5 Bizarre Psychological Drivers Candidates Look For In Your Company

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As we usher in the new year still hungover from festive spirits, many people are going to be passively open to new job opportunities within and beyond their current industry. This means more people are going to have their eyes open at job listings.

How can you make your company stand out apart from the salary offered? Here are 5 bizarre psychological drivers to adopt in your company to impress candidates:

  1. A Generous CEO

Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price did it. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, took the plunge. Even Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, proclaimed his headline-making decision last week. Mr. Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, MD, shared news that they would give 99 percent of their Facebook shares — which is worth approximately $45 billion — to philanthropy.

What was it that these CEOs did? They demonstrated an exceptional degree of generosity.

Stories of generous bosses are undoubtedly feel-good tales. As human beings, we want to receive positive, happy news. Evidence of this has been proven by professors at Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania. They analysed thousands of New York Times articles and found two characteristics that determined the popularity of a given company: “How positive the company is and how much it excited the employee.”

2. Joy!

It is important to embrace the idea that there’s value to experiencing joy at work. The work environment should be safe and playful, which energises and unleashes creativity. Employees can pick up on the joy others are experiencing and share in it. Customers can feel it and be attracted to joyful environments.

Joy, like love, can be taboo in the office. But there is undeniable value to having joy in the workplace – and life, in general!

3. Wellness-focused Interior Design 

Ergonomic furniture drives a fundamental shift from a negative to a positive mindset and it has had a profound effect on the way we design offices. It is the main reason why more and more organisations in the UK are specifying height adjustable desks as well as chairs. But it is also why so many office designs are focussed on improving the wellbeing of people in holistic ways.

This can range from the direct such as the provision of daylight and fresh air to the subtle, such as signs of a working culture that encourages movement, interaction and taking proper breaks. There is now “overwhelming evidence” for the ways in which office design significantly impacts the health, happiness, wellbeing and productivity of people.

4. Flexible Working Hours

Plenty of evidence suggests that cutting back on hours can have substantial benefits, and not just because people are usually happier when they work less. If done right, shortening the workday can also boost productivity.

People who work too much are more likely to gain weight, fall short on sleep, get in car accidents, suffer workplace injuries and develop stress-related illnesses. And as fatigue sets in at the end of a long day, risks go up for eyestrain, headaches and muscle pain, while mistakes become more common.

Work less, do more: It’s an appealing idea that’s becoming reality for a growing number of people in Sweden, where some companies are shortening their workdays from eight hours to six or even fewer.

5. Room For Mistakes

Perfectionism might sound like a positive attribute — but in reality, it can sabotage your chances of success. According to psychologist Alice Boyes, perfectionists often use up all their willpower until they’re psychologically and emotionally exhausted. Then it’s hard for them to continue working on a task.

If you notice perfectionistic tendencies in yourself, Boyes suggests coming up with specific warning signs that you’ve persisted too long on something and it’s time to take a break.

Content adapted from

  • http://workplaceinsight.net/essential-workplace-design-trends-to-keep-an-eye-on-in-2016/
  • http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/the-case-for-optimism-in-the-workplace/article27942799/
  • http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/hospital-management-administration/why-we-re-so-intrigued-by-generous-ceos.html
  • http://news.discovery.com/human/can-a-6-hour-workday-work-151009.htm
  • http://www.businessinsider.sg/how-we-sabotage-our-own-success-at-work-2015-8/?r=US&IR=T#.VoS_ycB96mE

Cover photo: fortune.com

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