. People, even though they may not admit it, crave recognition and validation that they're doing a good job.

Elliot Lozano
Elliot Lozano (Student)
7 years ago

The task significance podcast provides an interesting look at changing how managers think about employee motivation. The employee is not purely operating out of self-interest and can be motivated to work harder if they see the importance of their work. I think this provides managers with great insight at attempting to balance these dynamics.

Jeffrey Katsch
Jeffrey Katsch (Student)
7 years ago

Provides empirical evidence for a concept that almost seems almost common sense, but this something we need more of in the workplace today. I'd like to know how he's motivate telemarketers...

Used in course? Yes
Tina Huang
Tina Huang (Student)
7 years ago

I've never really thought about how lifeguards barely dive into the waters to save a life, and if they had to then they've made a mistake already. It's such a great example of task significance by Adam Grant. I can relate to being in a position with low task significance and I do believe that if employees were recognized for their significance in the workplace, then it will boost their motivation. Employers should incorporate this idea into their workplace to create a healthy work environment.

Maja Trifunovic
Maja Trifunovic (Student)
7 years ago

I love the idea that we need to connect more with people we work with and for,for me working in retail I feel much better and productive if I make somebody satisfied and if I don't look just how to convince them to spend more money but rather to get the benefit from the product.

Andy Huang
Andy Huang (Student)
7 years ago

Adam Grant discussed the importance of task significance, and how it benefits the working environment. It makes everyone have the same priority and a common goal, which in turn leads to a more unified work environment.

Tk Sakuma
Tk Sakuma (Student)
7 years ago

Great Example by Adam Grant on Task Significance-  University Call Center (Higher staff quit every 2 months) Standard script and constant rejection.  The more money they raised the more students we're able to attend college (via scholarships).  With the rejection and lack of positive motivation or any motivation at all the downward spiral continued.  But with the use of Task Significance and positive motivation helped the volunteer staff feel better about the work being done.  The staff workers got to hear and talk to students that got scholarships and how they made a difference in their lives.

Technical Remarks:

Very Clear Audio.  No Problems.

Time spent reviewing site: 1 hr
brendan koncar
brendan koncar (Student)
7 years ago
I agree with Adam Grant with what he mentions about the importance of task significance. It is often not considered in the work place as important. I agree that a job high in task significance or where the workers are reminded or know that their job is helping others would bring out more motivation in their work. The extra motivation results in an increase in quality of work as well as speed in how they work.
Time spent reviewing site: 20
Yeer Li
Yeer Li (Student)
7 years ago

The example of life guard is really interesting. Beside the stories of how life guard save peoples's lives, life guards sometimes can answer swimmers' questions on how to swim better. They can get satisfactions from teaching people too.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes
Kathie Lee
Kathie Lee (Student)
7 years ago

I agree with Adam Grant about the importance of task significance, and the effect on job performance. Employees in high task significant jobs tend to be more motivated, and when introduce directly to the people who benefit from their work, their motivation and job performance increases dramatically. However, I believe task significant has little or no effects on employees in low task significant jobs, and probably will not increase job performance.

Used in course? Yes
MURIEL MONTAGUE
MURIEL MONTAGUE (Student)
7 years ago

In the podcast “Task Significance" by Adam Grant, he talks about how those that perform tasks or provide a service will value their work more so when they are aware of how their work/services manifests in the lives of actual "customers". In one example about Volvo, the survivors of car accidents relayed their stories of surviving the accidents to the designers. By sharing these stories, the "significance" of the designers safety features had a more tangible impact, thus making the importance of their "tasks" more concrete.  In a nutshell, the point of the podcast is to demonstrate that Task Significance plays a major role in motivating workers to do good work.

Lavon Jones
Lavon Jones (Student)
7 years ago

Adams Grant's results were impressive but some jobs are boring and mundane especially if you accepted a job because that was the only job that you could find at the time and you're not really interested in the anything else but paying your bills.

mauricio gutierrez
mauricio gutierrez (Student)
7 years ago

As Adam Grant stated in the podcast “Task significance” is very important to show to employees that what they are doing will have an impact on others people’s life. In that way, they not only will be working to accomplish the organization goals but they will be satisfied and more motivated to work when they know they are doing something valuable for others. As Grant said, there are two dimensions of personality and values on people and they react differently to high task significance jobs, they are: a) the conscientiousness and b) the pro-social values. The conscientiousness type of personality workers will accomplish the task assigned to them, however, they do not care about the “extra value” that carries that task. On the other hand, the pro-social values type of personality workers do care about the “added value” to their job and they are more compromised with the organization and because of that they are more responsive and have more productivity than the conscientiousness worker when they are put to work in high task significance jobs. The organization structure has direct impact on how workers perform their job. The different ways that organizations are structured (vertical, divisional, matrix, team-based or virtual network)affect employees and their performance, Moreover, specialization might play against the organization in accomplishing its goals since employees are isolated and do a single boring job. In that case, the employee looses sight and the importance of his job and how others benefit from it. In order to motivate this employee, the managers must give him authority and responsibilities or show them a few examples on how their job it is important to others. My question is, how to motivate low skill jobs workers?

Yevgeniy Slavin
Yevgeniy Slavin (Student)
7 years ago

I liked the podcast because I can definitely relate to it. One of the things that I could relate to was communication in the workplace. Working at Wells Fargo, we always get feedback from customers and we all get surveyed. It's really nice to get good feedback. Our manages make the phone calls to customers to follow up as well, and its great to hear from your managers that you are doing a great job. Little things like that encourage people to do better; a little recognition goes a long way. It's a good way to keep people motivated at work. Every job gets a little boring along the way, and letting people know that they are doing a good job and to keep up the good work, is a great way to keep them doing their job better, because it makes them want to keep doing a good job.

Used in course? Yes
Isabelle Martillo
Isabelle Martillo (Student)
7 years ago

Task Significance , an interview with Adam Grant, assistant prof.,N.C. U.

The effect of Task Significance on job performance started 30 years ago by Richard Hackmen for new management.

Jobs that make a difference and also make an impact on the well being on people. When employees do a work that help, contribute, educate,or make happy people and benefit others.

People in high task significance work are more motivate and satisfy when know their work is helping and benefiting others.

Technical Remarks:

It is my first time and not familiar it took me more than two hours. I hope next time will be better and more familiar.

Mariela Montero
Mariela Montero (Student)
7 years ago

The interview conducted by Michael Johnson with Adam Grant was very interesting in that it brought to light an issue that many never think about: the positive impact of work for others. Grant notes that most employers believe their employees to be self-interested and, as such, try to motivate them with perks such as higher pay, interesting work, and promotional opportunities. In fact, most people are not entirely self-interested, but are looking to make their lives meaningful by working to benefit others. I found that it made complete sense for Grant to say that employees are more motivated when they can actually witness the positive impact that their work has for others. I especially enjoyed Grant's use of Microsoft as an example of this. I was, in turn, inspired myself upon hearing the story of workers who create scholarships for students.

Used in course? Yes
Brian Bankston
Brian Bankston (Student)
7 years ago

Adam Grant's talk on the dramatic effect of task significance on job performance was a very interesting article. His studies were an excellent source of information when trying to add motivation to a work force. Every job eventually becomes monotonous and tedious; task significance is the perfect way to keep the motivation alive. I have worked for numerous employers, and I always worked best when I knew that my work was being appreciated. When we feel that our work is not being appreciated, then we tend to put less effort into our work. The two examples he used were the lifeguards and the alumni sponsors, and they were perfect examples of how task significance plays a huge roll in the work place. As Adam Grant concluded in his studies, showing task significance to employees always raised work productivity. I believe that all organizations should take the time and show how their employees how their work is appreciated. As Adam's work showed employee productivity was increased, so for this reason employers should always use this. Adam Grant did not really go into detail about how often task significance should be used. I guess it would depend on the type of job that was being performed. I would believe that the more task significance the better for both the employee and employer.

Used in course? Yes
Mike Shklovsky
Mike Shklovsky (Student)
7 years ago

Task significance is a good idea because like Adam said in the video, anytime employees are doing something that mames a difference. If those employees know how and why they are doing this work, it could benefit and increase morale. I also liked how Adam talks about when he used to work in the travel company and how the editors were never really able to meet the readers of their guides.  If those employees were to meet those readers, they would have been able to get more expirience, motivation and research about what those readers might want to see more of and less of.  It is true that if an employee knows their task significance, they could and most likley would work more effectivley.  I personally work in a bank as a teller.  This job is not the most amazing.  The problem up until recently was that we were always told get refferals, more sales, more sales.  Though just hearing this we don't understand how and why this benefits the company.  Why would the company choose quanitity over quality.  Though when you move up in the ranks you get exposed to more information and see the true side of why a corporation asks for certain things, in this case referalls.

Sharring stories and expiriences down the piplelines from managment to employees increases the morale and really makes one work towards a purpose.  That purpose in turn will continue to improve and benefit consumers, readers, and anyone that benefits or uses products or services of a company or corporation.

Ana Moreno Rodriguez
7 years ago

I enjoyed this podcast a lot. I know that I feel the same way when performing my job. When I do my day to day job without any member contact, sometimes I end up getting bored or uninspired. However, when I am able to help someone out over the phone and make their life just a little bit easier, it makes me feel good and appreciated. Especially when feedback comes in on just how much you were able to help someone, it makes you want to keep that same level of service or even surpass it for the next member so you can impact their lives as well. When you listen to a study like this it really makes me believe that there are more and more genuinely good people out there who really do want to help others and are not just all self-interested. This approach should be applied to more jobs out there, including the government.

Used in course? Yes
Andrew Carrera
Andrew Carrera (Student)
7 years ago

Task significance by Adam Grant was very interesting and informative. It's amazing how the mind works, and just seeing your final product can really make a difference. Knowing about task significance in your business can really help you out tremendously. Your employees would be more willing to make better products or perform at a higher level just by you being aware of the circumstances.

Used in course? Yes
Althea Domingo
Althea Domingo (Student)
7 years ago

Adam Grant sounds like he knows what he is talking about. He answers the questions and he sounds passionate about task significance. Grants gives a lot of examples. I really like that he defined task significance in the beginning of the podcast.

Garrett Yee
Garrett Yee (Student)
7 years ago

I was aware of a few of the techniques that managers used to motivate people, like raises, but showing them the significance of their work did not seem like a widely-supported technique.  It's mind-boggling that four articles made life guards work 3 extra hours for 6 months.  At almost no cost to management, productivity or employee satisfaction can be increased.  All businesses should have regular updates showing employees their task significance.

Julie Lin
Julie Lin (Student)
7 years ago

I found the topic of task significance to be very interesting. As someone who does want to make a difference and have a purpose in life but not necessarily let my job or work define my entire life, it is nice to know that a person's job may have high task significance regardless of job titles, such as CEO, supervisor or manager.Even a lowly data entry personel can still contribute a lot to his or her company. It was also fascinating to hear about how motivation and productivity can be boosted just by showing employees how they positively affect those around them.

Chih-Chu Zee
Chih-Chu Zee (Student)
7 years ago

After listening the interview podcast with Adam Grant, I do agree with him that task significance is important to job performance. Task significance will change the workers performance and personal view on a particular duty for good. But task significance can only go so far during real life situations. The employee have to be very responsive and want to help others, with introduction of task significance, the employee will have a boost of performance (ideally). Again, this is solely depends on the person. Task significance can only boost performance on employees that are WILLING to go the extra mile.

Used in course? Yes
Alex Moore
Alex Moore (Student)
7 years ago

I completely relate and understand the content of this podcast. Durning my 8 years in the military I completed 3 tours in Iraq. There were many days while in the military that I felt my work was not necessary or appreciated. This left me feeling uninterested in improving or striving to do better. Even this  type of service faces the problems mentioned in this podcast. Ensuring your employees feel gratified with their work is difficult in any field, even those that you'd think it was a given. I never felt like what I did mattered until I came home and was faced with friends, family and acquantinces that were highly appreciative of what I did and the time I spent doing it. To this day when my time in the military comes up people thank me, this is gratification that I did not receive while serving.

Brandy Buttram
Brandy Buttram (Student)
7 years ago

Task Significance is such an important part of job satisfaction.  I know from personal experience.  Being an admin for a team that works in Securities, I know my role makes a difference to my team, in that the small tasks I do, play a large part in the overall picture.  I think in addition to Task Significance, appreciation, relevance, and being part of an integrated and cohesive team, all play a part in job satisfaction and sustainability.  Who wants to go to work everyday to a job that they do not feel makes a difference in peoples lives.  Knowing that I make a difference, makes it easier to get up every morning and drag myself into work. 

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 20 min
Aida Rodriguez
Aida Rodriguez (Student)
7 years ago

The Podcast on Task Significance was enlightening and informative.  I can totally understand how showing employees how their job isn't just "a job" but it is an integral part of the organization as a whole can make a huge difference in employee motivation and moral.  When someone has a vested interest in the success or failure of an organization it can only be positive.  Those employees are the ones who will work hard no matter what.  However, that isn't always the case.  Not all employees have a vested interest so as Adam Grant said, it is for those employees that Task Significance is most beneficial.  And getting them connected to the work that they are doing day in and day out can only be beneficial to the employee and the organization.

Michael Chau
Michael Chau (Student)
7 years ago

I agree that what we do should reflect our knowledge and understanding; it brings much more significance and satisfaction into an individual's work. Also, employers should evaluate their workers' job satisfaction from time to time to identify causes which might lower productivity due to unadequate satisfaction in what they do.  

Jose Alvarado
Jose Alvarado (Student)
7 years ago

Task significance is something that i definitely identify with in my old job in military.  In the Military i worked as a ordnance loader on the AV8B harrier jet.  Being a bomb loader was some what of a monotonous job: loading and down loading explosives and testing and checking weapons systems which sounds like fun and all but gets pretty boring.  You begin to question yourself, asking "i wish i could be doing something more exciting and glorious by being involved in the fight.  However, when being deployed to a combat zone you finally start to see the task significance in your job and how important it is when you see a jet returning with no bombs and fired rounds.

Yan Yi Luo
Yan Yi Luo (Student)
7 years ago

After listening the interview of Adam Grant pertaining to "Task Significance", I learned what task significance is and I think wehn you work for the job, it's very important concept to the work enviroment.  Also, it's very important for employee's motivation. People should know their roles and positions for their job, after they have purpose on their job, it will increase their work efficiency. It's very useful to listen this topic for our work.

Used in course? Yes
Maria Duran
Maria Duran (Student)
7 years ago

My first experience with this material was on Task Significance Interview with Adam Grant. After listening to his definition on task significance and examples of it really helped me understand the concept. His personal experience was great and making it more helpful to understand the concept of task significance.

Technical Remarks:

The instructions to the podcast was straight forward and easy.

Time spent reviewing site: 1 hour
Wei Qi Mai
Wei Qi Mai (Student)
7 years ago

It's interested to learn the task significant has so many possitive effect on employees' performances. I think if a employee know there work can help people or customs, they will more appreciate their job, and work harder.  Thus, a positive task significant will motivated employees and improve the produtive of the company.

raquel banuelos
raquel banuelos (Student)
7 years ago

It was interesting to learn that invisible task significance can have an impact on employee motivation. This makes sense because people like to be acknowledged for their hard work and if they do not see that positive impact on customers, employees may feel like they are working for no purpose. I think it is a good idea for employers to stress the importance of task significance to their employees so they are motivated, as shown by Grant's study. Employees are more productive when they recognize the task significance and will be more willing to work and feel appreciated.

Used in course? Yes
Daniel Cortes
Daniel Cortes (Student)
7 years ago

After listening to the interview of Task Significance, it definitely made a lot of sence on how a work force, should behave, to have interest in the company's success as well as individual growth in the company, and to have a motivational drive to make you want to do better. The people responsible for motivating theri employees are the manager's it's there job to do such, to up lift peoples spirits an not let it dwell and making the lack interest and end up making big mistakes that could lead to consequences.

Time spent reviewing site: 1 hour
Stanley Ho
Stanley Ho (Student)
7 years ago

The podcast provided good information on how managers can motivate their employees. Companies tend to use the scientific theory of management too frequently nowadays. For example, a loan officer at a bank may be pressured into closing a sale otherwise he/she may not get thier bonus or worse, be written up for not hitting their goals. The officer might see customers as a mere statistic and think nothing other than making the loan. If management were to use task significance, they can explain to the loan officer that without his/her help in securing a good rate, the people they help might not of had the chance of owning a home. They can also let their employees meet their customers after they purchased their homes to see how happy they are in fufilling thier American dream. This might make a loan officer's job seem more fufilling, rather than just being a salesperson.

Used in course? Yes
Aznaur Midov
Aznaur Midov (Student)
7 years ago

Grant showed me really interesting way to motivate myself and other people. I would never think of it. I have always thought that a person must love the process of doing the job, or perhaps a result of the process, but it turns out that the basic appreciation from the consumer of the service would have as much effect. After the interview, I am putting myself into shoes of different professionals and thinking how the consumers would benefit - it really should work well.

Except of politicians, where the final consumers are going to hate them anyway:)

The only thing is, that I couldn't really connect this interview with the text as it is stated on Ilearn.

Mohamed Ben Alaya
Mohamed Ben Alaya (Student)
7 years ago

I think that task significance has a huge and psitive influence on jobs' performance. it remarkably helps the workers to work together and in a good condition to achieve their goal which is the satisfaction of the customers. Task significance is considered as a kind of motivation for the employees to well- serve all the stakeholders and the society where they live.

Used in course? Yes
Raeann Yurman
Raeann Yurman (Student)
7 years ago

I found this podcast very interesting becuase the main reason why I chose to major in Hospitality and Tourism is because I love being able to make people smile. It makes me feel good knowing that I was able to give them "service so memoriable", which is my work's motto(Residence Inn by Marriott). It is true that not everyone will know how much they help benefit others and the impact they have on others. Some jobs don't have instant gratification or at least personal gratification.

Shawn Dun
Shawn Dun (Student)
7 years ago

I enjoyed the interview of Adam Grant pertaining to "Task Significance".  This was the first time I have heard about Task Significance, but after, listening to the interview with Adam Grant, I have a very clear idea of what task significance is and I think it is a very important concept to the work environment.  I can learn to apply task significance to everyday situations and it will definitely give me a whole new outlook in life.  I definitely believe that when we are doing something that benefits others and make them happier, we are ultimately feeling better about ourselves also.

Technical Remarks:

Overall, this was easy to use and I would recommend others to use this.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes
James Prosser
James Prosser (Student)
7 years ago

I found the podcast to be realitively easy to follow.  I enjoyed the topic and found it to be realitive to the course.  I had never given much thought to the whole idea.

Technical Remarks:

I don't have any tech remarks

Time spent reviewing site: 1 hr total
Aaron Walters
Aaron Walters (Student)
7 years ago

I think the subject is interesting, but self intutitive.  If it came from the angle of neurochemistry or changing paradigms in post modern philosophy... then this subject will have some 'meat' to it.

Time spent reviewing site: 20
Michelle Deng
Michelle Deng (Student)
7 years ago

I think that task is very interesting. the work is really benefit for other people. Health workers, safety workers and educational workers all do great things for society. while working for the job, u are not only haining what u need but also help other people out

Jon Rego
Jon Rego (Student)
7 years ago

In organizational development I could see the usefulness of task significance. In many of my own jobs, the jobs in where I could see the task significance I would perform better. I didn't know what it was called or that it was really even happening. I had a construction job for a time and it was easy to go home knowing that I had accomplished something. It was easy to see in that job. It was physically right in front of me. Many other jobs I have had have task significance, but it was hard to see (Invisible) In a world in which business focuses on efficiency and the bottom line, the finding that task significance is important to actual job performance underscores the understanding of the human spirit.

Jason Ahrens
Jason Ahrens (Student)
7 years ago

I thought Grant was outstanding.  A very good communicator.  I can clearly see the difference in jobs I have had myself, where I was in direct contact with those who needed my services.  it was much more rewarding, and pulled on me to do a better job.  Its also due to the rekognition.

Carissa Anderson
Carissa Anderson (Student)
7 years ago

I truly enjoyed what Adam Grant ha dto say about task significance and I think not only does task significance create that feeling of accomplishment, but it also makes the worker more motovated to do their job better and at a consistent level.  I also believe it creates innovative ideas amongst employees. A perfect example of that was his example of Microsoft and how they created a user friendly system to see how well customers can navigate and of they had issues they knew where it was and how to fix it.  In business we often focus on the techinical side of things point a and point b and how to get there, yet we never really pay attention to the interior motives of employees or even customers. Unless, you work in customer service we neglect to see the humanistic side of business and I feel that it is really important to focus on that.  Adam Grant focused on a soemwhat emotional facet of business by asking are we happy or satisfied with the work we do? And if you are, why? And if your not, again why? I believe this is extremley vital in creating a successful business and if I ever in the position to affect change ( which I feel we almost always are) than I would love to put something into effect as Adam Grant has.

Used in course? Yes
Stephen Frothingham
7 years ago

According to Adam Grant, task significance has a huge influence on productivity and motivation. I would agree that when anyone can see the result of their work and the positive effects it has, they are guaranteed to work harder. I've noticed that among the companies I worked for, some were very good at stressing task significance while others just focused on production, numbers, and sales goals. Almost every time the company that showed us how and who and what we were affecting by doing a good job was more successful. Whereas morale in the numbers focused environment always seemed to fail and usually their production wasn't as high. I like the concept of using stories to motivate like the "Volvo Saved My Life" testimonies. Connecting the workers with the receivers of their services seems like a genius idea to me.

