The Workplace Revolution: Less Work, Assholes And Maslow's Pyramid

Joost Minnaar
Written by Joost Minnaar April 27, 2019

As explorers of radically engaging workplaces, we try to read all notable articles published on the topic. We read them, we rank them and we share them.

We share the most insightful ones. The ones that are vital content to fuel the global movement for better work. They inspired us and we hope they inspire you as well.

Here are our top 5 picks of this month. This should be your monthly workplace inspiration. Enjoy!

The $70,000-a-year minimum wage

(New York Times)

Dan Price

"Staff members gasped four years ago when Dan Price gathered the 120 employees at Gravity Payments, the company he had founded with his brother, and told them he was raising everyone’s salary to a minimum of $70,000, partly by slashing his own $1.1 million pay to the same level. Did Gravity succeed or crash?" Great piece by Nicholas Kristof.

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The benefit workers want most is less work

(Quartz at Work)

Less Work

"The quest to keep employees happy has spurred some employers to take a fast-fashion approach to perks, making cupcakes, or kombucha, or onsite CrossFit classes a must-have for some time—until the next big extraordinary benefit arrives. But all the creativity and trend-chasing may be unnecessary." Check out want workers want in this piece by Lila MacLellan.

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How to deal with a jerk without being a jerk

(New York Times)


"At some point in your work life, you’ve probably had to interact with a jerk. They’re the people who demean and disrespect you. They might steal credit for your successes, blame you for their failures, invade your privacy or break their promises, or bad-mouth you, scream at you and belittle you. As the organizational psychologist Bob Sutton puts it, they treat you like dirt, and either they don’t know it or they don’t care." How to deal with assholes at work? Read it in this piece by Adam Grant.

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The Workplace Revolution: Less Work, Assholes and Maslow's Pyramid
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Patagonia Is cracking down on making logo vests for wall street banks


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"Patagonia Inc. is cracking down on the corporate logo vests that have become wardrobe staples on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley. The outdoor gear maker won’t create the products for just anyone through its corporate sales program." Great and inspiring statement from one of our Patagonia.

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Who built Maslow's Pyramid?

(Academy of Management)


In this academic article authors Todd Bridgman, Stephen Cummings and John Ballard provide a history of the creation of management studies' most famous symbol and its implications for management education.

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Don't want to read the academic paper? Then watch this videoclip summarizing the research:

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