How do we support and harm others

Petr Houdek was discussing the topic of monetary incentives on human behaviour in TEDx Talk . He presented results of experiments for supporting the idea that we can be more productive and effective, even when we do not recieve a money for our work. In some cases, if we offer money for participating in blood donation, the willingness to participate is smaller because the financial incentive is in conflict with our moral norms. He also presented the hypothesis that salary can be perceived by employees as a gift and based on reciprocal altruism, employees are trying to return this favour to employer. The role of expectations plays an important role in this case. Results of some experiments shows, that if our salary expectations are not fulfilled, we are trying to revenge to our employer and we are less productive.


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