Health Elf on a Shelf
Why do we do better when we have eyeballs on us?
You know that this is true. Intrinsic motivators are the strongest drivers, but we all do better when we know that someone is watching us.
The Elf on the Shelf is the penultimate example of the Big Brother Effect – or as behavioral psychologists call it – the Hawthorne Effect. It turns out that just the thought that someone could be watching drives better performance in any domain. If we know that we are accountable to another party, we simply do better.
Leverage this. Buddy up, hire a trainer, bet someone some money, rent a billboard, post it on FaceBook…plop an Elf on your shelf…whatever form feeds that innate need for consistency between pronouncement and performance – just do it.
We all need all the help we can get.
With eyes on you,
Dr. Stephen Franson