Friday, April 23, 2010
It turns out that handling cash, even it's not yours to keep, makes people better able to cope with pain. According to a recent university research study, subjects who handled money were more resilient to pain. I wouldn't say that this is ground-breaking research, but it does verify what I've known all along. People are motivated by money. This includes corporate employees. None of my lazy employees likes working, but the paycheck blunts their pain. Allowing them to occasionally handle a paycheck seems to keep them working long enough to get some small amount of work done. The trick is figuring out how long you can keep them going before you need to infuse some monetary damage control to prevent mass defection.