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Self-Employed Workers Are Happy Workers

 by Bennett Gordon


Tags: Politics, money, economy, self-employed, TED, Foreign Policy, Pew Research,

Working for the ManWorking for a successful company isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Self-employed workers in the United States are more satisfied with their jobs than other people, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center. They’re also more likely to work for intrinsic reasons, like improving society or “because they want to,” rather than for money.

Working for yourself has plenty of benefits, but money isn’t one of them. The same satisfied workers also reported feeling more financial stressed, possibly due to the lack of health care and pension plans provided by self-employment.

If governments change the health care structure, and provide more benefits for self-employed people, we could experience a self-sufficiency revival, according to Phillip Longman in Foreign Policy. In the current financial crisis, people are increasingly working for themselves, growing vegetables for local consumption or developing open-sourced software in their basements. This has the potential to restructure the entire economy for the better.

Working for reasons other than money can make people more productive, too. In a speech to TED, Dan Pink proposes a radical “rethinking how we run our businesses,” based on aspects other than money. In creative work, according to Pink, motivating people with money can actually lead to worse performance. Pink proposes a system where people are motivated more by intrinsic qualities, like “mastery,” “autonomy,” and “purpose,” rather than money. If the Pew Center survey is any indication, people will be a lot more satisfied, too.

You can watch a video of Pink’s talk below:

Source: Pew ResearchTEDForeign Policy 

Image by Tim Patterson, licensed under Creative Commons. 

oklanp
9/24/2009 3:22:07 AM

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lydia hirt
9/21/2009 3:06:56 PM

We’re also inspired and motivated by the work of Daniel Pink and appreciate your interest in the man behind the groundbreaking bestseller, A WHOLE NEW MIND. I’m excited to let you know that December 29 marks the release of Pink’s latest book, DRIVE. Bursting with big ideas, DRIVE is the rare book that will change how you think and transform how you live. Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people--at work, at school, at home. It's wrong. As Daniel H. Pink explains in his new and paradigm-shattering book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today's world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does--and how that affects every aspect of our lives. He demonstrates that while the old-fashioned carrot-and-stick approach worked successfully in the 20th century, it's precisely the wrong way to motivate people for today's challenges. In Drive, he reveals the three elements of true motivation: *Autonomy- the desire to direct our own lives *Mastery- the urge to get better and better at something that matters *Purpose- the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves We hope Daniel Pink’s DRIVE will open your eyes and change the way you think in 2010!


lydia hirt
9/21/2009 3:06:25 PM

We’re also inspired and motivated by the work of Daniel Pink and appreciate your interest in the man behind the groundbreaking bestseller, A WHOLE NEW MIND. I’m excited to let you know that December 29 marks the release of Pink’s latest book, DRIVE. Bursting with big ideas, DRIVE is the rare book that will change how you think and transform how you live. Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people--at work, at school, at home. It's wrong. As Daniel H. Pink explains in his new and paradigm-shattering book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today's world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does--and how that affects every aspect of our lives. He demonstrates that while the old-fashioned carrot-and-stick approach worked successfully in the 20th century, it's precisely the wrong way to motivate people for today's challenges. In Drive, he reveals the three elements of true motivation: *Autonomy- the desire to direct our own lives *Mastery- the urge to get better and better at something that matters *Purpose- the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves We hope Daniel Pink’s DRIVE will open your eyes and change the way you think in 2010!


tom hendricks
9/21/2009 11:46:59 AM

This may be the perfect place to introduce two new economic terms, the RED ECONOMY and the BLUE ECONOMY. Working for a big biz would be more red economy, working for yourself would be more blue economy. RED ECONOMY: It is the economy of business interests. It favors trickle down economic policies. It suggests that a rising economy is best for all. It favors the economy we have now. It is the economy that most of the mainstream media talks about. BLUE ECONOMY: It is the economy of the workers. It is also the economy of those not directly involved in the economy: children, students, part time employees, or out of work employees, retired citizens, etc. It favors trickle up economic policies or policies other than those of a free market. It does not favor the economy we have now. It is the economy that the mainstream media seldom talks about.