A new program of research has discovered a powerful motivator: the idea that "small wins" at work can increase your motivation, your productivity, and your work engagement and satisfaction. Small wins can include completing a significant assignment or part of an assignment, solving a vexing work-related problem, or getting positive recognition from a supervisor or colleague.
In their recent book, The Progress Principle, psychologists Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer discuss the program of research that discovered this powerful source of motivation, and, to their surprise, few supervisors or leaders were aware of the effect that small wins could have on motivation.
Interestingly, Amabile and Kramer discovered what the designers of video and computer games have known for years. People will become strongly motivated (and even "addicted") to games that allow a sense of small accomplishments: getting to the next level, finishing a challenging quest or task, solving a problem, or overcoming a foe.