Used in course? Yes
Jacqueline Co
Jacqueline Co (Student)
7 years ago

Task Signifigance is very important for employee motivation. Having worked in remedial to management jobs, I have seen first hand the difference in employee performance due to task signifigance. Most people are goal orientated and when you show them the signifigance of their roles in the company, they usually are more deticated to their jobs. People like to rewarded for doing good work and are encouraged by rewards. An example is when companies award employees with promotions or just a change of title. A worker is going to perform better when given the title of shift leader or head sales. Some employee strive to be Employee of the Month because it gives them a sense of accomplishment.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes
Zachary Renouf
Zachary Renouf (Student)
7 years ago

This idea of Task Significance is brand new to me. I have never heard of, let alone given it any thought. I think that more and more managers should adopt this concept an incorporate it into their motivational techniques. When employees understand the impact of their work in a "real world" scenario they are more likely to care about their work more so than if they view their job as some menial task that, "just pays the bills". I think that exposing employees to customer testimonials would be a great way to create excitement about their work and provide more significance. When employees understand the impact that their job has on other individuals in the world, I would hope they would pay more attention to detail and do their job to the best of their ability.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes
Mia Oro
Mia Oro (Student)
7 years ago

I immensely enjoyed the interview of Adam Grant. Although this is the first time I have heard of 'task significance," his explanations made a lot of sense. This applies not only to our jobs but also to any type of activities we do on a day-to-day basis.

I believe having passion on what we do stems from having a feeling of 'purpose.' People may hate coming to work because they feel unappreciated or it feels more like an obligation because that's what they get paid to do. However, if people are reminded or showed that they are making a difference on somebody else's life, this would give them a sense of 'involvement' resulting on a whole different perspective. Our awareness of our contribution to the society raises the stake much higher therefore, we feel much more accomplished and motivated.

Thuy Vi Nguyen
Thuy Vi Nguyen (Student)
7 years ago

Regarding task significance, Adam Grant is very knowledgeable. I agree in that many people are not recognized for the work that they do. Often times, it goes overlooked for many reasons. When people are driven, they work harder and harder. People in high task significance work more and more motivated--they're more effective in their jobs. This is a great thing to keep in mind. While this is information that I think that anyone could concluded, I do think that it is great that there is actual research on this topic

Used in course? Yes
Clarence Mangum
Clarence Mangum (Student)
7 years ago

Great podcast on Task Significance in the workplace! It puts into perspective not just how managers should effectively motivate their employees through task significance, but also how employees should find task significance in what they do. I agree with the author when he says people with high task significant jobs are motivated and find their work more meaningful.

 

I work at a private school as a HelpDesk IT guy and I do find task significance in what I do. I feel that helping teachers and students deal less with technical issues leads to a more effective teaching and learning environment. As a result, teachers are less distracted allowing smoother academic lessons, and students are less frustrated and more focused on the lesson at hand. Though I rarely get a thank you or feel appreciated for what I do since I've become "absorbed into the day-to-day routine of work", I know technical help makes an impact.

 

I also know someone that has been at Cisco for 5 years as a Computer Engineer and they say they hate their job with a passion. Though this person is well payed, has been promoted a number of times, and has had plenty of opportunities to learn and develop, this person is not motivated or enthusiastic about what they do in any way. This person feels that their job has no substance--meaning they feel no social or positive impact in what they do. Currently, that person is looking for a career that has greater pro-social values such as a teacher, herbalist, or a calligraphist.

Cheers,

Clarence M.

Technical Remarks:

Had issues downloading the Task Significance Podcast through Firefox on the Mac.  Used Safari instead and it worked.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes
Mark Aglugub
Mark Aglugub (Student)
7 years ago

From my understanding the purpose of task significance, is to make the employees feel their work is important. This is a good approach to motivating employees, it gives them an incentive to try their best. This is, i think, a better incentive than say commision. Employees motivated by commision tend to be more deceptive in their approach, but when the epmloyee believes in what he/she is doing then they wont go as far as deceiving people in order to do their job.

James Moghaddam
James Moghaddam (Student)
7 years ago

 I think that task signifigance is very interesting.  Doing work for the benefit of other people is a great way to work.  Health workers, safety workers and educational workers all do great things for society.  Fireman for example save lives and that is so important.  The problem for task signifigance workers is that they do not get to see the results of the work they have done.  For example scientists who work on vaccines that save lives never get to meet there patients.  What Adam West discovered is that workers who see the results of the work that they do have improved there performance.  For example engineers at Volvo who design safety features on cars, who have met people who have survived accidents because of these safety features become much more happy about the work they do which causes an improvement in their job perfomance.

Javier Hernandez
Javier Hernandez (Student)
7 years ago

Task significance, as the name implies, is what you do in your work life that benefits people as and the community as a whole. High task significance is correlated to job performence. The more you know you are benefiting others, the more you will want to produce a better product or do a certain task.  Adam mention the life guard example, where there were intervention by expirienced lifeguards and what they did to motive younger ones. Another example was Volvo engineers coming together with drivers in the "how Volvo saved my life" and discuss how they survived car crashes. If you really think about it, of course knowing your doing is befiting people, you will increase your work performance. If my cars are saving peoples lives, I will keep that up and make them even better.

But what about the other end of the spectrum? Take a big nice company like Nike. Sure, I think managers are happy to know that many people in the sport industry use their product because they are the best. Nike probably likes that kids are using their products to get into sports or just have a good time. But what about the kids in sweat shops in China? yes, I am talking about the ones that are making the shoes for the kids elsewhere. Where is the task significance there? I agree with the point adam brings to the table, but I think there is a certain level in the business world where people just plainly care more about the money they make rather than what benefits they are bringing to the world.

Hui en Chien
Hui en Chien (Student)
7 years ago

After listening the podcast, I learned how Adam describes task significance, and how if effects on their jobs. Basically, task significance is the opportunity to do work that has positive impact on well being of other people. One of the examples are authors, who write the book, but has no contact to their readers. Adam mentioned that task significance usually satisfied with their work, they are more experiences, and are motivated by their jobs. One example of how company applys task significance is Microsoft, the company wants its developers to work harder and applies task significance. I'm totally agree with what Adam said in the podcast, and learned a lot from him this week.

Thanh Dinh
Thanh Dinh (Student)
7 years ago

I thought Adam Grants ideas on task significance made a lot of sense. It can help companies improve certain products that aren't working out for the general public, for example, the Microsoft product he mentioned in the interview. Six users didn't know how to use the new product and later was successful when the creators met the users and talked about the product. I agree with what he said about the positive impact on employers as well as the people that benefits from their work. He talked about automotive engineers and their job to keep drivers safe; medical researchers and their findings to help patients; authors and writers who benefits the readers by writing interesting books. If companies and their employers take the time to meet the people who benefit from their product or services, it can help both sides. Employers will be successful as well as consumers benefiting from their products and services.

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kathleen Stilwell
kathleen Stilwell (Student)
7 years ago

This was a very interesting and beneficial post. The understanding of specific task organization is an important one. Listening to Adam speak about this topic reminded me of many task that we all perform everyday and don’t realize how important they are to everyone. Example bus drivers have to keep constant concentration through out the day, one wrong move could be the start to a big problem. It is very important that management reminds employees of how important their jobs are. Management working together with employees to make sure they are focus on their job.

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Emily Fan
Emily Fan (Student)
7 years ago

Task significance enhances corporate adaptability because it encourages and motivates positive changes to the wellbeing of the greater society, where corporate identity and intrinsic reward surpass material gain and corporate interest. This is an arena of job design that seeks to make social contribution that bring value directly to the people. In the process, it redesigned a corporate culture in a way that allow corporations to adapt to changing needs. Employees are self motivated to make social contribution and hold responsibilities that surpass those commanded by law and ethics because task significance helps to reinforce the idea of intrinsic reward in making postive changes than in the pursue of corporate interest alone. Through promoting awareness in societal needs and fact that corporations cannot be viewed as separate from society, task significance helps to attain adaptability by tailoring business processes to meet changing needs.

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Zhuo Chen
Zhuo Chen (Student)
7 years ago

This podcast is very interesting. Professor Grant explained the"task significant" term very well.

Andrew McDonald
Andrew McDonald (Student)
7 years ago

I fully agree that employees who work in high significance jobs will be more motivated, satisfied, and excited with their job. For employees who do work in these highly significant jobs, I would find it hard for them to meet all these people who's lives they are influencing or saving. Volvo's idea with the "Volvo Saved My Life Club" is a very good idea for keeping their engineers motivated to keep pushing the envelope in new innovations. Most companies might not be able to afford such programs to keep their employees motivated so it is easy to see why so many people are not motivated with their current occupation. Managers are continuing to to find ways to reward and show employees how their work actually does affect lives hoping that these "success" stories will keep employees wanting to do more and more. Mostly this interview was telling us what we already know, you hear about stories on the television when someone almost died in a fire, and a few months later they get to meet their savior. These are great stories, but not all of the time are these saviors rewarded with getting to meet these people who's life they saved.

Mingwei Wu
Mingwei Wu (Student)
7 years ago

This would be a great material about task significance related to organizations today. I am sure employees who work in hign significance jobs will be more motivated, satisfied, and excited about their jobs. No one would like to keep working on his/her job without satisfactory.

Taylor Kirkman
Taylor Kirkman (Student)
7 years ago

I really enjoyed this video. I also have had an experience with a high task signifance job that challenged my attention. I believe the theory was spot on because I know from personal experience that this could have made a huge difference in my job performance. I am excited to use this theory for my own personal benefit in the future. I believe others will too.

Rebekah Gundunas Montoya
7 years ago

Teaching the awareness and benefits of task signifigance for management in the workplace could prove to be very effective for employee motivation.  As a manager, the constant challenge to keep the average employee motivated to produce is always a top priority.  If the employees had a connection to how their work actually helps the recipients, this could improve morale and overall job satisfaction which would in turn improve productivity.  Mr. Grant has a very inspiring and useful concept.

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trang nghiem
trang nghiem (Student)
7 years ago

This is a great study about task significance related to organizations today. I think it's very useful for management team to apply to their organization in order to motivate employees

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Tracy Williams
Tracy Williams (Student)
7 years ago

I do believe that task significance is very important to one's job. Like myself, I definitely would like to be involve in an organization which not only focus in making profits but also focus on how they could make a difference to other people. The task significance wether it's visible or invisible to others helps motivate employees do their job well because they know and could see that it not only benefit them but also the people that they serve.

Jessica Rhodes
Jessica Rhodes (Student)
7 years ago

I had never hear the term task significance before so this podcast was more informative for me. After listening to it I feel that I understand the idea and I am able to relate it to several jobs that I have had. It makes complete sense to me that people loose motivation when they do not see the benefits that people receive from their work. I also like the suggestions that were made about showing employees people that receive the benefits but also having other employees share their own stories. I would recommend this post to anyone who feels unmotivated in their career but also anyone that is thinking about entering a management position.

jannille parodi
jannille parodi (Student)
7 years ago

This podcast on "Task Significance" is very interesting. I never knew the actual meaning behind it, until now. I find that it makes alot of sense to motivate employees and making a difference within a working enviroment will not only benefit the company itself; but it also contributes to satisfied employers. Ultimately, being a win-win situation for both company and employees.

Mikalai Skory
Mikalai Skory (Student)
7 years ago

I liked Adam Grant's story about his research about the relations between the manufacturer/producer and consumers of a product. It is very important to eliminate any kind of misunderstanding between users and producers by  using different techniques of interacting (Microsoft developers have watched regular users to understand what kind of difficulties these users would face using new softwear, for example). First, it will benefit end users as they wold get what is user-friendly and with a clear concept of practical use. Secondly, producers may be motivated when they see the result of their professional activities. Hence, eliminating gap in communication between producres and end-users would benefit both the staff of a company and their current and potential clients.

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Vamsi Krishna Kancharla
7 years ago

Its  quite interesting to see how he connected scholars to scholarship receipiants and how they could raise more money and recieve more replies. I think we should also have that kind of motivation for students in classes so that it can motivate students to be more creative and also face tough course curriculum. I think motivation makes a lot of change in various work places and school is one of the best places to teach students who can make a difference in tomorow world.

Nataliya Svelmoe
Nataliya Svelmoe (Student)
7 years ago

I was inspired by the interview with Prof. Adam Grant since I have never considered how the effect of task significance reflects upon one’s job satisfaction. I agree with Dr. Grant about the dramatic effect of task significance on job performance and satisfaction. I found his observation that every job has a task significance, but many jobs have an invisible task significance very interesting. I was also impressed with his solution to the problem. His research suggested that by revealing the invisible task significance to the employees their job satisfaction and productivity increased. From my personal experience I can speak to that overwhelming effect of task significance on job satisfaction. I have been under the influence of task significance throughout my career without realizing that impact. I started working as a mathematician at the beginning of my career. This job definitely has a lack of task significance since its beneficiaries are totally invisible: in this area of research one can only rarely observe and experience any positive effect on the well-being of others. Later on I moved to a teaching job which definitely has a higher degree of visible task significance but it is not comparable with the task significance of my new profession, nursing. So, subconsciencely I have been moving in my life from a profession with a very low task significance (mathematician) to one with a very high task significance (nursing), where I can enjoy directly the positive impact of my work on the people I am serving. Conclusively, it is hard to underestimate the importance of Dr. Grants’ research on demonstrating the hidden task significance to employees in respective professions and the corresponding increase in their job satisfaction, performance, and productivity.

Chel Svendsgaard
Chel Svendsgaard (Student)
7 years ago

Segment was well-produced, engaging, and informative. 

Interview with Adam Grant shed light on aspects of modivating employees by increasing awareness / connectedness to task significance.  Although there may be some Hawthorne effect (simply paying attention to employees may improve productivity), Grant makes a strong case for making sure employees connect with those who benefit from their work.

Making content like this available in podcast, so it can be digested while exercising or traveling, is great for busy students (especially those already working and going to school).

Time spent reviewing site: 18 minutes
Sherman Kha
Sherman Kha (Student)
7 years ago

Task significance is not something I think of when I think of management. That is a problem, because when task significance not apparent to workers, the employees will not be as motivated. When managers make task significance highlight and show how the work employees do will benefit others, employees are highly motivated and excited about their jobs. Without task significance employees won't see how their work is paying off or the people that are benefiting, and a company would not be successful without encouraging managers to praise the worker's task significance.

Sunny Huang
Sunny Huang (Student)
7 years ago

This Podcast is very comprehensive and easy to follow. I did learn something new from the Podcast other than the materials from the textbook.  I never realized the importance of employee motivation and task significance.  It is true that it makes me feel more motivated if my job/task makes difference for the others.

The Q&A approach used in the Podcast makes it easier for users to remember the main points and ideas. However, I’d suggest creating some sort of outlines or transcripts for offline review purposes.

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I'd like to be able to download a copy of this Podcast.  It is in Quicktime format, so I can't download it unless I have QT Pro version installed.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 mins
Amanda Millhoff
Amanda Millhoff (Student)
7 years ago

I was completely unaware of what task significance was until listening to this podcast with Adam Grant. I am a Resident Assistant in the dorms at the university I attend. I now realize my job is high in task significance. After listening to this podcast, I took a look back on my past performance with the residents in my building and the events I put on, and realized that I had not put enough effort into it because over time, I had become bored with my job, due to lack of participation from residents. I am now taking a step back and going to put more effort into the events I hold for residents, because they do make a difference in their lives, and that by putting more effort in, the participation from residents will increase. Adam Grant's definition of task significance and his examples were great and have helped me grow as an employee.

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Mike Brogan
Mike Brogan (Student)
7 years ago

This interview was very interesting because I find that it correlates to how I have felt about my past and present jobs. For example, I used to work as track marshal at an indoor go-kart track, at first it was exciting but it soon got tiresome. The job offered no mental stimulation; I waved a flag and made sure people put their seatbelts on correctly. A later job I had was as a welder, for me it was extremely stimulating. At the beginning of the day I would be given a specific task, anything from welding railings too fabricating motorcycle parts. How I would accomplish my tasks was up to me, so I was not only doing physical labor but also problem solving. I would often be so enveloped in my work I would forget to takes breaks and even when my boss would make me I couldn’t wait to get back and continue working. Everyday I would get to work as excited as one can be at work, and try my best with everything I built.

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Hsin Yi Chen
Hsin Yi Chen (Student)
7 years ago

I agree that the job that has more task significance means it's more meaningful and the employees are more productive because it means that the job you have it's pretty important and may affect others a lot. Most employees are most likely to help others, and it does affect those people who are being help with.  

Jolie Lau
Jolie Lau (Student)
7 years ago

I've never knew what task significance really meant.  It is rarely mentioned, but after listening to him, it really taught me how motivation is really important to an employee.  At first when we start a job, we get all excited about it, but after awhile, you get bored and you lose the meaning in your work.  And if we can all get motivated like the way Adam Grant says, it is a way to put us back on track.  Most of us are never thanked for our work, and we feel unappreciaed, but even if one person said thank you, it would make our day that much better and we won't feel low and tired of working that extra few hours at work.

Alyssa Esquibel
Alyssa Esquibel (Student)
7 years ago

I think that in order for employees to perform their best that employers have to make sure the best is required. A lot of times in order for employees to give their best effort there has to be an incentive or a requirement. I think that if mediocre work is required than mediocre work is what the employer will receieve.

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Karen Hong
Karen Hong (Student)
7 years ago

I believe, task significance is important at a workplace. Having a really important task can make you feel, you are actually contributing to your work and not just another employee. I never realized how auto-workers don't realize how they make an importance in one's life. We probably do take them for granted because they work for us and without it, some of our cars might never be fixed. I think, task significance is a way for companies to keep their employees motivated.

Amelia Paul
Amelia Paul (Student)
7 years ago

Such a great podcast.  It can be related to all different fields. I never knew what task significance was or how important it is. I especially liked the correlation between task significance and motivation about the travel books.  I also liked the life guard examples.  It really shows the everyday jobs and how task significance relates to them.

Alexis Anselmo
Alexis Anselmo (Student)
7 years ago

After listening to Adam Grant, it made me realize how much of a strong correlation there is between motivation and performance. It was interesting to hear that motivation can be affected by external processes because I always thought it was only based on the individual alone. I think Adam's approaches to close the gaps between employees performance and the effect it has on the community is a great approach manager's can use in terms of their OD activities. For example, they can conduct survey-feedbacks on a regular basis in order to pinpoint where their employees' mindsets are at and what to do in response to that in order to improve performance.

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Salvador Bravo
Salvador Bravo (Student)
7 years ago

In regards to the Adam Grant’s interview, I believe that Task Significance should be encouraged in any business. When employees loose their interest and drive to work for their company. Their quality is seen through their products or services. That can cause significant change in a company, either it be good or bad. When an employee is motivated and understands how valuable their job is. It causes an effect of importance. It demonstrates to the consumer or recipient of the good of service that there is someone out there that cares for their well being and best interest. It also demonstrates to the employee that they are someone important in a process of achieving a goal that will create a positive impact to society.

Nicholas LoPiccolo
Nicholas LoPiccolo (Student)
7 years ago

I found the content interesting and very believable. Someone within the workplace will become increasingly less motivated if they are not receiving the proper feedback. Included in the aforementioned proper feedback is not understanding the task significance of their job. Not understanding the positive impact a certain job is having on the general public will indeed dampen someone's opinion of their job and the work done within this job. On the other hand firefighters for example, constantly seeing that they are saving lives and keeping people from harms way is a constant reminder of task significance. These types of jobs lead to a more motivated work force who take pride in their work. Increasing task significance increasing overall satisfaction and overall happiness with an individuals job and therefore leads to more conscientious performance. A person who is conscientiously going about their day and performing to the best of their ability will bring great reward to themselves as well as their company.

Cathy Luk
Cathy Luk (Student)
7 years ago

I think Adam Grant has a great explanation on task significance and I can describe that it is an identifiable piece of work affects, or important to others internal or external in the organization. Also, an employee's knowledge of other people's dependence on the work they are doing is very important factor in the job satisfaction. Task significance is in the Human Resource, teams and training subject. Adam also talks about the dramatic effect of task significance on job performance. After I listen the interview from Adam Grant, it helps me a lot to understand how important test significance is. It is important because it teach me how to improve working performance and make it more efficiency. We also need to contribute internal and external in the organization to be successful on task significance.

Chun Lin Chen
Chun Lin Chen (Student)
7 years ago

The interview is very insightful. I agree with Adam Grant that lack of task significance will lower motivation over time as the case with the translators. Another great example is the fund raising callers that kept getting hanged up on from 90-99% of the time. His method to help they see how the callers work is actually helping was a great move. People are more motivated when they are able to see the end result or see the difference they are making.

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Tran Nguyen
Tran Nguyen (Student)
7 years ago

Comments about the podcast about Task Significance by Adam Grant:

Adam Grant combines phylosophy and business management in his theory "Task Significance".

Some of you might know about the book, "How to win friends and influence people" by Dale Carnergie. In his book, he talks about one of methods of making people like you is that you have to make them have the feeling of importance.

This method is now applied in business effectively. After sharing this podcast to my friends, some said that this theory helps managers exploit workers to do more without paying more.

Therefore, to my opinion, managers should combine salary incentives with recognition of task significance so as to increase workers' efficiency

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nee lau
nee lau (Student)
7 years ago

Grade Podcast, even if you own your own business!!

Jasmine prieto
Jasmine prieto (Student)
7 years ago

The interview on task significance by Adam Grant was a great podcast. He brought up extremely important points when it comes employees making a difference with their work. He also brought up good points about the employer and motivating its employees. I have seen many times we're employees just do their job to do it and not really care about it or care to do it well. I do think it is an employees job to care about their job and do it to their best ability, but I also believe that when an employer gives initiatives it helps motivate the employee that much more. Employees are not always self interested and Adam's idea of showing the employee how they make a difference is something i think can really change a lot of employees work ethic.

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Jermaine Jones
Jermaine Jones (Student)
7 years ago

I really think that people need to take more responsibility for their own choices and actions. We are slowly becoming a nation where we must cater to the unnecessary emotion "self-pity" (for lack of a better word) needs of others in the work place which takes away from time in which we could become more productive and make the business more successful. What I mean by this is, if you need more motivation to actually do your job which you AGREED to complete upon being hired (without actually researching completely) then maybe you shouldn't have applied for the job in the first place.

