People are complex, of course, and there are many intervening variables that impact that great human dynamic called motivation.,Many a business executive has sought to improve everything from performance to retention to creativity by primarily using extrinsic rewards or incentives.,For some jobs extrinsic motivation is as good as it gets.,While teaching at a prominent university, I was asked to deliver my course, Motivation Management, to a group of employees at a leading corporation.,He and Veronica Baard, a former managing director responsible for HR at a major international investment banking firm, head up Baard Consulting LLC, a firm in the greater Boston area, focusing on motivation, conflict reduction, and team building.

Research reveals that actually, daily workplace experiences impact job satisfaction.,[i] They began by recognizing prior research establishing self-determination theory (SDT), which holds that the satisfaction of basic psychological needs such as competence, relatedness, and autonomy in a workplace setting creates the foundation for commitment, as well as autonomous (which is the opposite of controlled) regulation, or intrinsic motivation, which boosts a feeling of well-being.,They believed that employees who are strongly committed to their jobs would be more likely to feel autonomous regulation or intrinsic motivation at work, which would likely to translate into flow experiences.,They further adopted a definition of work engagement as synonymous with concepts such as "employee engagement, job engagement, role engagement, or personal engagement.",Your Job as Your Home Away From Home

Given the significant amount of time people spend on the job, this research seems to suggest that workplace structure can indeed contribute to satisfaction, and that a positive workplace experience involves much more than merely going through the motions. read more

But she says the real challenge in her family is screen time.,“To get them to be healthy, we have to keep fighting their screen time urge.”,Pat Jesten says she feels comfortable with the screen time her teenage son Chris gets.,When it comes to the right amount of screen time, exercise, and sleep, research published this month in JAMA Pediatrics finds only 5% of teens are meeting guidelines, and girls are less likely to do so than boys.,All children between the ages of 6 and 18 should get at least 1 hour of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise a day, and should limit screen time and exposure to all screen-based digital media to less than 2 hours in a 24-hour period.

GOSHEN — The pilot of a plane who died in a crash near Goshen Thursday was an auto dealership owner in Middlebury, a community booster and an aviator with a history of volunteering his aircraft to fly sick children to hospitals.,Neal Myers, 55, was killed when his plane struck a high-tension power line and went down in a field about 500 yards west of C.R. 33, between C.R. 42 and C.R. 40, east of Goshen Municipal Airport around 8:10 p.m. Thursday, Elkhart County Sheriff Jeff Siegel said.,MYERS REMEMBERED Middlebury Town Manager Mary Cripe called Friday “a sad day here in Middlebury,” as she and others grieved the loss of Myers.,Joe Caffee, president and CEO of First State Bank in Middlebury, believed Myers easily ranked as a pillar of the town.,Myers was also an avid pilot who volunteered his time and skills to transport children with illnesses to hospitals, Caffee pointed out.

It's an employee's market out there now so there's reason for concern but, if they do it right, small business owners can compete for talent better than ever before.,This is actually positive news for business owners, especially when hiring employees under the age of 40.,This is where small business owners can get creative, finding ways to better engage employees with a culture that supports their professional and personal goals.,In other good news for small business owners, verbal recognition goes a long way for today's employees.,Small business owners tend to believe that since they cannot afford these benefits, they also cannot afford the employees who rely on them.

At the risk of being one of those “back-in-my-day,” trouser-hiking curmudgeons, the sports landscape I left as a high schooler and the one that exists today are as different as the hype surrounding super game I and super game LIII . . . see?,Certainly some of the programs at area high schools are solid and a few even very strong, dare I say, perennial playoff contenders.,And before we get any further along, this is in no way a knock on the coaches or athletes at any of the four Fairfield high schools.,In comparison to the – I’m going to guess somewhere upwards of hundreds – of businesses supporting local youth leagues and high schools decades ago, teams today have to scrape together what little funding they can to keep their teams afloat.,The change is that high school teams are the parent club, anchored in a community like a pro team and supported by youth teams like minor leagues.

Sports bars across Macomb County were filled Sunday with fans munching on hot chicken wings, drinking cold beer and enjoying the spectacle known as Super Bowl LIII.,+2 

Debbie Graham was multi-tasking during the Super Bowl, shooting some pool while keep track of the game.,She said the club received word Saturday that a few more people were coming up to Kapone's for the Super Bowl, so she and her staff stayed after closing Saturday to prepare.,DAVE ANGELL -- FOR THE MACOMB DAILY  read more

For all the speculative capital pouring into the city from China and elsewhere, the L.A. area suffers the highest levels of crowding, the greatest levels of poverty, the least affordable housing, the lowest homeownership rates and the second-largest concentration of homeless in the nation.,Gentrification is a function of real estate speculation

Compared to other more traditional cities, such as New York or Chicago, multi-polar L.A.’s gentrification reflects less organic development than massive real estate speculation, supported by public dollars and policy.,In a new report on gentrification nationwide co-authored with Karla Lopez del Rio and Chapman University researcher  Kenneth Murphy, released by the Center for Opportunity Urbanism, barely 1 percent of the city of Los Angeles has gentrified, mostly around downtown.,In 2015, a real estate firm littered downtown L.A.’s Arts District with a “Why Rent Downtown When You Could Own in Boyle Heights?”,If Garcetti wants to make a case for L.A.’s future, not to mention his, he needs to refocus urban policy away from real estate speculation and gentrification to one that serves the need of most middle- and working-class Angelenos. read more

There's a good chance that this stalemate is the result of two high-powered agents waiting for the other to make the first move, in an everlasting game of brinkmanship.,Now it can be told: the 30 reasons why every major-league team isn't signing Harper or Machado.,Baltimore Orioles: The whole reason Harper and Machado are such attractive free agents is that they're young enough to remain stars for years to come.,New York Mets: Sure, Robinson Cano is 10 years older, not as good as Harper or Machado, and costs a ton in his own right.,San Francisco Giants: Garlic fries are a staple at AT&T Park, and Giants owners swear Harper and Machado are vampires.

For all the speculative capital pouring into the city from China and elsewhere, the L.A. area suffers the highest levels of crowding, the greatest levels of poverty, the least affordable housing, the lowest homeownership rates and the second-largest concentration of homeless in the nation.,Gentrification is a function of real estate speculation

Compared to other more traditional cities, such as New York or Chicago, multi-polar L.A.’s gentrification reflects less organic development than massive real estate speculation, supported by public dollars and policy.,In a new report on gentrification nationwide co-authored with Karla Lopez del Rio and Chapman University researcher  Kenneth Murphy, released by the Center for Opportunity Urbanism, barely 1 percent of the city of Los Angeles has gentrified, mostly around downtown.,In 2015, a real estate firm littered downtown L.A.’s Arts District with a “Why Rent Downtown When You Could Own in Boyle Heights?”,If Garcetti wants to make a case for L.A.’s future, not to mention his, he needs to refocus urban policy away from real estate speculation and gentrification to one that serves the need of most middle- and working-class Angelenos. read more