How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying is not only the snazzy title of a famous Broadway musical -- it's the holy grail of idle underachievers everywhere. I'm raising my hand here, because I'd sure as heck rather be having fun than working hard; and of course, I want to make a lot of money, too! It's the American way.
Silly as it may seem, our tax dollars are being spent to prove something everyone already knows: Lazy employees are more motivated to work by the dangling carrot of "fun" than are their more earnest counterparts. It's true, according to University of Illinois psychology professor Dolores Albarracín, who conducted the research with William Hart, of the University of Florida.