No one should have to make you feel like your job matters to make you successful at it, if you can't set your own goals and create your own motivations then don't apply for the job simple as that. It isnt anyone's job to be your parent and tell you what a good job you are doing 100% of the time in order for a person to be an adult and take responsibility. If self-esteem is the problem then perhaps there is another route a person can take OUTSIDDE of the work place. This may sound harsh but we live in the real world and it is my personal belief that we should act accordingly.

alexis Chang-Zheng
alexis Chang-Zheng (Student)
7 years ago

I think the whole task significance thing is common sense for all human beings. However, people are blind or dont want to see beyond their actions. I love the approaches that Adam Grant suggested employers to use to motivate their workers, because I think they could be very effective. Those methods will allow the worker to see beyond their actions and the work their perform. If everybody were to be aware of the bad or good results of their own action, people will have a better judgment when deciding how to do get the things done.

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I didnt have any problem

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Jonathan Ramos
Jonathan Ramos (Student)
7 years ago

This is a great episode of this podcast. After hearing about task significance, I realized that where I work can have high task significance, at AT&T. My coworkers and I joke about changing peoples lives on cell phone at a time. It's great food for thought on how you effect others lives.

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Sean Deocampo
Sean Deocampo (Student)
7 years ago

I really enjoyed listening to the podcast.  I thought the idea of showing employees how they make a positive impact, in the lives of the people they help, very interesting.  However, I wonder how various health care professionals, especially a hospice nurse, feels after providing care for a dying patient.  Would Adam's concept of task significance work in every profession.  Also, I wonder how long the effect of task significance last among various professions.

The task significance concepts seems really simple, but very informative.  More studies should be done using task significance among other professions such as prison guards, funeral service providers, and service men and women.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes
Melanie Lee
Melanie Lee (Student)
7 years ago

Interesting, yet at the same time predictable. I think for the most part, and perhaps I am speaking on my own behalf, it is in human nature to feel compassion for others. I'm slightly embarrassed to admit it, but I don't really go out of my way on a daily basis seeking to help others... But, when I do so, I'm left with a satisfied feeling.

If my job impacted people positively (which it currently does not, unfortunately), I would definitely feel more motivated to work harder, perform better, etc...

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Time spent reviewing site: 20 min
Ali Jenabzadeh
Ali Jenabzadeh (Student)
7 years ago

This is a very interesting concept that needs to be studied more and developed to be able to implement it as a practical procedure routine in organizations. At my current job, bridge engineering, we try to keep ourselves motivated about the importance of our job since the state department doesn’t appreciate all the time and we don’t have direct contact with the users, commuters. I hope one day, top management in department of transportation finds out how important our job is and start encouraging us instead of giving pay cuts w/o attentions.

Ali Jenabzadeh

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Time spent reviewing site: 30 mins
Baron Haas
Baron Haas (Student)
7 years ago

When I was in the Navy, I worked on a ship.  At first, it was exciting, and new.  Over time, it ended up becoming repetative and boring, and it felt like I was just going through the motions.  By the time I was ready to get out, I couldn't wait to get out.  Nothing could keep me in, I wanted out, and to get to college.  I was consistently passed over for awards that I knew I deserved and constantly given extra work as a reward for getting my work done.

Hearing this guy talk about these jobs and experiences, it makes it clear to me that people need to have that positive outlook as well as positive experiences within the job.  Maintaining a positive outlook is difficult, but needed to keep people in a job, paying attention, and actually enjoying what they do.  A task that is way too difficult when the "leadership" doesn't care about the people as much as they should, and doesn't try to find ways to motivate them.

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Ronald Tzou
Ronald Tzou (Student)
7 years ago

This was a great podcast to listen to. I believe that task significance can be very motivating for all employees and everyone who is involved. Task siginficance jobs help others first, they all want to stay positive and motivate each employee, no matter what position one holds. There are a lot of jobs that lack "task significance!" Seems that some employees or companies, like to make money, but are not even motivated to make their customers happy. It's about the sales not customer satisfaction. I dont understand how people can be satisfied with just a sale, instead one should be more happier about serving a consumer. People will work harder and become more positive if Task Significance is more present in the workplace.

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Kelley Heleniak
Kelley Heleniak (Student)
7 years ago

I think that this is a great podcast! It is such a unthought of idea to actually enjoy the work that you are doing. Alot of people now just get jobs to have jobs and make money but it would be so much better if people enjoyed their work! I had never thought that some people working within jobs that make a difference but never see the people who are getting the benefits. If these workers were able to met a few people who had benefitted from the products that they make then their jobs would continue to hold a high positive impact on the workers individual lives.

When work is meaningful then it makes the workers preform more highly and it also keeps the employees more motivated to work! I now will try to apply these principles into whatever career that I choose to work within.

I agree with what was said about how managers need to try to motivate the employees to work more and also these managers should show how their jobs benefit other people!

William Chao
William Chao (Student)
7 years ago

Task Significance: Interview with Adam Grant Adam Grant had a great point in explaining about task significance. We as students, employees or both must make more of a effort to understand the benefits of what we do daily that can motivate our reason to be there. We can be in school studying to become a nurse or mechanic, or as employee working as a server in a fast food place. If we understand what we do there or in a way helping people it tends to make the person involve work harder. I have worked in the bio-tech industry for 8 years, and also a part time student. In the beginning I saw my job as nothing more then a paycheck. As I move up at my in my position and started to understand my job more, the motivation in enjoying my work with up. Knowing that the clinical trials I worked on can help people that are sick made me understand the important of what I do.

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Employer should put more effort to training and let the employees know their job are helping people.

Time spent reviewing site: 40min
Sean Behm
Sean Behm (Student)
7 years ago

I could not agree more that knowing your "Task Significance" is directly linked to your motivation in the workplace.  I was not "saving lives" or "diving into the deep end" but I was creating all the wireframe graphics for New Features Guide that shipped with every single release of 3D Studio Max 7.  While working on this project with Autodesk Inc. I soon became tired and unmotivated while creating these wireframe models that helped illustrate the new features of our software package.  Every model was very similar and I only worked on my little pieces and never got to see the big picture.  It was not until I had the opportunity to see the page proofs in their entirety which beautifully integrated all of my graphics with text, images, and image captions that I became 150% re-inspired to crank out the best possible work and keep it fun!  I also had no idea at first that MILLIONS of these booklets were going to be printed!  To this day I still think they were hiding the importance and scale of this project from me simply because I was still an intern working away for little to no money in comparison to the amount of revenue these software packages (Priced at $3,000++) will bring into the company.

If I were running the show I would have these interns coming right into the print shops, looking at previous New Feature Guides and right on the front line of the entire effort towards the new release leaving them wide-eyed and ready to dive in and contribute to the success of their team and company as a whole.

Now that I run my own design firm and production company I REALLY know how significant my work was on that project.  My company would charge 10's of thousands of dollars to work on a print project of that scale.

Cool and relievent pod cast,

Thanks

Cynthia Sanchez
Cynthia Sanchez (Student)
7 years ago

Listening to the podcast interview of Adam Grant opened my eyes to a different point of view. I do believe employees start losing interest in what they do when they don't directly see the benefits. For example, I work at Starbucks and at times i feel i keep doing the same tasks repeatedly. Until customers tell me that they might be having a horrible day, but it all changes when they come into Starbucks. When i hear that kind of feedback i definitely strive to keep on doing the best i can do. If other employments could show employees the difference they make I'm sure they would perform better and be motivated to stay.

paxy flores
paxy flores (Student)
7 years ago

I agree with the gentelman that did this study. My friends are unenthused about their work and careers; and, it is because the don't beleive their work makes a difference or helps anybody out. If employers emphaised to workers that their jobs help people out, performance would be efficient and done well.

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Lazaro Onofre
Lazaro Onofre (Student)
7 years ago

Well after listening the interview with Adam Grant, I would like to say that I agree with him because the theory of task significance is very useful in the business field.  This is something that happens with many employees that will have motivations to help each others.  Most of the employees are willing to help people that need their help.  I believe that if everyone is willing to cooperate in a company this theory will be a great success in the working environment and the company will improve and expand much faster.

 

Alisa Lemberg
Alisa Lemberg (Student)
7 years ago

I really enjoyed the Task Significance segment of this podcast. Motivating workers through showing them that their work has value and merit seems like a logical step in the move away from seeing workers as solely self-interested. I don't think the concept is very new (we already knew for example, that charity work and giving donations leaves people with a higher sense of self worth) but the interventions were brilliant.

Used in course? Yes
David Diaz
David Diaz (Student)
7 years ago

This is all about taking it upon yourself to make a difference through your work. It also touches of the fact that you can burn yourself out and lose sight of why you have chosen your work. It's all about motivation and self-drive to continue to your work.

Used in course? Yes
huyen choeun
huyen choeun (Student)
7 years ago

I like this podcast a lot. I learned a lot from it. I think it is a good idea to connect the users with the helpers because I think it can make a difference. Motivation is key to working hard and to stay motivated in a job is hard. At first when enter into a new environment at work, you're excited but once the work becomes routine and all you're hearing is negative feedback, the worker will loose focus and sight to what they're really there for. People find joy when they know they've helped someone; it will keep them motivated to help other more in the long run. However, if they feel that their works make no difference, they will treat it as another task that they have to get done.

Definitely it is a good idea to match the two.

John Menges
John Menges (Student)
8 years ago

I really liked the fact about the lifeguards example.  They started feeling that their job didn't have important meaning and it was just the same thing day in and day out.  The stories really help to restore their values of why they became a lifeguard in the first place.  It was a moral booster for all the lifeguards that felt that their job has become stagnate.  Again the vovol example with people giving examples of how their car and their worked saved lives.  Giving employees a purpose.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 min
huiming zhen
huiming zhen (Student)
8 years ago

I really like this podcast on task significance. The material was interesting and very easy to understand. I would reccomend this website to other students who have the management course or in management major.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 MIn
Navi Thach
Navi Thach (Student)
8 years ago

From listening to the podcast, it reaffirms why I think if you give someone meaningful work and also give them a challenge to stimulate their minds as well as keep them happy via benefits at work and provide them management that is there to insure order but not intimidate you will give them a good reason to stay in your firm.

Rosa Tapia
Rosa Tapia (Student)
8 years ago

It was interesting how Adam Grant mentions showing lifeguards examples of other lifeguards who've saved lives in order to motivate them.  I feel at times my work is meaningless. Listening to this podcast on Task Significance really struck a cord with me because I thought of my own motivations at work.  It made me realize what I produce actually affects internal staff as well as the community. 

Suraj Samson
Suraj Samson (Student)
8 years ago

Task significance is incredibly important for employee morale, motivation, and productivity. Believing in what you're doing, that it's meaningful, and that it makes a difference in other people's lives. It reduces employee churn, increases performance, and increases their self worth.

Used in course? Yes
Flora Chan
Flora Chan (Student)
8 years ago

I found out this was one of the good interview for this remind of those who are new for the workforce which is what we do in our new jobs that isn’t foe our day to day struggle to get paid, but for that we effect those around us and for the work that we can do as well. But just it gave me a good insight to what expect in the real world and how each employees’ job isn’t to be benefit themselves as just help those around them to reach their goals as well. Also I find that this can podcast very enlightening because it just recognizes the general need for everybody to have an impact on other people’s lives through their work.

Russell Lee
Russell Lee (Student)
8 years ago

I found it interesting that there is invisible task significace in that car makers don't get to see the drivers of the cars they made. Task Significance is very important because it affects work for other people. This podcast is very informative for the workplace.

Lana Bonotan Agot
Lana Bonotan Agot (Student)
8 years ago

I thought it was very interesting that he pointed out that task significance is important in employee satisfaction and morale.

Technical Remarks:

As soon as I found which podcast was the right one, it was fairly easy to listen to it.

Ashley Sollars
Ashley Sollars (Student)
8 years ago

I found this podcast interview very interesting.  I agree that providing gratification in a job will directly effect the productivity and success in the workplace.

It is very important for people to know that the job they are doing makes a difference.

Aliceth-J Liang
Aliceth-J Liang (Student)
8 years ago

the explanation is very useful. i can understand that how important motivation is to job performace. having a positive impact on the the onther is on of the motivation. people will feel happy if they think they have done something meaningful and help the others.

Yuhang Yao
Yuhang Yao (Student)
8 years ago

The audio podcast by Mike Johnson interviewing Adam Grant was pretty interesting and informative! I really agree with the point that hiring the people who enjoy the job is important.

Johnny Hoang
Johnny Hoang (Student)
8 years ago

I thought that the task significant podcast audio was great. You get a new view on how work can motivate their employees to do more work. Listening is the key in any environment in order to get great results. People like to be listened to see what can be improved within the work environment. The friendly work environment can help create a better work place for the employer and the employee.

Used in course? Yes
JENNIFER TRAN
JENNIFER TRAN (Student)
8 years ago

Great explanation of how people understand that their work impact others. Task significant motivates companies and employees to do thier work and see that how thier work could benefit others. It makes people more interest in thier job and work harder.

Used in course? Yes
minyu deng
minyu deng (Student)
8 years ago

I think "Task Significance" is a useful concept for the managements to imporve their employees' job performances. As Adam said, if a automobile engineer never meet their drivers and passengers, they don't know how the drivers and passengers feel about their work, and they don't know how to improve their work.

"Task Significance" can hlep the managements better understand the needs of their employees and the customers so that they can better deal with other groups' relationships.

Di Han
Di Han (Student)
8 years ago

After listening to the "Task Significance" podcast, I think the point is really good. In order to motivate eployees and increase their productivity, managers should let the works know how important the "task significance" is. Generally, task significance mean's one's job has a positive effect on one person to the others.This audio teaches me a lot. I know that task significance really plays an important role in people's job. Task significance and social responsibility enable people to have better environment to work.

felicia hall
felicia hall (Student)
8 years ago

I enjoyed this explanation of task significance and how it should be implemented within businesses.  It is more meaningful to employees when they are aware of who is benefiting from their day-to-day tasks while at work.  Especially among those occupations with high task significance.

 

Gladys Clutario
Gladys Clutario (Student)
8 years ago

Adam Grant clearly and effectively explains the definition of Task Significance. There were suggestion on how to intervene in order to improve Task Significance in the workplace.

Used in course? Yes
Wan Zhang
Wan Zhang (Student)
8 years ago

"Task Significance: Interview with Adam Grant" After I listened this interview, I summarized the definition of “Task Significance”, which means one's job has a positive impact on the well being of other people. Adam found that increasing task significance dramatically improved employee job performance. Task significance involves how important the task is to others in the work team, which is important in showing employees how the work they do fits in with that done in the rest of the organization.

Elizabeth Tapia
Elizabeth Tapia (Student)
8 years ago

Grant's interview was both touching and significant in my personal opinion. His interview spoke volumes to any of us who have ever had a dead end job. He says that no one has ever done a study on task significance versus task monotony of workers in a call center.

 

Many of us have had dead end jobs, like the example in the call center where we may have not seen the significance, however those call center employees were more significant to the university than perhaps the lifeguard at the university pool, although the public perception of those two jobs is entirely opposite.

 

Grant also states that work performance would increase if the employees actually saw their work as significant and would take a pride in their job rather than just see their job as a way to pay bills. Employers that can give this knowledge to their employees stand to be better off than those employers that cannot.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: About an hour
James Jordan
James Jordan (Student)
8 years ago

Grant's discussion about Task Significance reminded me of our readings about social responsibility. In addition to providing benefits to you personally, the externalities associated with performing whatever task you do can benefit those around you within and outside of the organization. Well delivered.

Carla Blankenship
Carla Blankenship (Student)
8 years ago

This was a good interview to remind those who are new to the workforce that what we do in our new jobs isn't just for our day to day struggle to get paid, but that we effect those around us and the work we do does as well. It gave me a good insight to what to expect in the "real world" and how each employees job is not to benefit themselves but help those around them reach their goals as well.

Shirley Ho
Shirley Ho (Student)
8 years ago

On the podcast interview "Task Significance" Adam Grant mentions "having an opportunity to have a good impact on others".  Grant emphasizes that anytime employers are helping others, it is high in task significance.  People in high task significance jobs are more aggressive, motivated, and sactisfied at work.

Today's businesses are competitive, motivation is key for talent retention and performance.  Organization should build high task significance to share experiences that influence others and management should open door for the employees to raise or exchange their voices when they make the changes.  Especially, people in high significance jobs are likely to listen to their customers to meet their needs.  Working together as teams, improving service and quality of products are necessary for forming strong finance and good reputation in business.

Used in course? Yes
kit man chan
kit man chan (Student)
8 years ago

I think this podcast is great , i learn a lot from that.Mark  Adam did a very good job , it is important that we can learn more about financial decisions and stuffs that we don't know if we are not looking on this web site.

Time spent reviewing site: a lot
Samuel Leung
Samuel Leung (Student)
8 years ago

Task Significant is a new concept to me. I am working in a bank as a middle management. As the bank keep on laying off the workers, we are all in bad morale. Everyone seems not knowing why we have to work that hard everyday. By applying Task Significant, I am now having a new revelation, i.e., I have to help as many associates as possible to stay in their positions. Also, before I lose my job, I need to take care all my customers to make sure they will stay afloat before another officer takes over my role one day.

Dean Alburati
Dean Alburati (Student)
8 years ago

I think that this interview really gave me a great idea about work experience and what to look for when going into the business world. Also, I think this podcast helped me understand the responsibility of employees and how their jobs helped them and benefit others.

wenyu gu
wenyu gu (Student)
8 years ago

In this video. Adam talks about Task significant is doing somethingwhich benefit other people. Motivation and task significant have relevant with each other. Motivation plays an important role in the workplace. Task significant are determined whether employee can be motivated to do job better.

Used in course? Yes
Morgan Christian
Morgan Christian (Student)
8 years ago

The Podcast on Task Significance with Adam Grant was extremely interesting. He defined task significance as any job that has a positive impact on other people and mentioned that many jobs do but that the people performing them rarely have the opportunity to see the positive effects they have had. For example he listed journalists who write articles but who never see the positive effects it has on the readers, or those who manufacture and develop pharmaceuticals that save people's live but who never get to meet the patients they have effected.

He alluded that if opportunities are provided for employees to see the effects they have on others that it will provide motivation to work harder, longer and generally promote greater happiness and personal fulfillment for employees. I agree, though many of us may say we like to be selfless and do not need to see the positive results of our hard work to be honest it doesn't hurt. When someone can put a face to a person's life they change it will motivate them to continue to do good. Adam Grant's research was very interesting, conclusive and highly valuable.

Used in course? Yes
Jiehua Wu
Jiehua Wu (Student)
8 years ago

The podcast "Task Significance, interview with AdamGrant" is interested for me. Also, I agree with his opinion. In the company, highest postion has most power and responsbility. Manager's strong sense of responsibility and self motivation can affect their employees during the working time. Employees and the mamager are both interrelated and interact on each other. The motivation for the decision is the desire to improve the serivce to the customers. Values are most sustainable and owerful motivation.Those examples are clearly analysis the employee's working quality to help the manager to adapt his work. I think the mutable motivation brings adaptablity that can help the company become more successful in their field.

Caryn Manginelli
Caryn Manginelli (Student)
8 years ago

Adam Grant does an excellent job explaining task significance.  For my graduate project, I would like to develop a program to benefit the elderly in a varity of ways.  This will, hopefully, have a positive impact on many disadvanted seniors.  To establish this ground floor business, employees will need to understand their contributions to the benefit of others (task significance) and their very unique roles in this effort.  Mr. Grant indicates that motivation (especially for less conscientous employees) can be enhanced in my project by: a)making certain all individuals connect with the elderly they are benefiting; b)finding/sharing stories with these seniors and c)creating forums to share their own stories through open conversations and providing reinforcement for this sharing.  Task significance will be included in the planning stage of this project!

Time spent reviewing site: 45 MINUTES
talha sohail
talha sohail (Student)
8 years ago

The podcast on task significance was great i liked how adam talked about giving employees incentives and giving them a feeling that they are helping someone. With that he beielves that most employees will be more efficient hand happy at work.

Kevin Dultz
Kevin Dultz (Student)
8 years ago

The Task Significance podcast with Adam Grant brought good light on how managers should give there employees proper feedback from their jobs. It is very important to show that customers can be very appreciative towards all the little things that come with a product. The Volvo example was a great way to show why they are on top with safety precautions for the vehicles. This podcast also made me think about all my previous jobs and how I carried my behavior durring different occupations. This was a very well studied matter by Adam Grant.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 20-30min
Rouja Velichkova
Rouja Velichkova (Student)
8 years ago

I really enjoyed the Podcast regarding "Task Significance" by Mark Adam.  It makes a lot of sense that in order to have motivated employees we need to show how their work makes a difference in society.  People need to know how their work benefits others.  The examples used to show how task significance has made a dramatic difference in increasing motivation among employees were extremely relevant. 

Andrew S Powers
Andrew S Powers (Student)
8 years ago

Motivation is a key factor in the work place. People who work under a superior and see zero fruits of their labor tend to have little motivation to preform above and beyond. microsoft's surveys showed that 6 out of 10 users didn't find OS useable. The useability test lab allowed microsoft developers to first hand see what needed to be improved, why and for who. This direct motivation gave them the innitiative to make the OS more people friendly. this is task significance.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: alot
Igor Platitsa
Igor Platitsa (Student)
8 years ago

Great podcast! I think when each employees will be motivated each organization will be benefited from that. I work in IT industry where most of the assignments are done remotely and when I feel any sort of feedback from end users, it gives me a feeling that my work is appreciated by somebody, which adds motivation to do my job even better.

Muhidin Sheikh
Muhidin Sheikh (Student)
8 years ago

Task Significance, even though it is new term, the concept behind it is not. As long as I could remember my parents used to motivate my brothers and I to being good people. They used stories to get the point across. Example, like the boy that cried wolf, hearing that story as kids it motivated us to lie. But it is new touch using it in the business field. Is more like Personal business, because in order for task significance to work. A worker has to be personally motivated.

