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Task Significance

I am absolute pleased after listening the podcast "Task Significance". It really makes sense to connect employees to the beneficiaries of their work. I did work as manager for small companies and I know how hard is to help employees to see the importance of their work, and it is really hard to increase productivity. Aaron Grant's research is very useful; it shows that employees are not only motivated by the amount...

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Amisha Chandna
Amisha Chandna (Student)
9 years ago

After listening to Task Significance made me notice that jobs are heavily impacted nowadays. So the best way to address them is with a positive influence on others. It improves health, safety, and relationships among an entire company. An example he gives of this is through the Volvo saved my life club that customers tell their stories that they’ve experienced with Volvo workers. This really stood out to me and showed me how a company can really have an impact on its future and current customers. I absolutely enjoyed listening to this pod cast and thought it was really informative.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 mins
Amisha Chandna
Amisha Chandna (Student)
9 years ago

After listening to Task Significance made me notice that jobs are heavily impacted nowadays. So the best way to address them is with a positive influence on others. It improves health, safety, and relationships among an entire company. An example he gives of this is through the Volvo saved my life club that customers tell their stories that they’ve experienced with Volvo workers. This really stood out to me and showed me how a company can really have an impact on its future and current customers. I absolutely enjoyed listening to this pod cast and thought it was really informative.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 mins
Sharyn Nantuna
Sharyn Nantuna (Student)
9 years ago

Adam Grant’s research on “Task Significance” reveals that people perform better when they understand the relevancy of their job. People want to feel that they are making a difference in the lives of others.  That said, managers can motivate employees by introducing them to the people they help.  Although important, task significance alone can’t improve job performance.  Other factors have an impact such as salary, work conditions and fair treatment.

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Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes
Todd Childs
Todd Childs (Student)
9 years ago

I thought that this was a great podcast. I work in a retail environment and I know how task significance is important. I find that my job can be very repeative, but when i outfit a customer and they come back and tell me about how much of a great time they had, it makes me feel happy.

I understand that if you think that your work doesn't make a difference, you won't have much job satifaction. I really like this postcast and the study that was done.

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Hann-Ning Lee
Hann-Ning Lee (Student)
9 years ago

I love this interview. It is clear and well organized about the task significance.

It's an easy but really important concept for everyone. I am glad that we could have this podcast assignment in this class.

Darrell Silverman
Darrell Silverman (Student)
9 years ago

This concept seems kind of obvious but also very effective.  I have worked for a couple of major companies and have seen it put to use.  One of the companies was in the Petrochemical industry.  Safety is a huge part of their culture.  They applied the principle of "Safety First" to every aspect of the company.  It didn't matter if you worked in the field or in an office they took safety very seriously.  One of the ways they did this was by having a "safety moment" before every meeting.  In my group we would rotate the duty of presenting a safety topic every week before our meetings.  I'm a skeptic at heart and it was hard for me to embrace this idea but in the end I appreciated the fact that we spent time discussing topics ranging from driving safety to ergonomics and many other things.  The idea is that we cared about our coworkers and wanted to see them go home safe be safe there and come back to work in the same condition.  It sounds kinda cheesy but in the end it made a huge impact on me, so much so that I have brought the concept of safety moments to positions I have held at other companies.

Kelly Ruspil
Kelly Ruspil (Student)
9 years ago

I'm amazed that this hasn't been studied until now. It makes perfect sense that people will be more motivated to work if they can directly see the benefits of their hard work. Overall, it makes perfect sense that employee moral is going to increase if the worker can ultimately see the effect their work has on other people.

Elizabeth Lurker
Elizabeth Lurker (Student)
11 years ago
I loved listening to this interview. The study findings completely makes sense!! Connecting the producers with their users makes perfect sense. It is so easy to forget what you are working for as the tasks get old. I personally can appreciate seeing how my work makes a difference. I would love a personal reminder from time to time.