"When you don’t feel psychology safe within your workplace, a team’s success rate drastically diminishes. Individuals are afraid to ask questions or challenge dominant group-think."
The article cites a study by Google showing the most successful teams were the ones with a sense of psychological safety. This factor trumped high collective IQ by a large margin.
Want great performance from knowledge workers? Asking them to do their best is the biggest motivator.
"If you want to motivate employees, stop following your instincts and adopt a data-driven approach."
The advice here isn't new, but given that 85% of Fortune 1000 companies surveyed admit employee motivation drops sharply after 6 months on the job, it's worth revisiting what science knows about the best way to manage people.