Thomas May
Thomas May (Student)
8 years ago

I find this podcast very enlightening because it recognizes the general need for everybody to have an impact on other peoples lives through their work. I have found this to be very true in the jobs that I have worked and it also makes me consider some jobs that need a lot more feedback of their task significance. I have found some teachers and professors to be very disconnected with a large amount of their students and if they did listen to the feedback of these studnets I believe that they would be inspired to become better teachers.

Recently during a workshop that I put on for accounting students I had realized my task significance when a man came up to me and told me, because my accounting workshop was so well put together, refreshing, and interactive I had inspired him to start attending our tutoring. This gave me an amazing feeling and really makes me want to better myself as a tutor so that I may make more changes of this nature to my pupils.

Terry Thomas
Terry Thomas (Student)
8 years ago

I can relate to the podcast "Task Significance: Interview with Adam Grant" because I work at a high tech company that thrives on customer feedback to implement the next generation of processors.  I believe that feedback motivates the engineers and the company as a whole to always excel and produce a quality product for our consumers.

It also translates to the individual worker.  I once told my manager that I did not see my contribution to the organization because I did not see the feedback I was used to getting.  My previous manager and peers saw that my knowledge and expertise was valuable, but I didn't feel this manager or peers was getting that.  He assured me that I was, but it made me unmotivated to do more and I became stagnant and disconnected.

One of things the company tries to do is rate your work, manager, org through surveys on a quarterly basis to see your satisfaction level.  What I found out was that I was not alone in my dissatisfaction and they started to give rewards from managers and  also your peers. Every department has different customers some may be external but they can also be internal.  You could get rewards outside of your org if you help someone in a different org or worked on a project together.  It raised moral, but there was still a certain group of people that were being recognized over and over just based on monetary value.  There were people who were doing process work that reduced hours or eliminated the task altogether that were not being recognized by their managers that eventually changed.

I do agree as Adam Grant stated that some of us are conscientious and have personal values, but the ones who really do well are the ones where the personal values dominate because those are the ones who love what they do at any pay and will go the extra mile.  They thrive on knowing that their small contribution helped to make a difference in another person being able to affect someone else's life or help to make a company successful in meeting their goal or mission.

My company is also big on charity and volunteerism.  We as individuals and the company as a whole have donated thousands of man hours during the year and millions of dollars to crisis and charitable organizations.  To get personal thank you's from the company and the charitable organizations that what you contributed made a difference in the lives of children, families and the environment makes you want to do it over and over again.  Self-satisfaction is powerful and a great motivator.

Technical Remarks:

Great Site!  User Friendly and a lot of information.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 15mins
Abhishek Vakil
Abhishek Vakil (Student)
8 years ago

I absolutely agree with what Adam Grant has to say about Task Significance. When an employee of a company can see how his/her work is impacting other people thereby realizing the benefits they receive from it, it undoubtedly bolsters performance. It comes as a huge form of motivation as well when you see how your day to day work effects another person because you understand that you are doing your job right. Understanding one's task significance makes the employee realize his/her role in the company or organization. It acts as an agent to help the employee associate with the company better and it also ensures that they would want to work harder to have a positive impact on more people.

Used in course? Yes
sachal baig
sachal baig (Student)
8 years ago

i totally agree on this, i work in a field where i get to help people make their financial decisions, and i feel like i have an important say in their future. At the end of the day i get to meet people face to face and build trust so they come to me when they want a professional insight.

Samantha Wong
Samantha Wong (Student)
8 years ago

I agree with Adam Grant when he says task significance is much more important in relation to customer service jobs. I feel this way because I am in a customer service oriented job; I work at Bank of America as a Sales & Service Specialist. When helping my customer resolve a problem, I do feel a sense of fulfillment, just as Grant referred too.

Jennifer Williams
Jennifer Williams (Student)
8 years ago

Adam Grant "Task Significance" - having an opportunity to do work that has a positive impact on the well being of other people (social contribution) I found Adam Grant's Task Significance, a interesting podcast to listen to. When considering the issue of work & the workplace, I agree that employees initially are productive & excited about their new job but through time, with the day-in & day-out of doing monotimous work, there is a lose of motivation, no matter how "task significant" their job is. Through Grant's research with 1) Fundraiser Callers, every dollar rasied puts a person through college, scholarship students; 99% of calls get declined; quit every 2 months; by meeting 1-2 scholarship recipients, T.S. increased. 2) Life guards- read 4 articles about lifeguards saving lives; just by meeting 3-4 articles, T.S. increased. Grant was able to discover that T.S., actually increases job performance. Once an employee sees & understands their works level of T.S., they become more motivated, productive, and satisfied.

Used in course? Yes
Daniel Mickleburgh
Daniel Mickleburgh (Student)
8 years ago

This interview made me realize my previous job's task significance which I took for granted.  If only I realized how important my job was I probably would have offered to work longer hours.  This approach to management seems to be very effective in getting yourself or anyone motivated.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 15
Akintayo Fayehun
Akintayo Fayehun (Student)
8 years ago

I believe that task significance is not only important for the workforce but in all parts of life. As a student, I try to perform my best not to solely land a great career but to also be a role-model to my younger siblings and a shining light for my family. In all, the podcast was very informative and touched areas that most employers and employees brush off as insignificant to business prosperity.

Takamichi Manaka
Takamichi Manaka (Student)
8 years ago

The podcast "Task Significance" by Mark Adam was interesting for me.

In the last part of his speech, he explains how the strategy work differently by person and he tells us how companies should do. I really like his second choice that we can share one story.

 

Time spent reviewing site: 30 mins
Gordon Wong
Gordon Wong (Student)
8 years ago

The podcast reminded me of an incident that I had while working at Fedex.  A customer came into the service center late one evening, needing to send a college application overnight.  Apparently, the deadline was the following day.  Several months later, that same customer came into the center again.  He thanked us for getting his application to the college on time.  As a result, I was able to exprience task significance first hand. 

Used in course? Yes
Yan Qing Wu
Yan Qing Wu (Student)
8 years ago

The podcast of "Task Significance" by Adam Grant states that increasing task significance actually improves job performance.  His three sugestions for managers to increase task significance include: introducing employees to people who benefit from their work, encouraging employees and customers to share stories, and creating forms for employees to share their own stories.  Employees would love to see that people benefit from their work, thus, they have motivation to perform better jobs.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 30 min
Bin Xian Huang
Bin Xian Huang (Student)
8 years ago

It is interseting and useful. I agree with Mark Adam.Task Signigicance is very important for today's work place It can imporve peopel's job performance.It makes jobs more interesting to people and poeple will enjoy more about their jobs.

Bree Viscia
Bree Viscia (Student)
8 years ago

This pod cast brought about really interesting ideas. In business job setting the overall purpos can sometimes be forgotten especially because business is very much known for being a perasonal profittable profession. When the profit starts to come in slower and slower and less and less its important to remember why exactly your doing what your doing. In the example with the call center; after seeing that what they do day in and day out really does make a difference to some one else other then their pay checks, they work harder and in turn their sales increases and so does their pay.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 15 min
kristine nadala
kristine nadala (Student)
8 years ago

I've had a lot of jobs over the years, and looking back I can see a very big difference in both my attitude and work ethic when I worked at a place which gave me low task significance. I feel like work ethic and motivation are directly related to how we see our jobs and our roles in a company. Positive reinforcement is always a great motivator, but for employers who can't always reward an employee there is task significance. Its always nice to know that the effort we put into a job is not for nothing. While many employees may start a job with high levels of motivation and a good work ethic, sometimes they can start to stray from where they first began. Becoming disconnected and losing sight of your goal is often what can lead to a slump, having constant reminders of why we so what we do is a great way to continue to reinforce our values and beliefs.

john taing
john taing (Student)
8 years ago

I absolutely believe that task significance is a vital tool that more companies and employers need to take advantage of. People can often lose sight of their purpose at work when they start to forget about the impact they have on other people. Everyone wants to feel important and like they are making a difference, so it is a great motivator and reminder of why we chose that job in the first place. Firefighters for example are always in direct contact with those they are helping and are given the strength and bravery to continue to risk their lives to save others. Task significance can give an employee what they need to do anything from work harder to risking their lives on the job.

Quoc Le
Quoc Le (Student)
8 years ago

The interview on Task Significance by Adam Grant is really good to know. Adam pointed great example about positive reinforcement to helps employees, and to see the work they do helps the company overall. Adam Grant also shown the sense of accomplishment and aligning it with the company to plan more often than not will help tremendously in the long run.

ming yang
ming yang (Student)
8 years ago

This is a very helpful imformation and example to me. After listen "Interview with Adam Grant" I felt it is very important to share imformation with people related to your work. Two examples talked about in the audio are life gard and Travel company. From the example Adam is really get important imformations and life examples to help him and his cowork to improve their job qualiteis.

Used in course? Yes
Sherman Yee
Sherman Yee (Student)
8 years ago

"Task Significance" ßy Adam Grants....

I personally love these kinda of motivational information.  Task Significance can be related and connect to many events in others lives. Even if people do not meet who their helping, I'm sure the people getting helped appreciate the helper. Also, if someone wanted to gather stories to share, there is no need to go on a specific forum to find them. You can get positive and thrilling stories from anyone. People in general will always have some kind of interesting story to tell about themselves or about somebody they know. Just learn to ask =P

 

Technical Remarks:

Took awhile to find the button to write comments. At first I wasn't sure if it was the correct button. The sites theme is too small and cluttered if ya ask me. You should think about not style first but readability, then maybe style later on otherwise you'll lose traffic....

YANRONG HUANG
YANRONG HUANG (Student)
8 years ago

The podcast "Task Significance" is intrestng and useful for me. It tells us how task dignificance works for people in the work. Through the task significance, co-workers can benefits each other; this aspect reminds me about team-work. Though this podcast may not talk about team-work, it tells me that we can benefit from the task significance because of the improvement on team-work. In a word, task significance is very important and useful.

Xi Chen
Xi Chen (Student)
8 years ago

"Task Significance:Interview with Adam Grant" After i listened this interview,the difinition of task significance leave me an impression. He said that when people do a job that could give sombady profit, we could say that its task significance.Before i listened this interview, i think that the task signfinicance only means that the work is important for your job. Just like  you tried to product a stuff, if your job could increase the quality of your stuff, it is task signficance. Compared with Ada Grant's opinion, this opinion is only cared about the stuff, but the Ada Grant's opinion care more about people,in other words its people oriented.

vanessa perez
vanessa perez (Student)
8 years ago

The podcast on Task significance was very informative not only to business managers but also to other people that are not planning to focus on this career. He gives many examples on how task significance is important in the work place, and he also explains how managers only focus on the benefits of their employees but not the benefits the employees give to others.

Technical Remarks:

There wasn't any technical problems but if my professor wouldn't have given us instructions on how to find the podcast and tell us where the comment link was located it would have taken me so much time on finding the podcast.

Edward Takara
Edward Takara (Student)
8 years ago

I really enjoyed the podcast on task significance. It gives a valuable understanding on how to make everyone involved with the company a lot more satisfied with their role. Not only will the workers be happy and productive, this will result in an overall satisfaction with the customers or target audience. It is easy to just throw money and benefits, but the feeling of a greater good is often over looked and should be focused on much more because there are a lot of people who do certain jobs for the money but aren't happy. The way the view was presented, it seems this would be much more beneficial than other incentives.

Jinyuan Li
Jinyuan Li (Student)
8 years ago

After I listened the task significance podcast, I found it is very interesting and useful. Adam found that increasing task significance dramatically improved employee job performance. His research focus on job design, work motivation, and employee satisfy with their jobs and so on. The job design is the most important factor in an organization because it attracts many employees come to work. They will be motivated when they did the great contribution to the company. I totally agree with Adam Grant that task significance really play an important rule in a company.

Xiaohui Qian
Xiaohui Qian (Student)
8 years ago

 

"Task significance: Interview With Adam Grant" leaves important messages for every person who works under workforce. Basically, he mentions about how the task significance has positively affect and educate different people whom motivate themselves in order to improve their performance or contribute their efforts in helping others or coworker etc. On the one hand, as an employer, if he/she thinks his/her job not only benefits by getting paycheck, but also benefits to other people by doing his/her responsibly, he/she will work hard and feel happy to do the job. On the other hand, task significance is look like a mirror that reflects employees' valuable contribution which encouraged them doing better from their routine jobs and give them confidence and respectability. Task significance is one of an important construction in management plan.

 

Technical Remarks:

A very clearly audio.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 1 hour
Adaobi Onyeagocha
Adaobi Onyeagocha (Student)
8 years ago

From what I got out of listineng to the podcast the importance of Task significance is that it gives people motivation and the zeal of their work, according to Adam Grant's study, "when employees are more aware of their task significance their performance increases." However, his interventions are highly effective on subjects with "presidential values and conscientious." I think task significance is highly affective in almost any occupation and situation because it gives you a meaning to what you do and you become more passionate about your work instead of working only to pay the bills or because you have to.

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Alexander Chan
Alexander Chan (Student)
8 years ago

It was interesting to hear about motivation quantitatively.  My previous manager used these sorts of techniques to bring the group to life in trying times.  It is easy to lose sight of the objectives we set for ourselves but sometimes a reminder is all we need.

Johnson Tran
Johnson Tran (Student)
8 years ago

I felt that the podcast was very interesting. They could of went into more detail. However, I would suggest others to follow through their work and make sure that it is very significant. Overall, very interest but I won't listen to again. I felt that it dragged on too long.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 20 mins
Yingying Chen
Yingying Chen (Student)
8 years ago

I think Task Significance is a very useful theory to motivate people to improve their job performences. If we can directly meet with people who are benefit from our jobs, or we can hear or see some inspiring stories that happens because of our efforts, the working efficiency will be highly increased.

Truely, people tend to do the jobs that is self-interested and want to make biggest beneifts for themselves such as get more pay, promote to higher position and work less hours. However, human beings are also socialized. We require the feeling of self-satisfaction, and a feeling of being needed and demanded. If someday, some one stand in front of me and tell me that his/her life is changed because of my work, I will be proud of myself.

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yuqing Zhang
yuqing Zhang (Student)
8 years ago

Task signficance only affects certain jobs. It can only motivate certain types of people. This is why management have different managing theories for different types of jobs. The podcast is also a bit repetitive and very slow moving. The meat of the podcast could be summed up rather easily. Into a few simple points: many jobs can be improved with task signficance, task signficance can improve jobs because it motivates employees to work harder therefore turning higher earnings.

Jingyi Li
Jingyi Li (Student)
8 years ago

The podcast is interesting. I totally agree with Adam Grant which he mentions that task significance can motivate empolyees to work better. It is a good management method that manager can use to affect their empolyees. It gives workers a sense that they are helping people by working hardworks in a psychology way . It is a good idea that makes them to meet people they have helped. It will encourage their confidence and give them motivation to work better and more productive.

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Rina Sakoda
Rina Sakoda (Student)
8 years ago

Task significance is very interesting because it gives positive impacts on employee because it brings effective motivation and its impact on their performance. Also, it is important to know which people care about others and task significance motivate people to exercise any work with a positive action.

Yong Zhao Wang
Yong Zhao Wang (Student)
8 years ago

I thought the video was great, it was informative and easy to understand. I agree with what Adam has to say about Task Significance. It motivates workers to perform better on their job. Managers and employees should be more alert on having a high task significance during work because they will enjoy work more and feel satisifed helping others with their products. Therefore, task significance have a positive impact on people which is why it is highly recommended.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 mins
Fumiko Hanaoka
Fumiko Hanaoka (Student)
8 years ago

The podcast on Task Significance lays out some very important details that I believe can help the management team of any department or corporation better motivate their workers.  I agree that doing anything is much more rewarding when you know exactly how it is helping people.  Feedback is a very important part of communication; when you pour all of your effort into what seems to be a blackhole and get no feedback on how your work is helping others, it becomes harder to motivate yourself to excel in your job.

 

Seeing how one's work directly affects others makes everything more real and tangible--it allows the worker to appreciate the job and their own effort, and makes everything more worthwhile.

XiaoJian Guo
XiaoJian Guo (Student)
8 years ago

Adam Grant shows a very wonderful point of view which is helpful to improve the job performance. Undoubtfully, employers care about whether their efforts make a difference or not. Actually, most of them have no idea about how the products or services are after they have designed them.

Appropriate motivation make benefit for employers but it is not as useful as own positive action. People need to know that their work is dramaticly effective and valuable. No one will do anything unmeaningful. It is essential to enable the channel in which employers could well comunicate with customers and get timely feedback. This is so important for a employer to enhance his/her satisfaction and stimulate the his/her motivation keep good job and make positive reformation.

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if a live video has been designed, that would be wonderful

Tomo Kodama
Tomo Kodama (Student)
8 years ago

I think task significance affects workers' motivation a lot. As Adam said the most important thing for management is to share the information with workers even in other department to build up the relationship. That's how managers can motivate the workers. I also like his life guard case. Life guard is a job to oversee the safety of customers, not to rescue from the emergency. So, I think management skill is also important to support the workers daily activity instead of coping with urgent problem.

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Michael Conrad
Michael Conrad (Student)
8 years ago

The Adam Grant interview makes a lot of sense. People will take more pride in their jobs if they can actually see that it makes a difference. I think this touches on people's need to feel important and fulfilled. I also like the way that Adam researched many ways that companies use task significance to increase productivity. His evidence proves his point that people will work harder when they can actaully see the way thier efforts make a difference.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes
Cynthia Gonzalez-Rosales
8 years ago

I really enjoyed listening to this podcast. Task significance is really about the employee listening to and working with the people that are using their product. It seems like the employees who do use high task significance tend to enjoy their job even more because they can see how their job is helping the people who are using their product.

Gustavo Lezama
Gustavo Lezama (Student)
8 years ago

Task significance gives the employee the opportunity to become involved with the product and establish a particular relationship with the user.  Motivating employees can often be tough but if you apply the concept of recognizing  their progress and seeing how their work impacts othe people by benefiting the consumer employees began to enjoy their work and stay highly motivated.

Technical Remarks:

a recorded video of Adam Grant would be nice.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes
Wendy Cheung
Wendy Cheung (Student)
8 years ago

I enjoyed listening to this interview with Adam Grant because it shows how important task significance is. I found that having high task significance is something that managers need to be awared of because it will have an effect on both the employees and others. I like the idea of having high task significance because that would bring many positive feelings to both the employees and others. Employees will find their jobs more satisifying and meaningful, which are great gifts in return of their hard work and contributions. I personally believe that employees will be much more happier with their work, when they know that their work do make a difference in bringing positive impacts to others.

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John Barber
John Barber (Student)
8 years ago

Task significance is a simple but important concept. The more the employee is aware of the impact their work has on an individual or organization, the more motivated they are to work.

Adam Grant, in this interview, explains his research on task significance and it's impact on an organization.

For example, jobs with higher task significance have a lower turnover rate than those with low task signifance.

Reiner Gunawan
Reiner Gunawan (Student)
8 years ago

Task significance is definitely an important role in motivating workers to perform better. I've had a chance to work with a nonprofit organization back home that accepted donations for less fortunate children. I saw that by meeting with the children that they’ve helped, the volunteers became more motivated to spend more time and effort into promoting their causes.

Vanessa Yee
Vanessa Yee (Student)
8 years ago

"Task Significance: An Interview with Adam Grant"

Task significance benefits and gives positive impact to other people. Jobs that make others feel happier from helping coworkers to guests. Even though these employees don’t directly interact with their guests, they are still impacting their customers greatly. I agree that it’s important for the employees to be highly motivated and be more productive to do their jobs. Higher task significance brings happier employees so that they can see that their work have high impacts.

Highly enjoyed this podcast!

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Lin Bocash
Lin Bocash (Student)
8 years ago

While task significance is something that would be easy to measure in professions such as firefighters or Doctors, who immediatly see the effect of their efforts, it is easy to understand how, as Adam points out, employees who do not get to see proof of how their work benefits end users would lose sight of the importance of their work. The idea of implementing a sort of reward system that would in some form introduce the employees to the end user who benefits from their works is a great one, and one that would surely help stimulate productivity in people who were otherwise losing sight of its significance.

 

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Jamie Edwards
Jamie Edwards (Student)
8 years ago

I think that task significance is extremely important. I think seeing and hearing how your work makes a difference in peoples lives can be very rewarding. Also like Adam Grant said about the cold callers who constantly get hung up on and yelled at, if you job doesn’t seem to make an impact, it can be very disheartening. Even though ones work might not change the world, it is still important. I believe that it is manager’s jobs to keep their employees motivated by showing them the overall picture.

Technical Remarks:

I am more of a visual learner rather than audio.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 min
Yi Zhang
Yi Zhang (Student)
8 years ago

The research conducted by Adam Grant's makes me realize something that I never thought of before and I agree with what this research indicates. The research is about dramatic effect of task significance on job performance which is very interesting. He talks about motivation of employees would be promoted when they have a chance to get known about how their work makes a difference in people’ life and how many benefits they offer people. The opportunity makes employees feel that they not only just do a piece of work, but also make a contribution to people

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Zhi He Huang
Zhi He Huang (Student)
8 years ago

Task significance is the degree to which a job has a substantial impact on the employees or the work environment. It reveals that satisfaction ratings of the employees’ engagement are determined by perceived benefits and identification. Making a significant contribution to an organization may foster a sense of purpose and meaning. Greater perceived meaningfulness of work will be found to be associated with greater task significance.

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Time spent reviewing site: 20 mins
rachel sharma
rachel sharma (Student)
8 years ago

The podcast for Task significance was interesting to listen to. I love the idea of working of for the better of others. Helping others as you work. That was truly inspiring to listen to, and it makes you think about your working environment and behaviors. The concept is great and was explained well in the interview.

Technical Remarks:

It was a bit lengthy for me because I am a visual learner and an audio only podcast lost my attention here and there.

