Hawthorne Effect. This story starts with an experiment in a Western Electric factory outside Chicago. The objective was to see if workers could increase their
productivity with higher or lower levels of light . And actually a productivity gain occurred during the experiment, but not because of the conditions of light, as was established in the hypothesis. It was a motivational effect on the workers as a result of the interest being shown in them. They worked better because someone was paying attention to them.
So the Hawthorn effect is a form of reaction that modified an aspect of the
behavior by addressing an inner need. What does this show us about human nature? What does this tells us about our needs? Feeling noticed, relevant and special is fundamental for our well -being. This form of inter-personal motivation can also improve a person’s performance and increase productivity just by the fact that the person will be recognized by others . It is not only a material reward, money doesn’t always matter that much if it is not accompanied by the respect of others. It could literally transform someone with an average performance into a top achiever.
Attention, recognition and significance generate a powerful force inside human beings. This force is called pride, and it is a positive emotion that motivates us to deliver our best and perform at our highest potential. Itis a force that increases our self-confidence and helps us to believe in our capacities. If you are a parent, you will agree that this is a great notion to use with your own children.
So, it is not only about paying attention to the ones that surround you. The magic occurs when you are totally honest and you do demonstrate that you are paying attention, that you are aware of the difference they are making. To demonstrate it you can do something like congratulate, celebrate, show your appreciation, pay someone a compliment, express admiration or say “thank you”.
Be honest, be generous and make this practice a habit. It will help you start a virtuous ciycle in your life. When you make someone’s day it has a boomerang effect and sooner or later it will come back to you. And when you least expect it, you will be surrounded by people in bloom.