The book The Progress Principe provides compelling evidence for the motivational impact of experiencing progress in meaningful work (read an introduction to the book here). The book shows how positive events on workdays contribute to a positive work experience and to a better performance. Workday events that positively impact experience and performance are the experience of progress in meaningful work, catalysts (events that directly help performance) and nourishers (interpersonal events that uplift people doing the work). Workday events that negatively impact experience are the experience of regress/setbacks, inhibitors (the opposite of catalysts) and toxins (the opposite of nourishers).

 

The book contains a figure which beautifully illustrates how the relative impact of these factors is:

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