Time spent reviewing site: 2 hours
Jeana Rose
Jeana Rose (Student)
8 years ago

This comment is for "Task Singificance: An Interview with Adam Grant".

This was an interesting yet simple concept that was described.  Having worked in a marketing organization, it was interesting to see that many of the tasks we were asked to perform may not have been entirely customer focused per se.  The customer interviews may actually have been at least dual-purposed: for to increase customer satisfaction but possibly to increase employee productivity (and job satisfaction) at the same time.

The interventions that were mentioned were simple yet seemingly effective methods of not only obtaining information but also providing motivation to the benefit of the customer as well as the end user, in the long run (better engineered products, more user friendly user experiences, etc).

The notion of task significance seems to be a more narrowly focused relative of social responsibility.  Task significance is the positive impact on the well-being of others or that benefits others.

Social responsibility is trying to ensure that what is done benefits more than just the doer.  As a previous member of the hi tech sector, it was very easy to become lost in the shuffle of the hordes of workers in the Silicon Valley chasing the almighty dollar.  WIthout task significance, employees are simply sheep following the one in front of them.

I can understand how those that work in the jobs/industries that are less than desirable can feel invisible quite easily.  In fact, even in the most seemingly glamorous careers, unless the task significance is made evident, burnout is inevitable.

It was indeed gratifying to meet with my customers, partners and colleagues not only to swap war stories but to share best practices.  The sense of gratification of a job well-done (from the eyes of the end user) was indeed priceless.

The only other thing that I found surprising was how young Mr. Grant looks in his photo!

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There was a word that I couldnt quite understand. When talking about 2 types of personalities that would benefit from interventions metioned, conscienciousness and ____ processural (sp?) values.  Not exactly sure what that word was.

Rui Wen
Rui Wen (Student)
8 years ago
That is interesting. For Task Significance I would say that high level of motivation. Organization usual motivate employee by fulfilling their need in different category including physiological need, safety and security needs, affiliation needs, esteem needs and self-actualization needs.Task significance seem can not fit in any category above; however, it works as good as any category above in totally different way. The usual needs only involve employer and employer. In term of task significance, that get the three party involved such as your client, your customer... In result, it benefit all the party involving. No matter of you are a employer or employee, you should take a moment to listen to this podcast.
Natasha Elfving
Natasha Elfving (Student)
8 years ago
After listening to this podcast, I found it to be very true, and interesting. I completely agree that when people in the work place are aware of the help they are contributing, it causes them to perform better. It makes them want to help more people. Subconsciously I knew that task significance existed, but after hearing him speak more about it, I came to realize how much it really can affect the average person. I was especially interested in the examples that he gave on medial researchers. How much time and effort they put into medicine and finding cures. They never get to meet the lives they are saving. I really appreciate the research Adam has done because I really think he was successful in it. As far as the workers meeting the people they are helping, I think that it is quite a stretch, but it is possible and he was able to do it with some already.
Bi Liu
Bi Liu (Student)
8 years ago
This podcast really inspired me. It was so interesting. The Task Significance have positive impact on people. It not only let managers satisfied with workers but also make them more productive!! As we see in the podcast, the bottom line for manager is that they should try give job benefit to others which looks reasonable. The Task Significance refers to provide an opportunity to people and let them to make difference. This sounds good. This is an useful method for managers.At least, i learned a lot from this podcast. Highly recommended..
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Erica Lum
Erica Lum (Student)
8 years ago
I think it is very hard to get a chance to meet the people you have changed the life of. Such as Auto mechanics, how do they even get to know the people? They're so busy most of the time, they wont have time to know the customers. Also, it is not often that the mechanics see the same customers all the time. I believe task significance relates more to restaurants and hospitality related jobs. But more of office jobs like the callers who call to fund raise money for scholars, is where task significance lacks.
Bruce Li
Bruce Li (Student)
8 years ago
Based on Mr. Grants interview I realized that task significance is actually really important. Most times people don't see the customers buying or using the product that a person could have helped make or produce. It is great so see that Mr. Grant has given kids the opportunity to meet with the successor that have donated to give the kids scholarship. It gives the kids the chance to thank the person without needing to write a letter and it also gives the other person a chance to meet the individual that he is helping out.
Michael Benton
Michael Benton (Student)
8 years ago
I believe everything that Adam Grant's research suggests. His talk about the dramatic effect of task significance on job performance is really interesting and shows that even being a telephone solicitor can be beneficial. Showing those doing the tasks at hand what the benefit to the recipients is pure genius. I also believe that motivation keeps the job interesting and prevents it from boring repetition.
Used in course? Yes
Eileen Wong
Eileen Wong (Student)
8 years ago
I am working in the airline industry, which is an Asian carrier. Our office has received a grade A+ report today for the best performance in the first half of the year. We have 11 sales offices in the United States and San Francisco has the best grade. For our office receiving such a high evaluation, task significance does definitely increase job performance. We only have 5 people in the office and we all have a very good relationship. We help each other all the times, share the work and no complaints. Our goal is to reach our targeted quota every quarter and has the work done. However, I want to point out that task significance may work better within a department or a division. It's easier to control with less people.
wen huang
wen huang (Student)
8 years ago
I really enjoyed the podcast on this task and I believe that material presented was pretty informative. The pocast is beneficial ot the workplace and the material was really easy to follow. Also, The interviewer's voice is clear and fluently. Talk a lot of details to make people understand well. I would recomend this website to other students who have relevant class work.

Technical Remarks:

I experienced no technical problems while using the site. The podcast uploaded immediately and played with ease. The audio is good and clear enough.
Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: I spent about one hour and half
Rachel Green
Rachel Green (Student)
8 years ago
I though that the material presented was extremely informative. I had never heard of "task significance" until listening to this podcast and I now feel like I have a great grasp on what it is and why it is beneficial to the workplace. The examples used were interesting and the speaker gave a perfect amount of information. This material directly relates to the class (MGMT 405) and definitely enhanced my learning experience. I would enjoy and benefit from more podcasts from this site.

Technical Remarks:

I experienced no technical problems while using the site. The podcast uploaded immediately and played with ease.
Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: I have not spent a great amount of time on the site before reviewing this material. This was the first podcast I have listened to and it was for a class assignment, but I would definitely listen to more podcasts from this site in the future.
Cui Xia Li
Cui Xia Li (Student)
8 years ago
According to Adam Grant, the workers often fail to live up to their potential because they’ve lost track of the significance and meaningfulness of their own jobs. He figured that if he could remind employees of why their jobs are important, they might become more highly motivated, and therefore, more productive individuals. I think it is very important in today business world that leaders and managers can keep its employees motivated and more involved with their day to day operation.

Technical Remarks:

The audio presentation was really good, no difficulty at all in listening.
Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes
Marissa Hawkins
Marissa Hawkins (Student)
8 years ago
The podcast with Adam Grant was done very well. It was easy to follow and understand. I have worked at a few jobs where I have been able to see the benefits of task significance. I have worked for a couple of non-profit organizations doing direct service work and task significance was one of those things that was highly recognized and valued.

Technical Remarks:

There were no technical difficulties
Time spent reviewing site: 35 minutes
Christopher Chew
Christopher Chew (Student)
8 years ago
This podcast was really insightful and brought up a lot of the concepts that I've often wondered about in my internships and part time jobs. Believing that the work you do, as mundane as it may seem, has an impact to society or even to individuals boosts one's morale and dedication in the work they do. But not receiving any recognition or feedback from their work is quite demoralizing and can outweigh the amount of good that exists.
Used in course? Yes
Ping-Hsieh Chen
Ping-Hsieh Chen (Student)
8 years ago
The audio of Task significance is great, very informative and clear. The reporter's questions are helpful, very professional. The interviewer's voice is clear and fluently. Talk a lot of details to make people understand well. I totally agree his points, a person's job affets other people. The point makes me have more motivation on my job even the part-time one.

Technical Remarks:

I think the audio is good and clear enough!
Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: I spent about 30 mins.
Tianzong GUAN
Tianzong GUAN (Student)
8 years ago
By listening to the Podcast “Task Significance with Adam Grant,” I understood that when employees had knowledge of “Task Significance”, they created more productivities and jobs efficiency. Their motivation may get higher when they get know more about how important their work was or how much benefit they made for people. It seemed that people might discover their goal and have more willing power with their job as if they feel that they are helping people while they work. It was really great to listen to this Podcast.

Technical Remarks:

A comment for Under New Management
Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 1 hour
Caitlin Miller
Caitlin Miller (Student)
8 years ago
I completely agree with what Adam has to say about Task Signifigance. When you know how important your job is and how it affects others directly, it will encourage one to work harder and become more motivated. I think his research paper is extremeley interesting and it really pushes the important factors that will make our lives and jobs more interesting and fun. I too was a lifeguard for 3 years and also found my job tedious and extremely boring. If I had read those stories, it would have helped my shifts go by much quicker and more alert. I fuly agree with his thoughts on task signifigance.
Used in course? Yes
talha sohail
talha sohail (Student)
8 years ago
I really enjoyed this podcast on task significance. The one on one interview really kept me interested throughout. The material was really easy to follow and searching formdifferent podcasts was very easy. I would really reccomend this website to other students who have relevant class work.

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I would really like to see a video instead of just staring onto a blank screen because it can get a little boring. I am more ofma visual person and to others like me a video wod really enhance my learning. The layout of the website was very user friendly and it was very easy to use and find all the different podcasts. The technical layout was remarkable.
Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 35 minutes
MIN ZHEN CHEN
MIN ZHEN CHEN (Student)
8 years ago
Mark Adam clearly introduces and explains the importance of task significance. If employees have high task significance, they are willing to help others,tend to be more productive, more satisfied and motivated with their jobs.They have positive impact on others.
Used in course? Yes
Kasi Pippens
Kasi Pippens (Student)
8 years ago
I totally agree with this author, have had a similar experience. Motivation, positive feedback definitely increases the way you work. I worked at a place where you would do something and there was no point to it. I felt not necessarily worthless, but close to it....there was no purpose. You need purpose in a workplace to help you do better with you job.
Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 20mins
Pauline Grissom
Pauline Grissom (Student)
8 years ago
This material was very helpful because the author clearly illustrates the relationship between task significance and motivation by using tangible examples. I agree with the author that if you get to meet people who benefit from your work,your performance will increase and you will feel more motivated.

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Was easy to use, although I had to scroll down to look for the task significance podcast as the list of podcast is not alphabetical.
Time spent reviewing site: 10 minutes
Robert Mendoza, Jr.
8 years ago
I must admit, this is the first time that I have ever heard of "Task Significance." But, after listening to this podcast, I find Adam Grant's research and findings on the concept extremely understandable and relatable. The more and more that I think about it, our work and the way it benefits other individuals really does have a significant impact on our own job performance and satisfaction. Sure, while there may be other ways to achieve this like offering high salaries and/or lavish benefits and perks, at the end of the day, I believe that task significance is what’s really going to motivate employees. To me, it’s incredibly fascinating to see how a concept as simple yet revolutionary as this could change the entire workforce’s perspective for the better. I truly recommend others to take a listen to this podcast; while it’s 17 minutes, you won’t regret it.
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Stephen Jones
Stephen Jones (Student)
8 years ago
The research Adam Grant provides on task significance is incredibly eye-opening. The fact that these workers, especially the fundraising callers, were able to increase their performance so much by simply having some interaction with those affected by their work provides a key to increased and sustained motivation.
Used in course? Yes
Jinghan Yu
Jinghan Yu (Student)
8 years ago
I strongly recommend this podcast. Mark Adam clearly introduces and explains the importance of task significance. I can connect myself with the relationship between task significance and motivation. Personally, I will certainly lose motivation on a job/project without seeing the outcomes, which is pretty similar to losing will to study for an exam when you don't find out how well you score. The satisfaction of completing a task is significant to the motivation to complete a task.
James Brownson
James Brownson (Student)
8 years ago
I enjoyed learning term for the attribute of a job which the grants most employees more job satisfaction: Task Significance. This makes sense from my communications training vantage point. Take for example this parallel: when the source of a message is delivering that message to a recipient, they are simultaneously scanning the recipient for cues that signify they are receiving the message: feedback. If a worker is performing work, without receiving feedback from the people they affect (customers, team mates, the organization as a whole, etc.) they are being robbed of the confirmation of a job-well-done; they are essentially working in a vacuum. Most would argue that one would gain little job satisfaction if they did not receive feedback telling them they are making a difference. There was a magazine article I read somewhere about an experiment conducted where workers were given forms to fill out and deliver to a person playing the role of their superior. Upon receiving the forms, the superior nodded affirmatively, did nothing, or shredded the form in plain sight of the worker. This reminds me of a basic experiment in Task Significance. The first population of workers during the experiment would be expected to gain more job satisfaction than the other two groups, and so it was.
Time spent reviewing site: 20+ min or so.
Sherry Lau
Sherry Lau (Student)
8 years ago
I recommend this podcast where the host interviews Adam Grant. How he connected task significance with being a swimming pool lifeguard was pretty funny. He explains why task significance is essential to connecting employees with the the people who use their work.
Michelle Luse
Michelle Luse (Student)
8 years ago
After listening to the podcast on Task Significance on Job performance it helped me to better understand how motivation is the driving force when working. Being given the opportunity to do work that creates a positive impact on others helps to produce a satisfied and meaningful working experience. It is important for these workers to see the benefit and happiness that comes from their hard work, because this promotes better performance. If an individual does not see/hear about the effects of their work they may begin to lose the motivation and lack the discipline to want to make a difference. When we see that the work we create helps someone else, it makes us strive to continue to do better.
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Deidra Alexander
Deidra Alexander (Student)
8 years ago
The Podcast on "Task Significance" by Mark Adam was great, and helped me understand why in the past I haven't been motivated on the job. What happens is people often fall into routine of performance a task to the point where is become automatic and doesn't require much effort or thought. When managers get creative and focus more on finding out what motivates employees, instead of just focusing on production or maximizing profits. Taking that extra step and implementing simple techniques, such as helping employees discover how they impact others. This is gratifying, plus is helps people feel appreciated by the customers, as well as management. It was incredible to learn about the effect of several experiments completed which proved that job performance improved once employees were able to read inspiring stories, and meet people face to face whom their work helped. The task management had a great effect on simple small companies such as life guards, as well as large high tech corporations like Microsoft. Also there was a better connection between management, employees, and customers which made a much happier work enviornment.
narina maranyan
narina maranyan (Student)
8 years ago
The podcast on the " Task Significance" was very interesting and had a lot of great information in it. I agree that it's very important for all workers to know that their work does make a difference and that it does matter. I think that all management should highlight to their employees how their work is going to benefit others because that will motivate workers. The examples that Adam Grant introduced were very helpful and proved that highlighting task significance does make a difference.
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Xibai Xu
Xibai Xu (Student)
8 years ago
Interesting point. Management staff should let employees to know their task significance in order to motivate them and increase their productivity. Before listening to this audio, I never know an employee's knowledge of other people's dependence on the work he is doing makes such a big difference.
miguel perez
miguel perez (Student)
8 years ago
the advice given on this podcast is very interesting. i agree that when an employee sees how big of an impact he/she has from doing thier jobs they will work harder. i will take this advice and apply it to any future management decisions that relate to task significance.
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Kevin Wong
Kevin Wong (Student)
8 years ago
A very interesting view on how task significance relates to increased productivity and morale on employees onto a company. The speakers uses good examples showing how the use of positive reinforcement helps employees see the work they do helps the company overall. Giving a sense of accomplishment and aligning it with the company's plan more often than not will help tremendously in the long run.
Used in course? Yes
sam ferrat
sam ferrat (Student)
8 years ago
Great material from the research conducted by Adam Grant. Many times as managers we may not be aware of these "minor" factors that do make a big difference for the organization. The audio gave me a new perspective towards motivating employees and being aware of the task difference.

Technical Remarks:

Somewhat low audio/volume recording.
Used in course? Yes
Christian Pascual
Christian Pascual (Student)
8 years ago
This is a great interview and something all of us need to be reminded of every once in a while. Usually at the start of our new careers, we are extremely motivated to get the job done in hope of making others proud. But as the stressors compound through the months/years, we forget what it is we are actually there to do and instead, focus on the daily grind of getting through the day. If we are not in direct contact with those whose lives we affect it is very tough to feel accomplished or even happy about the work we do. Thank you for reminding me who it is I really work for.
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Michelle Chan
Michelle Chan (Student)
8 years ago
This is a great insight in the value of one's job. If one does not feel like they are making an impact in the job they are doing, that could make one have no goal in their career and not work as hard. Sometimes a simple "thank you" goes a long way because it's great to feel appreciated.
Used in course? Yes
Margarita Guevara
Margarita Guevara (Student)
8 years ago
Task Significance- Adam Grant: I've never worked in a high task significance. i've mostly worked in an office: import wine company, meats company, and motorcycle shop. I don't think I have done anything that has benefit others. Well I guess the one thing I do at the motorcycle shop is when I do the DMV paperwork for our customers. No one likes to deal with the DMV and customers have said thank you to me when they get their registration fast.
Katherine Poon
Katherine Poon (Student)
8 years ago
After listening to the pod cast from Adam Grant, I agree strongly with him. Your actions and work ethic strongly affect the people around you. The importance of task significance is the impact of one's work on others. Some people desire to feel that they are making a significant contribution to the organization by performing well. I think this theory motivates you when a purpose is given.
Clarence Tse
Clarence Tse (Student)
8 years ago
Any company working task force is like a pyramid. The higher position you are in, the more people you need to help you out. At the base of the pyramid are the workers/laborers. Then in the middle, you have the supervisors and managers. Even managers have different ranks (e.g. shop managers, district managers). Then at the very top, you the CEO. The person who makes important decisions for the company base on the result and data given by the people below him. As you can see, it is everybody's responsibility to look over the people below them. Because the results they receive, are crucial information for the next rank up. In order to have a successful company, the company have to be well organize and discipline.
Ahmed Alsulaiman
Ahmed Alsulaiman (Student)
8 years ago
I think that if all organizations have adopted the task significant, especially with those staff who do not have direct interaction with customers, the results will be amazing.

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It was easy to use the material.
Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes
Steve Gonzales
Steve Gonzales (Student)
8 years ago
The idea of task signifigance is close to home for me. I am a mentor for a community college outreach program. Since I meet with my students on a weekly basis I dont experience the diminishing effect that was described. The contact I have in the mentoring that I do provided a connection to my efforts and impact I have in activity that benefits people.

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The site is fairly user friendly
Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: Off and on for about an hours
CHRISTINE HENDRICKS
8 years ago
I just finished listening to Adam Grant's podcast on "Task Significance." I thought within the short interview time, the importance of task significance was explained creatively and very thoroughly. I reflected on my own personal job experience, and how my managers always influence me to do more than expected without actually telling me that. I know that the tasks that I carry out on a daily basis are important because of the type of reports I am creating and sending out. Based on the management that I send my finished work to, I know that the information I provide is going to benefit overall to help upper management make important decisions. I know that if I were a manager, I would definitely encourage my staff to see how their work impacts others, and how important the tasks they accomplish are. For example, Adam Grant mentioned Medtronic, and how they brought engineers into hospitals to see what their work actually does for patients. I currently work in a hospital, and in one department I used to work in, we had Medtronic employees come in weekly for medtronic device-specific patient cases to see what their equipment is used for and how it can be improved. I completely agree with Adam grant about connecting those two lines of communication and work together to produce a highter outcome of work productivity. I believe that once someone knows why their jobs and tasks are important, they will strive to achieve higher results. Because of that type of theory at my own job, I know that I aim to achieve more than what is asked of me.
Used in course? Yes
NAI SAEPHANH
NAI SAEPHANH (Student)
8 years ago
Working in retail takes a toll on a person when customers are constantly nagging at the cashier over everything. I am usually that cashier that gets yelled at when a product is not on the shelf, or when there is a wrong sales tag on an item. For this reason, the working conditions had made me lack in my work efforts because I feel that customers will always have something to complain about. In response to customer attitudes, Adam Grant’s “task significance” may be the balance of power that employees or the foot soldiers of these retail chains need to better view customer complaints. In illustration, if regular employees were given the simple sense of importance, there would simply be an immediate result of these acknowledgements.
Daniel Jacobson
Daniel Jacobson (Student)
8 years ago
I listened to Adam Grant's Podcast on task significance. I really enjoyed the idea and have found that what he said is totally applicable. it is so personally rewarding for some one to see how their work can affect some one else. When you have lots of people depending on your work, you try to do a little better. I work at a coffee shop and find it rewarding providing my customers with the best drinks i can make. i want everyone to enjoy what i am doing and want me work ethic to come through in the quality of my goods. I have a lot of customers who are responsive to me work and it makes me want to keep it up. When it comes time for a bi annual review, I know I will do well because other people tell me. The task significane in me work make me want to try extra hard even though i am just making lattes..

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fast loading. good sound quality
Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes
xiaotang pan
xiaotang pan (Student)
8 years ago
A significant point that Adam Grant explains is how powerful if people realize tasks that they've performed that positively benefit and impact others although they may not directly communicate customers or consumers. Also Adam gives his live experiences that explain more how task significance positive affects motivation and productivity. I believe it is good to know how important for each one to realize his or her job that greatly impacts others within the organization although it is a very minor task. It will educate people, build relationship or make others feel good.

