19 March 2008

GTK: Hawthorne Effect

Here's another first installment of a new series: GTK - Good To Know.

HR Professionals are familiar with many names and concepts, but sometimes it's difficult to remember what something was exactly about. GTK helps refresh the memory with a few bullet points.

Hawthorne Effect
  • based on experiments at the Hawthorne Works, 1924-1932
  • Elton Mayo was involved in the experiments
  • study about the effects of changes of the work environment on worker's productivity
  • workers changed their behavior because human beings like feeling important
  • give your employees special attention, but remember that the effect is only short-term
Cali & Jody wrote about a post on 37signals and somebody mentioned the Hawthorne Effect in the comments.

No comments: