King of my own castle: autonomy is the key to motivating employees

By Susan Muldowney

Behavioural scientists have long believed that peak human potential can be reached through a system of rewards and punishments commonly referred to as the carrot-and-stick approach. It’s a theory that likens a human being to a donkey hitched to a cart and is readily applied in business – if you exceed your budget, you’ll receive a bonus but if you fail to impress, you’d better watch your back.

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