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capable for MP3, easy download, and content is useful
Time spent reviewing site: half an hour
Haruka Motomura
Haruka Motomura (Student)
8 years ago
I found out that the term "task significance" is important for both the worker and the end-user. For example, a person who is developing the brakes for my car may feel bored if he does the same job everyday without seeing the results. He may not see his result and he will be tired of his job because he usually does not communicate with customers or receive feedback. However, if he can get some feedback or recognition from customers or users, he can feel that his job is helping people, and he is satisfied with his job. It leads to increase both his motivation and performance. Thus, I think task significance is really important.
Tetyana Zadorognuk
Tetyana Zadorognuk (Student)
8 years ago
I think Task Significance introduced by Adam Grant is a great way to motivate employees and increase their effectiveness. We have probably all been in a situation at work when it seems like nobody cares about the results of our work. A friend of mine used to be in a military; he was wearing a uniform in a regular fast food restaurant when a stranger approached him and thanked him for the service to the country. My friend was very touched, as it helped him to realize that his job matters to others. Therefore, I think managers should utilize Task Significance technique.
Daniel Guerrero
Daniel Guerrero (Student)
8 years ago
The podcast was very informative and eye-opening. It provided me various ways in which I can engage my employees and motivate them to do better each and every day. I am in healthcare and the need to motivate staff through task significance will be very helpful. After all we are in possibly the most important business that exists ,providing a clean and healthy, soothing environment in which patients can heal and feel better.
Casey Peacock
Casey Peacock (Student)
8 years ago
Adam Grant interview on Task Significance- Interesting topic. I have always said that no matter what I do I would hope to make a difference in what I'm doing. Many people get up every day and go to work and do something that doesn't really make a real difference in the world. I hope that i am able to acheive that in my future career. Anyway, I also find it interesting that people that do have jobs that are of great significance and really make a difference can get to the point to where they are so disconnected that they lose their motivation. Medical researchers...journalists...authors...all good examples.
Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes
Donna Chui
Donna Chui (Student)
8 years ago
I listened a interview about "task significance" by Mark Adam today. He claims that Task Significant is an opportunity to bring positive impact of well being to other people. It makes an individual feel good about what he is doing, and willing to make contributions. Task Significant helps build relationship among customers, co-workers, supervisors in many ways. It gives motivation to employees to better performance when the employee realized themselves can help others. I like the example Adam provided in the interview, an university call center who raise fund for scholarship. The callers have an important mission and they can help lots of people. But before they realized their importance, the callers quit every 2 months because their pressure when people rejected their calls. But after they have direct contact with the students who benefit from the fund they raised. They become more motivated and more productive.
Kali Chow
Kali Chow (Student)
8 years ago
This information is very interesting and very useful to know about. I would have never know about task significance if I have not listen to this podcast. What Adam Grant points out in this is very useful for everybody. The place I work, a lot of workers are like that too. We lose motivation because a lot of us have been there doing the same thing for such a long time. I want my manager to know about this task significance too because it is important to keep the workers motivated so they can perform better at work.
Used in course? Yes
chris koo
chris koo (Student)
8 years ago
I found the podcast very interesting when Adam explained how task significance can improve an employee and make more efficient at their job. By letting the employee meet the customer that has been saved or uses the product helps them everyday life. Knowing that a person can go to their job and feel happier by his/her work efforts that will affect other people lives. Also the employees can relate to the saved lives from their related work field and that reinforces the employee of what their capable of saving peoples live or making life easier. This is what I found interesting about the pod cast.
Used in course? Yes
Nader Armanios
Nader Armanios (Student)
8 years ago
its good, it has some good points especially about the study on motivation and task significance. I liked how people got to meet others they are helping! It is great to feel and touch something you changed. Also, the second study seems very interesting,in terms of how your view on your work can change by showing them how it can be very important and crucial to others at times.
Used in course? Yes
yue bao
yue bao (Student)
8 years ago
I think that the podcast on task significance with Adam Grant was very intresting since i haven't hear about this term before. And this is important at today's workplace for job higher performance. This is not only important for Organization, but also for individual worker to get a sign of positive perspective, and motivation. I think if people can have a chance to do jobs that they intrested in, they are more motive and feel passion about the job, and even feel positive about themself.
Kyle Roberts
Kyle Roberts (Student)
8 years ago
I had never heard the term task significance before this podcast, but I think that it is an interesting concept. I found the studies that Adam Grant conducted to be very interesting and informative about the importance of task significance. I think the correlation between task significance and overall employee performance is something that managers should focus on. I agree that if people in general can see a benefit in the tasks that they perform, then they are more likely to perform them well. Providing employees with a chance to see the benefit of their work is a good way to increase productivity and happiness. As Adam explained, he found that most employees want to help people in one way or another so allowing employees the chance to witness their task significance is a step in increasing productivity. Overall I found this podcast to be very informative on the subject of task significance and would recommend it.
Cheryl Yu
Cheryl Yu (Student)
8 years ago
I thought this was a really interesting podcast, I agree with everything Adam Grant had to say. If people realize the importance of task significance, employees will be much more motivated to do well and perform better at work, which helps to benefit others as well as themselves. It also helps people become more reliable and dependable, and the turnover rate becomes much smaller. There are a lot of simple ways to show employees the importance of task significance of their work: connecting the employees with the people who benefit from their work, simply sharing stories of the impact of their work, and creating forums for employees to talk about the importance of task significance. A lot of people become unmotivated in their jobs simply due to self interests and repetition of the same tasks everyday, but I believe that if they are able to realize that their work benefits others, they become much more in tune and motivated to perform well.
Used in course? Yes
Masumi Kudo
Masumi Kudo (Student)
8 years ago
I like this podcast because it is very helpful to know how task significance is important in workplace. I totally agree with their ideas. Task significance is especially important for individual culture to care of and help co workers because it motivates them and increase productivity. It also would be benefical for companies result of it to develop their own companies.
Used in course? Yes
Ryan Carlos
Ryan Carlos (Student)
8 years ago
This was a great podcast on task significance. While I am at work, I often lose hind sight of the tasks I'm supposed to be doing at work. I guess it comes down to motivation. As long as you stay motivated, you can keep up with your tasks and also know the significance of your work.
Fabian Enriquez
Fabian Enriquez (Student)
8 years ago
I agree completely with Adam Grant on how employees if they are more informed or recognize task significance it is beneficial for them, costumer and company as they are motivated and work harder. Also, how it plays an important role in the performance of employees and the company they serve.
Used in course? Yes
Jessica Jew
Jessica Jew (Student)
8 years ago
I think that the podcast on task significance with Adam Grant was very informing. I agree with his insight on how employees tend to lack task significance in their workforce. I think task significance is important in order for employees to enjoy their job and be motivated. This video has made me think about my own task significance in my workplace. I believe that managers do try to make their employees more motivated to work and enjoy their jobs, but in the end, there are times when it doesn't work as they would like.
Used in course? Yes
Matthew Mondfrans
Matthew Mondfrans (Student)
8 years ago
Employees recognizing their task significance is very beneficial to a company and the consumers. Task significance motivates the employee to work harder and pay more attention to detail, knowing that it will be extremely important to the consumer and can even be life saving. An example of this is auto technicians fixing a car's brakes. The driver of the car might be thinking he or she is only getting the brakes fixed to get rid of the squealing noise, however the technician knows that bad brakes can cause an accident. If the driver met with the technician and was fully explained the importance of fixing the brakes the driver will probably be more thankful thus increasing the technicians motivation and attention to detail the next time he works on a car. Another good way for workers to realize their task significance is to put up stories around the work place; showcasing the effect of the employees work. This would be a good way to read what their work does for consumers; how it helps them.
Used in course? Yes
Maka Nicole Shoptoshvili
8 years ago
High task significance on job performance is extremely important because it motivates the workers to do more knowing that they can see that it is positively affecting others and making a difference. Instead of performing monotonous tasks it is more important and has higher effects on people’s jobs when they have face to face contact and as a result they feel that their work is actually making a difference and having a positive impact on other people.
Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes
Maria Manalo
Maria Manalo (Student)
8 years ago
Task significance is a very important part of an individuals perspective on the tasks that they do on a daily basis, whether it is a part time job, career, or just a volunteer basis. I agree with Adam Grant that individuals are majority of the time motivated by self interest, but there is the small part of wanting to be apart of something or wanting to know if they benefiting others besides themselves. I work at a restaurant as an assistant manager and our training and expectations from our employees are tedious and constantly drilled on a daily basis that the point of it all gets lost after a while, which creates high turnover at our restaurant. In my experience I do acknowledge that implementing task significance motivates employees to work harder and they appreciate their job more after I have spoken to them of how important their part in the restaurant is. Adam Grant's observation on task significance is very important in every company, but it is not put on the top of the list for most management teams to implement with employees, which in turn causes high turnover rates, inefficiency, and more money in the end. Even with management teams need to be reminded how important it is to recognize task significance. One other thing I must point out is that Adam Grant might want to look into how task significance is delivered because in my experience reviews can be looked at as a way to implement task significance but if it is not delivered in a genuine way or a way that an individual will find passionate it defeats the purpose of it all.
Used in course? Yes
Ashlee Austin-Bean
Ashlee Austin-Bean (Student)
8 years ago
I was very interested in the topic of high task signifigance. I agree that there are many jobs that deal with the benefits of others and also customers and the employers often lose sight of the significance because they dont get to see the other side of the results. Sadly its seems to be a common theme in the workforce today.
adrian adrineda
adrian adrineda (Student)
8 years ago
Task significance adds a higher degree of connection to your work and also contributes motivation. In turn the likely hood the goods or service will provide more quality for the work put in. I find that companies that rely heavily on the quality of their products should implement this aspect to their workers. Years of bureaucratic structures have built this way of business but now innovative companies such as google who implement this type of workplace is hailed and copied in this new century.
MIGUEL TOVAR
MIGUEL TOVAR (Student)
8 years ago
I believe this is a interesting topic, and its important because it helps motivate people and make employees realize how important their job is and how it help others. I also believe some companies should use this techniques as Volvo for example who passed comments from one department to another. Or as the other life guards who work extra 3 hours for the following 6 months. finally i believe motivate employee it helps your company reducing the amount of employees quiting and happier employees.
Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 20 Minutes
Majabeen Samadi
Majabeen Samadi (Student)
8 years ago
I found this Podcast to be very helpful in regards to connecting classroom material to the real world. The audio did not take much time to start and was very clear. Listening to this Podcast, I learned the importance of keeping workers in contact with the everyday people they impact. I was amazed at how much this increases employee motivation. Letting employees know that they make a difference gives them the motivation to perform their jobs even better. Task significance is essential because it helps prevent employees from quitting their jobs as mentioned in Adam Grant's study. The interview was very informative and had interesting points. Overall, I found this Podcast to be very insightful.

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Only minor problem. The Podcast froze a couple of seconds in the middle of the recording.
Time spent reviewing site: I spent 10 minutes reviewing the site. Site is user friendly.
zhengye cui
zhengye cui (Student)
8 years ago
Task significant: it means a piece of work is important to other people, either inside or outside the organization. Employee will be more productive if they know the work they are doing right now is important or it brings benefit to others. Adam Grant did 2 groups of experiences. One of the experience is that employee from university fund calling centre meet scholarship students, thus they know the work they are doing now does matter to other people. Not surprisingly, they are more productive and raise more funds.
Bilal Maqsood
Bilal Maqsood (Student)
8 years ago
I found this very interesting because now days people just care about their work only not co workers. Bringing new ideas are well help to bring changes. Example given in the Podcast are daily life example. We take our car to the dealership oil change but we never get chance to meet tech we just deal with the dealer and pick our car from the deal when ready. I think it should other way around we should be able to see tech so we can have better picture of what exactly tech did to the car and provide more details
Time spent reviewing site: 7 minutes
Ibraheem Mohammed
Ibraheem Mohammed (Student)
8 years ago
I think Adam Grant is wonderful explaing Task significance and how doing your job correctly can benefit everyone elese. I think all jobs are tast significance, especially if your an ethical employee, you can help , not just yourself and other people, but the entire stakeholders
Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 20 mins
jianfeng huang
jianfeng huang (Student)
8 years ago
In general, task significance is defined as extend to which an identifiable piece of work affects others. An employee's knowledge of other people's dependence on his/her work is an important factor in his/her work satisfaction. Particularly, the importance of acknowledging task significance is to help employees boost motivation and morale. Adam Grant's conversation about the task significance demonstrates its importance. First, job satisfaction raises employee's motivation and morale. One of task significance is the job satisfaction that is contentment arising out of interplay of employee's positive feelings toward the work. For instance, Adam Grant tells about a story that the auto workers bring joy to the drives and passengers by producing vehicles for their use. Because of the robotic procedures, the auto workers perform the same job again and again, resulting that they feel bored and lack of motivation. As long as the users of the vehicles share happiness with the workers who make those vehicles, the worker's motivation is raised. Therefore, the workers are motivated by job satisfaction. Lastly, recognizing task significance is also help employees boost motivation and morale. For instance, Adam Grant tells an example about the duty of a lifeguard. Even thought there are few people drowning while they swim in a swimming pool, the duty of the lifeguard is important. The lifeguard's duty to watching people swimming can be boring. Keeping the lifeguard to stay alert and motivated through the duty time becomes problematic. Letting the lifeguard understand the importance of the task significance becomes priority, a managerial goal. Sharing comments and appreciations making by the swimmers with the lifeguard is one of the best ways to reach the goal. Therefore, recognizing the task significance is important. In conclusion, the importance of acknowledging task significance is to help employees boost motivation and morale. The task significance brings people in distance to a relationship. The job done by the task performers is greatly recognized by the task users.
Used in course? Yes
thao vuong
thao vuong (Student)
8 years ago
This is a very interesting podcast for me because it is the first time that I heard about the subject of task significance. I enjoy listening to this podcast and everything that Adam Grant said was very interesting to me. I like how Adam Grant gave examples to show how task significance can change job satisfaction and performances.
Time spent reviewing site: 20-30 mins
Nicole Lee
Nicole Lee (Student)
8 years ago
Adam Grant is interesting to listen to. I like his thoughts on invisble task significance. It makes sense that those jobs need a higher degree of motivation. His life guard story was entertaining and tied in great with his whole task significance and motivation points. Managers need to motivate their employees and make them feel like they have an important impact that benefits other people.
yousef rantisi
yousef rantisi (Student)
8 years ago
Task significanc is an essential element for managers to consider in order to motivate and encourage employees.obviously people work better if they recognized and appraised in some way such a as treated and paid well. Task significance is importat aspect of carrer stisfaction and workers start realizing that they work and produce a high benefit to others.
Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 45 minutes
Jeremy Springer
Jeremy Springer (Student)
8 years ago
The podcast was logical. It some industries and companies employees are more and more disconnected from the end user or customer as everything gets more specialized. I think its a good reminder for all companies to remind and show their employees why they do what they do and how their work as contributed.
Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 20 Min
Humberto mendoza
Humberto mendoza (Student)
8 years ago
I think Adam Grant gives really good information, with very specific examples. According to him, task significance's goal is to increase employee's motivations in any type of job. Most managers might think that employees are self interested, which is not always true, employees need to know how their work can make a difference.

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This material was pretty easy to access and use.
Time spent reviewing site: I probably spent 30 minutes because i had to review the podcast twice.
Katherine Greco
Katherine Greco (Student)
8 years ago
Very interesting video! It raised an important point about today's employees in the workplace. Employees should recognize that the work they put in does make a difference and benefits their organization in small, yet good ways. Management needs to be more aware of a lack of task significance in their employees in order to increase motivation in the workplace.
JiangHua Li
JiangHua Li (Student)
8 years ago
This podcast was a very interesting to me, and I did learn a lesson from this. When people giving the good feedback to the employees on what they do, they will be more motivated. Also a true story can change the people’s attitude on working. . Overall, I like it.
Michele Woo
Michele Woo (Student)
8 years ago
Wow! This podcast was great! It really brings up a great point. Task significance is really important. People nowadays really lose sight how one's work can lose it's meaning. Work matters! The purpose behind whatever work you may be doing it does have an significance. It is completely true that people become disconnected to their work all the time. Especially if it's not hands and not interactive. If people actually see the work they do effects the people who use it, it will motivate them to work even harder and enjoy what they do. I work in a hotel and I don't think I ever disconnect to what I do. When I help a guest I see the result of my work. I get good feedback from the guest. Therefore for me, I never lose sight of task significance. Adam's examples were great and it made a lot of sense. Managers do need to keep motivate us the employee and to highlight how the job is going to benefit others.
Tara Haghighi
Tara Haghighi (Student)
8 years ago
During the first part of the podcast, Grant was talking about the importance of task significance and defined it as doing something that has a “positive impact for the well being of others.” When I heard that, I immediately thought of the company that I currently intern for. The employees at the company are pretty much exactly what Grant was talking about. The employees do go out of their way to help their participants and they do help make a difference. And they do see the result from all the hard work and dedication they put in. The best part of it is that for the most part, they get to see these people in person that they have been in contact for months. I think it’s important for people to realize that what they are doing is important, even though sometimes the customers don’t show it. And it’s important for employers to connect with consumers because that is what makes them come back and buy their products.
Time spent reviewing site: the entire time
szeki hui
szeki hui (Staff)
8 years ago
Jobs create opportunity to make a difference,and help others to do good.People help co-worker, supervisior, customer, client in their jobs. Authors, journalists, drivers, engineer, and scientist are also helping everyone behind the scene.
Used in course? Yes
Kevin Farinha
Kevin Farinha (Student)
8 years ago
I think that the podcast explained an important issue that many individuals face in the workplace. As individuals it is easy to become disconnected from what our jobs do for other people and I think that seeing the connection that what employees do matters to consumers, and not just to make a profit. It is important to see results of your labor.
Used in course? Yes
Maureen Melia
Maureen Melia (Student)
8 years ago
Task significance would be beneficial for any management position. This was a very informative podcast that could make dramatic differences in any working environment. Adam Grant thoroughly explained the definition of task significance, examples of work which displays direct task significance, examples of work which disconnects direct task significance, why task significance is important and how to make the connection of task significance with all forms of work. I appreciate how he states the obvious, that employers assume that employees only interest in a position is the pay, benefits and other intrisic motivational factors. Yet, just equally important is task significance for all employeses. His examples of how the callers raising money towards scholarships changed after being directly introduced to task significance, those students who actually benefited from those calls, was amazing!!
Germain Ciprian
Germain Ciprian (Student)
8 years ago
This is about the Adam Grant interview on Task Significance. Adam Grant says task significance is “having an opportunity to have a good impact on others. Grant explains that anytime employers are helping others it is high in task significance. He also stresses that people in high task significance are usually more motivated and are happier at work. The facts about task significance say that employees should know about how their work makes a difference to others, and that organizations should introduce their employees to those that benefit from their work. Some of the things organizations should do to have high task significance is to share stories that impacted others, and managers should create forums where employees share when they made a difference. If companies want to be high in task significance they must be innovative. Many successful companies understand their customer’s needs, technological specialist are up to date with new developments, and members from all parts of the company cooperate when making new products or services. It is important that when making a product or service to listen to customers, partners, and other outsiders. People in high task significance jobs are happier and more satisfied at work. This means that they listen to their customers and are aware of how employees help their customers. This is possible through change and innovation within a company. High task significance is possible through Organizational Development; organizations cope with the changing environment through improved internal relationships with behavioral science techniques. Adam Grant mentions that managers should form teams, give raises, or highlight how their work will help others. This is part of the refreezing OD step, where changes are made to the organization, and employees see it as normal. An important thing to keep in mind is that organizations should keep in mind when they should make the change to improve. This concept, performance gap, lets organizations know where their performance level is and where they want to be.
Shimrit Sadi
Shimrit Sadi (Student)
8 years ago
Task Significance - This was a very interesting subject he discusses. I feel like what he said about having significant tasks for your employees to do is so crucial for sustainability. People get caught up in the day to day routine that sometime we lose sight of what’s important. If employees don't know how they are making a difference, they can get very lost in the task and not realize the difference they are making. Motivation decreases when the task does not seem significant. His two examples where great in demonstrating how one can make a task significant if one approach the situation a particular way. In both examples, the performance increased greatly once employee understood and were about to see the difference they made. Interacting with the people that are benefiting from your service makes things real and personal – and of course, significant.
Used in course? Yes
Genesis Polo
Genesis Polo (Student)
8 years ago
This is a very useful topic to know. It apparently seems as though some people don't know that task significance is very important. It helps others motivate each other to improve their work environment and performance. Although this only works for the people who love their job because they know that they're committed to staying for more than they have to.

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Had a hard time hearing a few words.
Nathan Stringari
Nathan Stringari (Student)
8 years ago
Great podcast. Interesting topic and Very valuable information. Adam Grant addresses an issue that I believe every business must do at some point or another. He then provides a solution to this issue in clear and easy to understand way with the use of real life examples. Before listening to this podcast I was not aware of the importance of task significance in the work place. Now I understand how important it is and how to apply its principles.

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easy to access and play podcast
Time spent reviewing site: the full length of the podcast
ashley galloway
ashley galloway (Student)
8 years ago
I found the podcast interesting, informative, and inspiring. Now when I go to work, I won't just think of it as 'work', but going to a job that has 'task significance.
Time spent reviewing site: Entire time.
Allan Tina
Allan Tina (Student)
8 years ago
I found this Podcast interesting because I didn't really understand or hear first hand about what task-significance is. I am the kind of person who is interested in jobs that really aid and help others. When I know I will benefit others I feel more drawn towards my work and want to impress those I am helping. So I agree with the theory that task-significance improves performance as long as the people are motivated to help. How could something as valuable as saving someone's life not be motivating?

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Volume could be boosted just a little more.
Time spent reviewing site: 30-45 min.
Adriano Mabanta Jr
Adriano Mabanta Jr (Student)
8 years ago
Task significance is very important to any organization. It helps employees know what their value are in the company. It is easy to for employees who have been in a company too long doing the same job over and over again and not knowing that the job they are doing is benefitting someone. Everyone's duties are as important to the higher management down to the very bottom of the pyramid of the company.
Andrew Rose
Andrew Rose (Student)
8 years ago
How is this not obvious? Of course people who work at call centers won't be working there their whole life, let alone longer than two months. Who wants to work at a retail store longer than they have to? Higher task significance is obviously directly related to loving your job and keeping it longer than two months. You have to love you do, else it's just considered "work".
Wellington So
Wellington So (Student)
8 years ago
I'll be honest, I've never heard of "Task Significance" until this podcast and from the class. It was very interesting the way how Adam Grant described how it directly relates to the motivation of an individual. He used various examples to help explain "Task Significance" to the audience. Examples like, Volvo cars, student call centers, Microsoft engineers, and Metronic Medical Supplies. What Adam stated on the podcast should be implemented in today's working environment. Alot of organization's managers today are leading by fear. Fear as in informing the employee that their jobs may be in jeopardy due to low performance. As stated by Adam, instead of leading by fear, lead by giving the employee "high" Task Significance. This will motivate the employee to succeed and "enjoy" their work and therefore the results will show positively for the organization.

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His example of 3 Way Organization Can Use Positive Information: 1.) Introduction to the people that it has an impact on. 2.) Stories how it helped. 3.) Create internal and/or external forums to share stories. These are such easy procedures to implement within an organization to focus on positivity and productivity. I truly believe organizations today do not implement procedures that reinforce the creed, "job well done." Instead organizations or managers say, "Okay, when is the next sale??? We need more production, and we need it now. What are you doing to close your next deal?" Unfortunately, that is Corporate America.
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Time spent reviewing site: 40
Oksana Krutiy
Oksana Krutiy (Student)
8 years ago
I listened to the podcast and Adam Grant made a lot of sense in his interview. He gave a lot of examples on how people can be motivated at work and produce much better, rather then when there is no motivation and the results are not that great. As a manager, it is always great to provide a motivation for employees, in order to receive a better results.
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Shannon Knuth
Shannon Knuth (Student)
8 years ago
I thought that this podcast was extremely interesting. I believe that Adam Grant made a really good point about working in an environment that benefits others leads to employee satisfaction as well as increases motivation.
Time spent reviewing site: 20
Tina Ly
Tina Ly (Student)
8 years ago
Before this podcast, I believed that people were just doing their jobs as.. programmers, teachers, etc so that they would get paid. After hearing this podcast, success stories really do change the way people work. When people give employees feedback on what they do, they can see what went wrong and hopefully correct. As for success stories, I believe that they do motivate the employee to do better.

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Good and clear sound quality
Time spent reviewing site: I logged into the website, and got the podcast so that took around 10 - 15 minutes.
Tatiana Arguello
Tatiana Arguello (Student)
8 years ago
The fact that I never thought about task significance as an important factor for employees is shocking. I definitely understand how individuals knowing and learning that what they do is beneficial and important for others can lead to better work performance. If employers knew how to keep their employees motivated and informed of how their work may make an impact on others lives would create a positive workforce. Being more conscientious of the impact of your work can result to a more motivated company. Employees and the people they help would benefit if task significance was exercised regularly.
Time spent reviewing site: Hour
emily bevill
emily bevill (Student)
8 years ago
I found his situations in which he conducted research very interesting. The calling bank was interesting, it showed there was proof in the amount of work that they do to make an impact. The interventions were a perfect idea, they got to meet them and talk to the students who were benefitting from their donations. While wanting to make a difference, he was not able to because he was not given the chance as a life guard. Realized, the situation shouldn't occur because you should have prevented the accident in the first place. By taking stories from the media, he was able to make people see they had the potential. He was very smart in all of his interventions, he was able to create a large impact on both situations. By making people realize they had an impact on the situations, they were able to feel better about their personal positions, and was able to see that their jobs were very worth while. By implementing these interventions, there are many other options that will help motivate more people towards higher performance. Many examples have spawn from information like the studies he had done. This is all good examples on how to make ann impact on the people who are not so motivated in this century, by bringing engineers into a hospital they were able to see first hand that their work was in a good situation.
Zachary Johnson
Zachary Johnson (Student)
8 years ago
I actually enjoyed the podcast and everything that was said. Adam Grant seems to have it all figured out. Everything the guys said made sense and he backed it up with examples. Seems like he has been there done that with most aspects of being a manager. I believe Grant when he says that when an employee is aware of what/who benefits from their job...that knowledge will affect the employee in a way that nobody can.

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Does Task Significance increase work performance? Does it apply to each employee?
Time spent reviewing site: 20 mins
breanna nahale
breanna nahale (Student)
8 years ago
I really enjoyed listening to Task Significance. I felt that Adam Grant really hit the target about how important it is to have employees' realize that what they do has an impact on the company. I know so many people, including myself, that would enjoy their job more if the new that the work they did had some type of significance on the company. If companies had their employees' realize the significance of their task they would definitely find that their employees' preform better.
Randy Lim
Randy Lim (Student)
8 years ago
Task significance can motivate employees by let them know how important their job is, also it can let the employees have better performance in the future
Stefanie Braatz
Stefanie Braatz (Student)
8 years ago
This podcast seemed very interesting to me. I believe the idea of task significance is very important for people to feel that their job is needed, which in turn will give them more motivation to do their jobs to their fullest. In the end, this works out the best for everyone. Both customers/clients and employees are happy, along with management.
Brittany Dea
Brittany Dea (Student)
8 years ago
I just finished listening to the Task Significance podcast, and I found it to be very informative and interesting. I never realized how something so simple could make such a big difference in the employee’s work life. The employees seemed to be more motivated and seemed to work harder just by either meeting someone who's life they've changed or hearing a story of how their job makes a difference in someone's life. It was very informative, and I feel that every company owner should take this to consideration. They should introduce their employees to any person whose life has changed. This way the employees can feel that their work is much more meaningful. I really did enjoy this podcast and would recommend it for others to listen to.
Parag Patel
Parag Patel (Student)
8 years ago
I thought that the suggested interventions presented to the scholarship students were interesting and an intelligent new way for students to make money for school.
Time spent reviewing site: 30mins
Cassandra Lane
Cassandra Lane (Student)
8 years ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the podcast on task significance. It was surprising to me how such a simple topic could make such a difference in people's job performance. It makes perfect sense that people would be more motivated and driven if they knew that there work was benefiting someone else. I really understand this concept, because I work in an atmosphere with very low task significance. Granted, my job is temporary and I don't plan on making a career out of it, it would still be nice to know that what I do actually benefits people. I'm glad that I was able to get a firm grip on this concept so that when I'm in a management position I will know to implement some of these techniques to help motivate my employees. Overall, great podcast. Simple, to the point, and profound.
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Chantel Cahilig
Chantel Cahilig (Student)
8 years ago
The podcast on task significance with Adam Grant was a good interview. I think there needs to be more motivation in the workplace and showing how employees actually benefit from their work is a great idea. I agree that one can forget how their work makes a difference so I think it's important to be reminded from time to time.
Used in course? Yes
Silvia Tirado
Silvia Tirado (Student)
8 years ago
I am a student and am looking over some information from this site for a class. It was easy to learn the content of the material- it was only one podcast I was to listen to. I just finished listening to the podcast before I started on my comment. I found the concepts in the material that I reviewed to be fairly accurate, that I could calculate. This is the first I have heard of task significance. I found it interesting how Mr. Grant made the connection between jobs and identifying how they help society. Also, to use enthusiasm as a technique for better productivity, I found smart and a bit sneaky. It also seems a great technique since it wouldn't seem to cost much to do.

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Time spent reviewing site: twenty to thirty minutes now. Which I think is too much time for what I needed to do.
Cima Khosravi
Cima Khosravi (Student)
8 years ago
I completely agree. If somebody feels as though the work that they are doing directly helps somebody or will make a difference they will work harder. At my job as a receptionist, I make appointments for people. Usually I just make them at the convenience of the office, but when a client explains that they are going out of town, or only have a babysitter on certain days, I go out of my way to find something accommodating for them, even if it may cause some inconvenience for the office and we have to stay later, if I am helping someone I am more prone to do it than if it was just a regular appointment.

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I only gave it 3 stars because there was no graphics, the podcast seemed I was listening to the radio, with technology today it would have been easier to pay attention if I had something I was looking at.
Time spent reviewing site: probably 15 min. I thought it was amazing that learning materials for so many different subjects are available on Merlot. I had no idea there are different academic resources available
Clifton Colburn
Clifton Colburn (Student)
8 years ago
I think that it would be a great idea to create a website that connects the engineers of automobile products, medical products, and etc... with the actual consumers that had been saved because of a specific product or who have come across problems that could effect other people. I liked the example with Microsoft and their developers.
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Phil Jonsson
Phil Jonsson (Student)
8 years ago
The podcast was interesting because it used case study examples to show how task significance can effect job satisfaction and performance. It made me begin thinking about ways to put this theory to use in my restaurant. I am a Front of House manager. I find that the servers that try hard have really happy guests. But I think that servers that are not as focused and driven may benefit from understanding their task significance.
Ashley Fattig
Ashley Fattig (Student)
8 years ago
I enjoyed this podcast. Task significance seems like such a common sense thing, that people work better if they can see how their work directly benefits others, but it gets overlooked so often. I know that is a complaint of many people that I've worked with over the years, including myself. I currently work as an event planning assistant for a company that does mostly fundraisers, and I am fortunate enough to be able to see how the job that I do directly benefits these charities. I do my best to try and remember that feeling of satisfaction and pride when things start to get overwhelming or problems start to arise, and it always helps.
Pauline Baraan
Pauline Baraan (Student)
8 years ago
What Adam is saying makes much sense. An employee who feels replaceable and feels that he or she is not important is going to create a high turnover. And just showing employees the impact they make and showing them that what they do does make a difference can motivate them to work harder.
Troy Ratto
Troy Ratto (Student)
8 years ago
It really is a motivator to understand the task significance of ones job. One often gets caught up in the 9-5. But it does provide a little boost to your motivation if you realize your doing some good!
Douglas Stinson
Douglas Stinson (Student)
8 years ago
The podcast was very informative and relevent. Im a manager for a baseball team and I know it takes a while to figure out how to motivate players/employees. Its hard to get 110 percent out of all the kids and you have to try many different attempts to learn the best method. Managers need to make employees feel comfortable at work and make sure they are wanted (unless if there not wanted,haha). Try to make the job as fun as possible. I know when I teach young players, the best way to bring out their hardest efforts is to make fun out of it. They hate to run, but if you give a running incentive or makeup a conditioning game that is fun, then they will try as hard as they can.
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Time spent reviewing site: ALL
Teodora Ildefonzo-Olmo
8 years ago
The information presented in the podcast was very informative. As a manager it is always difficult to find was to motivate employees to perform at their top level. Often times I wonder if they are the right person for the job or if they do not completely understand the mission and vision of the organization. However, the concept of Task Significance is great. Motivating employees by 1) Introducing employees to the people who are directly benefiting from the work. 2) Find and share stories about the impact of the work. 3) Create forums to share their own stories. This is a great way to make the work more relevant to employees who need to connect with the work they are doing. As a manager I need to be more intentional in building bridges between employees and the individuals in which we serve.
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David Bell
David Bell (Student)
8 years ago
I thought Mike Johnson of the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington did a wonderful job interviewing Adam Grant of the Keenan Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina. I agreed with Adam Grant that task significance, "a fancy word for having an opportunity to do work that has a positive impact on the well being of other people" can increase the effectiveness of managers and the motivation of workers, which in the end benefits the end user as well. Grant gave us a few great examples of employees that work in jobs that contain high levels of task significance, but low levels of motivation; like a lifeguard that worked for 3 years, yet never dove into the pool to save a life, or a university call center that has a 300% annual turnover rate, where unappreciated workers call alumni for donations to provide for student scholarships, or Microsoft software engineers that didn't feel motivated enough to make their products more user-friendly because they felt that 6 out of 10 people who were using their products were idiots. When you actually introduce workers to the people that they help, it creates meaning in the work that they do, and it makes both workers and managers more effective and more efficient at their jobs.
Lily Katz
Lily Katz (Student)
8 years ago
I found the podcast Task Significance with Adam Grant very interesting. It is hard in some job positions to think about task significance and understand how it applies to you. For example, I was a manager at a clothing store for a while and I rarely thought about task significance. However, now that I look back I was helping people find something (clothing, accessory, etc.) that made them feel good or maybe even a little better about themselves. Maybe I helped someone pick out a dress for a high school reunion and they were able to walk into that event feeling amazing. That is a really neat thing and makes me feel like I was actually contributing something while working in retail. I have a journal that I keep good ideas for a future business in. After listening to this Podcast I wrote about task significance and the fact that I need to make my employees feel good about what they are doing and help them understand that they are contributing to society, even if it is not obvious.
wesley whitt
wesley whitt (Student)
8 years ago
The podcast that I am commenting on was Task Significance with Adam Grant and I felt that it was very informative and easy to follow. The fact that I took from this was that a good manager doesn't only worry about the satisfaction of the customers, but also his employees. The best way to do this is creating Task Significance, and with this your employees will enjoy their job that much more because they realize they are truly helping people in some way every day, creating significance. I also felt that the three examples on how to create task significance was valuable as well. The first way was to bring in customers that your employees have helped, the second was to bring in stories of how their work is significant, and the third was to create forums where employees can share their own stories of significance. In the end I felt this podcast was very informative for managers.
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Melwin Singh
Melwin Singh (Student)
8 years ago
A very simple to understand podcast on task significance, which is the first element to evaluate when you feel dissatisfied with your job. In today's fast paced work environment, people forget or don't realize the impact their work has on the others. Knowing for fact that your work has saved lives, cured disease, or provided other intangible benefits brings satisfaction to the employee and increases productivity as well. If only all corporations and its employee could realize and focus on the positive impact they have on society, ethical behavior wouldn't be a controversial issue in business.
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jiehan Gardner
jiehan Gardner (Student)
8 years ago
I agree that Adam Grant's "Task Significance". It is important that connecting the job performer with users. They can really benifit the results that they produced and impove their working abilities.
Time spent reviewing site: two hours
Luis Murillo
Luis Murillo (Student)
8 years ago
This podcast reflects how the workplace actually operates. Employees get bored with their tasks which leads to less productivity and dissatisfaction. Over time, this problem can eventually contribute to the overall turn-over rate in a company.
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Neil Pedrosa
Neil Pedrosa (Student)
8 years ago
I agree with the podcast. Task Significance gives people who are disconnected with the end result of their work, something to continue to produce work above and beyond their daily tasks. As a person who works for an IT department. See and talking with the users ( my customers) gives me a statifaction of helping people and most important, getting the "thank you" for helping them with something they needed. Neil Pedrosa ( SFSU )
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Pui Mei Kung
Pui Mei Kung (Student)
8 years ago
I think we should try to introduce Adam's idea to every college. I am a scholarship recepient of 09 Fall-10 Spring. And I am trying to apply scholarship for next academic year but I discovered that the number of scholarships that SFSU provides for undergraduate students have dramatically decreased. Scholarship is very important for students who come from low income family, especially during this economic down turn. By introducing Adam's method, the number of scholarship will increase and it will help a lot of student to continue their education.
Chris Tang
Chris Tang (Student)
8 years ago
Wow, this podcast was definitely very informative and has made me aware of just how important it is to incorporate employees with the people whom they have helped. I completely agreed with the speaker when he was talking about repetitive jobs, and how workers get tiresome and bored because they work hard day-in and day-out, but don't see the results of their work. I now believe that it is very important to keep your workers in touch with the people whom they help because I can clearly see a benefit from doing so. In my personal experience with past jobs volunteering at schools and various other places, I have noticed that I too tend to be more motivated with each person I help. I tend to work harder and longer because I know that what I'm doing is making a difference in someone's life.
Yau Chun Amy Leung
Yau Chun Amy Leung (Student)
8 years ago
This interview is interesting and useful to everyone who is working in the business. It also influences the company on their organization. Sometimes it is really hard for employees to get into the motivated situation, however, it is important. A good way to make employees interested in their work, company should show how important of them in the company. It makes them to love and interested in their work which they do.
peter tam
peter tam (Student)
8 years ago
I thought this interview very useful to everybody ( corporations, managers, employees)because task significance is very important but a lot of employers and employees don't realized how task significance is important. In my situation I work in customer service and I like to hear that customers enjoyed the movie reviews or suggestions it keeps me motivated to watch movies so I can continue to give reviews and suggestions to other customers. The first recommendation of Adam Grant was to make connections with software developers and users is a great idea because that way there's motivation of both sides. To know that someone is using your product to the fullest is a great motivation to continue to build great products.
Hyerim Hwang
Hyerim Hwang (Student)
8 years ago
It was interesting examples and features that how we can use task significant but I would say it was nothing new. For so long time, the importance of customer side has been emphasized especially with high technology product lines and services. To fulfill this idea, we need a high ethical standard which is opened to other people rather than ourselves. However I am not sure how many people can actually get motivated and how long it can be stayed. People have really diverse interests and different standards. To ask the same amount/kind of responsibilities does not really make sense for general. This idea is too ideal.

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Time spent reviewing site: 3
Yuan Zhang
Yuan Zhang (Student)
8 years ago
It is interesting and beneficial. When people know that their jobs make changes or affect many things especially on the good side, they would work harder to achieve more. People would consider it as realzsing personal values.
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Marie Batongbakal
Marie Batongbakal (Student)
8 years ago
The material was very interesting. The case studies that Mark Adam did regarding Task Significance emphasized how important it is for workers to know their importance to other people. I like how he also explained that people who are already conscientious are most likely not to affect the Task Significance Experiment because they already care about their job and they already know their value in their job. Interesting!
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Carisa Orme
Carisa Orme (Student)
8 years ago
it was very ensighntful. The ideas used are extremely brilliant. Its amazing how something so simple can do so much in the business world.
Luc Pham
Luc Pham (Student)
8 years ago
definitely recommend. this "Task Significance" is new to me, and i think it will work for people who use it. I think it will help employees be more productive..
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shintaro iijima
shintaro iijima (Student)
8 years ago
I thought this podcast was beneficial and educational and those the research and ideas very interesting. It seems like very practical but I'm sure not all managers think about these kinds of things in the workplace. People aren't going to motivate themselves all the times, it is the responsibility of the managers to keep people motivated to a certain degree.
Anamaria Lukenda
Anamaria Lukenda (Student)
8 years ago
I felt that the podcast on task significance was very well done and easy to understand. Even I never heard of term "task significance", I am pretty sure people are defintely more engaged in working when they realize that what they do is of great help to someone else out there. I would recommend this podcast to employers and employees alike - seeking for motivation within their area of work.
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Tiffany Hillendahl
Tiffany Hillendahl (Student)
8 years ago
Anyone with sales experience can tell you that task significance is a huge and often-overlooked factor in motivating employees. The examples used in the podcast are relatively intuitive: safe cars and lifeguards save lives; scholarships provide life-changing experiences. But I would bet that your average bank employee or intern doesn't see what they provide as quite so significant. There are a great many other jobs out there (especially in marketing and finance right now) for which employees lack motivation because they are genuinely uncertain that they are providing something of value. And where, as the speaker in the podcast mentioned, there are some employees that are naturally motivated enough perform at high levels regardless of their perception of task significance, I suspect that they are a minority in non-executive employee groups. Greater focus on this aspect of motivation may yield surprising results.
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alejandro garcia
alejandro garcia (Student)
8 years ago
It true that managers are really influenced by how the company is organized and is the company is run. Making a difference in a job is something really important that an employer could do, however at many times employees are not motivated because they really dont see the difference they are making. So, it is important to show employees the work they are doing and to make them interested in the work they are doing.
Robert Maeda
Robert Maeda (Student)
8 years ago
Well after listening to the podcast on Task Significance, i have to say that that was one of the better podcasts i have listened too. Although i wont go into the details of the podcast because it is posted on iLearn for anyone to listen to, i will say that Task Significance is easily one of the top concepts managers should get track of. Almost every job there is in the world involves a product or a service, and behind every job or service is someone or a group of people that develop that product or service or find a way to bring it to the general public. Everyone in one shape or form wants to make a difference, and cares about others to a certain degree. With that said, it is often forgotten how what you do everyday in your job, benefits others, even if the job you do contributes only a fraction of the whole. With how fast-pasted life is now a days, people get caught in a rut if you will, and loose track of the bigger picture. Managers and employers try to give employees jobs that benefit themselves, give them maximum pay, try to make their work interesting, give them chances for promotion, and give them chances to learn and chances to develop, but what is equally important that Adam said was the it is equally important is that ma mangers need to highlight how each job is benefiting others. Again, most employees want a difference, but it is particularly important to show them how thier work helps the users. I think Adam had some very insightful and very helpful examples of how task significance has helped companies, and more specifically how it has helped major companies that everyone would know. I think the example of how Microsoft used their "usability lab" to allow developers to see first hand how users were using their software and what problems they had. This allowed the developers to see that normal, intelligent, everyday people were having problems...thus leading them to fix the problems of their software and increase their motivation to making better software in the future. I also like the Volvo example with how the managers brought in people to tell the auto safety engineers how their efforts to develop the latest in safety saved their lives during crashes. The point that Adam made about having direct contact with your users and the people that are closest to your product/service yields the greatest change in motivation, which is directly proportional to task significance. All in all I thought that this podcast and the research that Adam has done is extremely important. I will undoubtedly keep this with me for the future, as it is the key to keeping a company and its employees successful.
suqin chen
suqin chen (Student)
8 years ago
Task Significance" is really new to me,i even have not heard before. but after listening to the interview by Adam Grant, I realized "Task Significance" is important and useful. it let me know about more between company and customer. Since the "Task Significance" helps the company has the better connection between employees and customers, company provided higher quality of service to the customer. "Task Significance" really benifits to the company.
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jacqueline valverde
8 years ago
The interview with Adam Grant was a great podcast on task significance: easy to understand and follow. The concept of having an opportunity to have a positive impact on other people is a very important element to have in the business world. He provided good examples and ideas about how we can use task significance to create the potential to make a huge impact on work performance in any job setting. .
Laila Islam
Laila Islam (Student)
8 years ago
Task significance is quite enlightening, yet common sense. Task significance conceptualizes the effects that having the opportunity to physically see the results of one’s work. Incentives are needed in every job, but task significance took it one step further to make contact to view the outcomes and inspire workers to remind them their work does not go unnoticed. Places of business that encourage task significance will most likely have higher inspired employees with an even higher job performance rate.
Qidan Feng
Qidan Feng (Student)
8 years ago
"Task Significance" is really new to me, but after listening to the interview by Adam Grant, I realized "Task Significance" is important and useful for the company. Since the "Task Significance" helps the company has the better connection between employees and customers, employees's responsibility are effected, and the customers are provided higher quality of service. "Task Significance" really benifits to the company.
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Helen Hong
Helen Hong (Student)
8 years ago
I totally agree that task significance is really important in a job, at least to keep the motivation going and to keep employees more happy and more productive with what they are doing. I never really focused on the concept of Task Significance before because in most of the jobs I've had they stress about getting things done faster and are more money orientated but in certain cases where I thought about what I was doing or how it would affect other people I felt more driven to work harder and better. I really think more workplaces should spend more time focusing on this.
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Jonathan Wong
Jonathan Wong (Student)
8 years ago
This was a great podcast that thoroughly explains Task significance. I thought that it makes perfect sense that if a person that does work for someone or people gets to see how it benefits them they will feel alot better and be more motivated to do good.
cheuk yin chen
cheuk yin chen (Student)
8 years ago
I believe Task significance plays a really important role in work environment. As the audio said, it is really important to have the employee to be motivated at work because if the employee is not motivated at work, people will lack off and not do what they are suppose to do. Also, employee really needs to be noticed for their work performance. Managers needs to evaluate teh employee work performance, so they can rewards the hard working employee and make sure the others work hard. If employees are not working together, this will effect on a lot of things in the company such as efficency, moral and the most important, team work. I believe the task significane is on the spot about working in a company.
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Aliaksei Dziunou
Aliaksei Dziunou (Student)
8 years ago
The podcast on Task Significance was very informative and well described. I have to agree with the information provided. As an employee it is important to know that your work is worth something, and as said, it is the managers who is responsible for motivating the employees (as Bill Gates did with his crew of testers and engineers). I’m partner in a company and sometimes I see that even my partners need motivation or they just wonder off, it is not because they are not interested in the work or they are tiered it is that some people tend to forget or see the big picture. They just have to be reminded about the set goals and the potential future of the company. Task significance plays a huge role in productivity, it creates an atmosphere we creative ideas are born and also are rewarded. Everybody likes to be appreciated and rewarded for their work no matter how small or insignificant their work is.

