Seeing progress boosts your performance: In a recent study, students were paid to build Lego figurines called Bionicles. Every additional figurine earned a decreasing amount of money. Group one participants saw their Bionicles dismantled as soon as they were built. While told that their work would be disassembled at the end of the study, group two students placed each completed Bionicle on a desk before continuing onto the next one. Group two out-built group one, eleven to seven.
Seeing the visible indication of progress of accumulating Bionicles drove group one to keep building, even with diminishing monetary returns and knowledge of their Bionicles’ eventual disassembled fates.
Countless game, app, and website designers grasp this potency of visible progress. Managers can leverage that motivating effect by communicating progress to their team and showing how their work interacts to move the needle. Everyone gets a boost by showing their work, keeping track of and recording their accomplishments. Take time to reflect on and acknowledge how your work has progressed. All it takes is a pause to get the satisfying sight of all your own kind of accumulating Bionicles rather than letting them slip past you, unrecognized sources of fuel.