Elton Mayo and the Hawthorne Experiment

The experiments at the Hawthorne, Chicago plant of Western Electric are justly famous in the classic texts of social science. However, they remain largely unknown in the everyday world. A survey of   managers reveals that Hawthorne means nothing to many. Indeed, an online HR magazine recently included a reader’s question that asked if Hawthorn (sic) was fact or fiction! The results from the Hawthorne studies are an important input to understanding how to manage people.

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Reward Systems

Employment is the exchange of your time and effort for reward. We all have firm ideas of how that works, don’t we? The rewards of work vary widely though.

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