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the audio source on podcast was good, it came in clear with out any distortions.
Duc Ta Minh
Duc Ta Minh (Student)
8 years ago
To be honest, I have never heard of "Task Significance" prior to this podcast. It is rather interesting to hear that there are so many jobs that make a positive contribution towards and/or serve others. Many times we lose sight or forget about the effect of task significance. People in high task significance jobs tend to be more motivated and it tends to create more work efficiency. I think this podcast is great, especially for business students. It reminds all of us of the importance of "task significance". It shows that if really believe that your job task can make a difference, you will be more motivated in doing what you do. I like the example of the microsoft program developer. But I think "task significance" doesn't only work for big firms like microsoft, but for any organization and business.
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Kerwin Uy
Kerwin Uy (Student)
8 years ago
I think that this podcast was very informative and taught me something that I wasn't very aware of. It's a good idea to get people to see the results of their own work and that jobs could use task significance could be used to motivate employees. I agree that when jobs are very repetitive and the employees don't get to see how their work effects others that it might keep them from being interested and fully attentive. With task significance, employers can create a positive effect on their own employees. Without feedback people won't be aware of how their doing and won't be able find ways to help employees with their jobs.
Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee (Student)
8 years ago
I thought the podcast regarding Task Significance was right on. It is very important for people to feel that what they do at work has an influence on other people. I think that in general, this relates to the importance of feedback in any business both positive and negative. My family owns a grocery store and we make it a point to show our employees all of the feedback we receive from our customers both posative and negative so they can see that what they do has an effect on people's lives. If employees become to detached they no longer care about whether they are doing good work or not.
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Mark DePasquale
Mark DePasquale (Student)
8 years ago
The podcast on Task Signifianc was extremely interesting. It made perfect sence that employee's performance is directly affected by the meaning they find in their work. Many people do not see value in the work they do, and because they find it unimportant tend to put less care into the type of work they do. Also, many people do have work that affects people live their lives, but sometimes these workers do not get to see th benefits of their work. Examples would be researchers and authors. If an employee knows that they are improving someones life, they often can find motivation to improve their duty and perform at a higher level.
Mark DePasquale
Mark DePasquale (Student)
8 years ago
The podcast on Task Signifianc was extremely interesting. It made perfect sence that employee's performance is directly affected by the meaning they find in their work. Many people do not see value in the work they do, and because they find it unimportant tend to put less care into the type of work they do. Also, many people do have work that affects people live their lives, but sometimes these workers do not get to see th benefits of their work. Examples would be researchers and authors. If an employee knows that they are improving someones life, they often can find motivation to improve their duty and perform at a higher level.
Hendra Hendra
Hendra Hendra (Student)
8 years ago
The podcast really did deliver the concept and points clearly. The voice of both parties could be heard clearly. Using real example such as Microsoft and Volvo for using the task significance allows me to see and understand the whole true meaning of task significance, along with its effects on employess motivation.It makes sense that if the employees do have a picture on what their jobs actually benefit other people, it would make them feel important and happy knowing that they had actually contributed to the people who benefit from it.

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So far everything is wonderful. Let's keep it up.
Anna Kepler
Anna Kepler (Student)
8 years ago
I found "Task Significance" podcast rather interesting. Every good manager as well as an employee know that task significance is an important issue directly related to job performance. The examples of this podcast that is what made it very interesting and educational. Particularly the example of Microsoft showed that is is not an easy task for a manager to find creative and productive ways to remind employees about task significance. Especially when you work for a small company and don't have enough funds to make a one way mirror for this particular purpose. Overall I enjoyed this podcast.
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Katrina Tran
Katrina Tran (Student)
8 years ago
Task significant was very clearly explained in this podcast. I agree with him, if workers think and know that they are important and appreciated they would be more productive. If you are able to see the effects of your work, you are more likely to be more responsible and work harder.
Chih-Hsuan Lee
Chih-Hsuan Lee (Student)
8 years ago
I think task significance is very important in every company, and also important to let employees know about it. Many people don’t know about their work can benefit a few people or even more. Thus, many people think their jobs are less important or just a job. For example, when I had a part time job at the swimming pool, I saw many part time lifesavers were listening to MP3 or reading magazines while they were working. They didn’t take their job seriously because they thought nothing will happen. I think my boss should tell those lifesavers that their job is not only save life but also can prevent accidents happen just like Adam Grant was saying in the podcast. May be those lifesavers will change their attitudes while they are in duty and think they are important all the time, not just wait for accidents happen.
Asmeret Bekele
Asmeret Bekele (Student)
8 years ago
I never knew what the proper name for task significance was, but I always knew that it was necessary to have. Everyone always asks the question why and if one does not know why they are doing something they are less likely to put as much effort into something. I feel like this should be mandated in every job/task.
Henri Kor
Henri Kor (Student)
8 years ago
I thought the audio was very interesting, but it was something that i had already thought about. I agree that if people really feel that what they are doing actually has significance, that you are more motivated to do you job right and do it a lot better.

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non really. Just afraid that I'm not doing the right assignment.
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Tomoharu Sakai
Tomoharu Sakai (Student)
8 years ago
I have never heard of task significance before I listened to this podcast. I felt this is very interesting and useful in all management works.
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MAN YIM
MAN YIM (Student)
8 years ago
Adam Grant has pointed out a very important point for improving of work participation to not only young people, but also everyone. I totally agree that Adam has stated that if the employee notice about their job can benifit to the society or some certain people, the employee could have more motive power.I believe that most of the people have dream to be a doctor, police or lawer when we were a kid scine we knew that those kind of job could help people and society. Of course, we can not all become police or doctor, therefore finding the truth meaning of the job can raise the efficeny of work a lot. That is not benifit to the company but also the employee. I believe that is the good way motive employee beside the bonus method.
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Miho Tatsuhara
Miho Tatsuhara (Student)
8 years ago
I think managers could make significant difference in the companies' productiveness and effectiveness by being aware of the importance of "task significance". People work in service industry may easier to feel the result of their work than people in other industries. When I think about some careers such as engineers, scholars, and reserachers,it is very difficult for them to feel how beneficial they can be for others and society. The example Adam gave was about lab engineers in medical company. He said that the company would hold a party where the patient who used the medical instrument made by the company and the engineers could meet,so that the engineers would realize how great impact they are making on the users. The task significance indeed motivate workers and increase employee's productivity.
trevor berman
trevor berman (Student)
8 years ago
it was very interesting to listen to some of these real life examples about the effects of increasing task significance for professions with a high invisible task significance, but was any of it actually new? the concept of task significance is relatively easy to understand. when you can see the positive affects your work has, it is always a good motivation tool. working in retail, i judge my days work on my numbers, which can get old quick, but when i help organize the stock room, i can physically see the difference i made that day. i agree that making some of these jobs with invisible task significance, more visible, like the life guard, volvo, and microsoft, has a positive effect, but the concept isnt new. he just brought some real life examples to the table. however, these examples, specific to the industry, were what i felt, the take home message. innovation in the way we do business to increase T.S. among employees is the key. listening to what some different examples he gave can help start the creative juices, and make way for change. all in all, it was an interesting podcast but i believe they took 15 minutes to describe something that could have been done in three. but then again, maybe that extra 12 minutes was their visible task significance.
luciano altube
luciano altube (Student)
8 years ago
This podcast is great. When it comes to task significance I find recognition and motivation very important. For example, as Mark Adam explained, sometimes we have a high expectation about a job which then turns out to be repetitive and boring. However, the fact that the job is not as exciting as we thought doesn't mean that the job has low significance. This is when task significance recognition comes in. It is important to analyze and recognize the impact that our job has on others. The examples introduced in the podcast clearly indicate that knowing the task significance increases motivation. One suggestion could be to bring closer the people doing the task and the people that are affected by it. There are some examples such as meetings, and success stories that work great for building motivation. However, I think that the best part is that there is plenty of room for creativity.
Ke-Yi Chen
Ke-Yi Chen (Student)
8 years ago
This podcast interview with Adam Grant was very helpful for young people. I totally agree with their point about this job participation. Most of the employee want to know how their job benefit on society.If the customer or society is not satisfied with the end product or service. The corporation can be improved or find a solution for this. Its important to see how society thinks because without their comments product wouldn't be notice where they should improved. It's very important to know that.
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Jia Tian
Jia Tian (Student)
8 years ago
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aaron schulweis
aaron schulweis (Student)
8 years ago
I thought this was a very informative pod-cast. I would recommend it to anyone interested in motivating people to their full potential. The guest speaker sheds light on a simple yet overlooked and unappreciated concept. I was buzzing with ideas after listening to this. pod-cast
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Samuel Lizarde
Samuel Lizarde (Student)
8 years ago
Task significance is something that I believe is lacking in most companies. Like they stated in the podcast, there are many companies who do not communicate the task significance of the work they do to their employees. This causes employees to feel under appreciated at times. I believe that letting them know their task significance would help motivate workers, and give them a sense of satisfaction in their work, creating a happier enviornment.
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Christina So
Christina So (Student)
8 years ago
The podcast interview with Adam Grant was interesting. Stating that as employees seeing your works effect on society can either be a motivator towards continuing the work or finding new ways to make it better, if the consumer or society is not happy with the end product or service. As employees its important to see how society thinks because without their input or criticism the end product wouldn't be improved. And the employees wouldn't get the benefit of knowing that their services/products have been of great use or not to the public.
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Enrique Maiden
Enrique Maiden (Student)
8 years ago
I think Adam Grants view on the effects of Task Significant was great. I agree that if a person who does a job and gets to know that their work had some significant into someones life is a great motivator. But I think it should go both ways. Their might be jobs that you do good for someone and might not go so well to another. Employees should know about all effects of their task significant. I think Athletes who go to fund-raising events have some interactive to their task significant because they get involved into the work. Though most of it is PR but they still come for even just a couple of hours during the day. Adam explains about motivation reguarding task significant. I would agree that it makes an impact to know what good you have done in your task. example are the firemen and police officers that helped and worked to help people during 9/11. ever since then NYPD and NYFD have gain much respect from people and their motivation have increased.
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Theva Saenoudomsack
8 years ago
I think Adam Grant recommendations about task significances are great because I truly think it is important to let employees know that their work makes a different. I believe it will boost confident in employees and make them want to performance at their best when they are acknowledge for their work. From what Adam mention in the Podcast, "managers should create forums for employees where they share their stories", I think is a wonderful idea because it lets employees open up to each other. It also allows employees to learn from each others experiences. I think managers should consider applying task significance with their employees because employees performance will be higher since they are feeling good about themselves, knowing that others are benefiting from their work.
Sarah Laraway
Sarah Laraway (Student)
8 years ago
As a student and a current supervisor this podcast really was inspirational. I am very motivated as a new supervisor but my staff could use some connection with the results of their work. I happen to work in the research field so Under New Management handed me the perfect scenario for my staff.
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JUI-TING WENG
JUI-TING WENG (Student)
8 years ago
This Podcast really helps me to learn a lesson. I never realized Task Significance is important and make a lot of different in our jobs. Most people don't think their work can benefit others in some ways, therefore, job seems like a way to feed ourselves an d the family. From the Podcast, i know that it can increase the motivation of the employees simply by make them realize how their daily work benefit some people even most people in the world. i think all companies should consider about the task significance in their work.
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Navjot Mehat
Navjot Mehat (Student)
8 years ago
This is a very TRUE idea. From my personal experience, I have realized that motivating your employees on task significance makes the biggest difference in the world. I have worked behind the scenes jobs where I was basically doing the same task over and over like a machine. Yet, I had no idea how it affected the customers. Therefore, I did fond myself un-motivated and lazy at times. Yet last summer, I got the opportunity to work as a college adviser/tutor for UC Berkeley. All of us advisers went into 'bad' middle school and had to educate the young teens on the benefits of going to college, the requirements needed, and how to go about applying. At first it was just a routine performance that we did: go into classroom, present information, answer questions, leave. Then one day, we actually saw students come in with their parents that wanted more information. That basically meant that the kids listened and were interested! We had made a difference in their lives! That made it all worth while. Soon after, the rest of the tutors and I were motivated to get more kids on our sides. Our task significance was high, but we just didn't know about it, until we saw the results. So I think that as managers of any sort, or even colleagues and employees, we must recognize the task significance and let it help us help others!
Janet Hong
Janet Hong (Student)
8 years ago
“Under New Management” Summary by Janet Hong mgmt 405 10/9/09 • Examines new and notable management research and how it can help enhance your effectiveness as a manager in your organization. • Mike Johnson is interviewer • Interviewee is Adam Grant: He wrote a paper about task significance and how it affects job performance • Concept: having an opportunity to do work that has a positive impact on the wellbeing of other people • Health and safety • Within any organization • Benefits other people is high in task significance • Invisible task significance indirectly helps other people without meeting them (authors and journalists) • Jobs that makes a difference • Easy to lose sight of actual impact as employee • Between college and graduate school: lonely planet • Managing group of editors and researchers: work in 3-6 months for travelers but lost motivation over time of how to benefit travelers • Tend to be more satisfied with work and more motivated • More effective and productive if aware of task significance • Why? • Standardized work, huge rejections, lost of motivation, lack of appreciation • Callers got to meet scholarship students and how funds made difference in their lives • Touching and moving stories and help them see task significance • Lifeguards • Want to make difference • Monotonous tasks which difficult to remain attentive • Stories from news media of rescues • Interventions were powerful • Volunteered more hours from 4 stories for 6 months • Does it work same why for everyone? • 2 dimensions of personality and value • Conscientiousness: organized, dependable, goal oriented, disciplined, reliable • Value – care of making a difference • Less conscientious – needed more external reasons to work harder in job • 3 ways organizations can use these findings -introduce workers directly to customers who benefit from work - find and share stories that share impact of the work -create forums for employees to share their own stories • Why work matters Microsoft Hard to motivate software developers to fix bugs Resisted feedback Had survey of feedback Make user friendly Lab to navigate and show guests trying it Worked harder to fix Bottom line for managers • Often tend to assume employers are self interested so use maximize pay, promotions to motivate • Equally important to highlight how jobs can help others can motivate workers
Denise Velasco
Denise Velasco (Student)
8 years ago
It was interesting to hear the results of this study on how employees react to task significance, because while it's important to know how to effectively organize the work environment, most employees will need the motivation and ability to see the results of their work to continue working at a high performance level most management will desire. While most common workers task significance won't result in having saved someone's life, seeing even the smallest impact from work done can help motivate the employee to continuously work hard.
Timothy Evans
Timothy Evans (Student)
8 years ago
Task Significance is such an important underlying component to quality perfomance execution, that it should be always focused on and addressed in planning. It's easy to get fixated on one process for operations that occur day to day where duties are compartmentalized and segmented. An example, in which the podcast discusses, would be software quality assurance. At first glance, a QA Tester could see his or her role as just finding and ammassing large bug numbers and verfying fixes. They could miss the critical signifance of the overall reason for their position, which is to help carry out the development roadmap and ultimately improve the product quality. Showing the complete picture and tieing in the direct contribution value to a duty has a great motivational boost effect. When there is more motivation, the easier and more effective completing an action can be. Isn't that what management should be seeking, to ultimately increase productivity? An employee with a directed reason is better than employee that is lost without.
Keani Hom
Keani Hom (Student)
8 years ago
I'm sure at some point we've all had the jobs that were boring and monotonous, but sometimes it's so hard to tell when you're in that cycle. Your monotonous job keeps you busy doing the same thing that you're too busy to stop doing it. Managers definitely need to be trained to keep employees motivated and show them that all their work is for a purpose. Task significance is what can keep a company going, all people, high managers and hourly employees need to feel appreciated.
JUSTINE YIH
JUSTINE YIH (Student)
8 years ago
The concept of Task Significant by Adam Grant is very interesting and rousing. Task Significant greatly relates to job performance. With higher Task Significant, employees give higher and better performance. I think this concept is really important for employees and employers to understand and fully practice. This cannot only increase the job performance, but also bring positive impact on well being of other people. When employee feel that his or her role is important in an organization, they will make more effort and it will automatically increase the production and quality of work.
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Patricia Lam
Patricia Lam (Student)
8 years ago
The results of a successful company/ organization depend on a high level of task significance. Being a teacher at more than one school has full fulfillment of task significance. Seeing my students learn firsthand and personal satisfies me in a way where I see the effects and difference I make in their lives each week. Motivating young vibrant students is a huge benefit for me to experience in the world of business, management, and even entrepreneurship.
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Akira Shimoide
Akira Shimoide (Student)
8 years ago
I think that motivating people is a key in business. Task significance is highly recommended between people because it makes employees satisfied and will be effective to increase company's benefit in the future.
Jonathan Lira
Jonathan Lira (Student)
8 years ago
Interesting video that raised an important point about today's workplace. It is pertinent that employees explore and recognize the impact and significance of their work. Rather than looking at work as a job, a person may possibly find work more meaningful when they understand how what they do benefits their clients/organization. Upper management should be aware of a lack of task significance in their employees. In order to maintain high morale, it would be beneficial for the entire company if the senior staff implement some sort of entity that visualized or measured end-user satisfaction in order to increase motivation and work satisfaction. One such entity could be a feedback survey on the companies website that customers could complete that would evaluate customer satisfaction of the product. Such satisfaction represents the successful work of the employees.
Jose Ramos
Jose Ramos (Student)
8 years ago
I found this material and information to be not only entertaining but also very useful for the present and future. I agree that showing employee's that their jobs do have some sort of task significance is very important and i do believe that this leads to much more motivated and efficient employees. I found it very useful that they thoroughly explained every concept of task significance and gave examples for everything. I look forward to applying this not only to future situations, but also my present situation.
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kai wang
kai wang (Student)
8 years ago
As a manager or executive officer, it is important to understand the importance of task significance. By letting the employees to know the result of their works will help them make corrections and derive the quality of their work. Also, it also helps the managers to find out which employee or department needs a change. In addition, by knowing how significant or beneficial their work is, the company will have a better advantage in competing with other companies in the market.
Grant Duval
Grant Duval (Student)
8 years ago
I just finished listening to the podcast by Mark Adam and I have to say that "Task Significance" is important in getting a productive employee. I have had a ton of minimum wage jobs, I have never felt like I was making a difference and consequently I never worked as hard as I could have because to me it didn't matter. Adam makes a lot of great examples of how even tasks that I wouldn't have thought had task significance did indeed have task significance. I always have thought of paramedics or health care professionals as the only professions that had any kind of task significance, but I ways proved wrong after listening to this podcast. Making people realize the benefit to the world that their job is making seems like such an easy thing to remind employees of, but it happens so little of the time. I think this is one of the best management practices I have heard, I wish that my employer would listen to this podcast.
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Mari Nakamura
Mari Nakamura (Student)
8 years ago
going to work is a necessity since it is a way to provide for living costs. However, if that becomes the main reason to go to work, it's hard to want to go to work. What stuck with me about task significance is how it connects to motivation. Especially for invisible task significance. People that work behind the scene don't feel the significance of their work so it makes sense that they lose their motivation. Motivation has to come from some where and as a manager, coming up with ideas to motivate employees is challenging. As an employee that works at a cash register at a restaurant, I don't just give change to customers I also let waitresses know if a customer needs assistance. After hearing this podcast, I plan to change the way I do work to liven up how things go at work. This will motivate me as well as other employees.
rongbo tan
rongbo tan (Student)
8 years ago
one of the examples give in the podcast is about Microsoft programmers try so hard to fix the bug so other users benefits and update to prevent intruders hack into other pc.
Fanny JinFen Xue
Fanny JinFen Xue (Student)
8 years ago
A very nice podcast on Task signifi