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Motivational Techniques in the Workplace Study Seeks Participants


Dr. David Gray, a visiting assistant professor from Oklahoma State University, is looking for Lancaster-area participants for a research study into experiences with workplace motivational techniques and ‘wellness’ programs.

The study invites responses from workers who have participated in motivational activities while at work and from managers who have designed or implemented them.

Dr. Gray, who teaches in the American Studies Program at OSU, is currently completing a book about motivational propaganda campaigns in the twentieth-century American workplace. His new study shifts attention to how recent developments in motivational techniques are impacting work in the United States and the U.K. today. Among the motivational practices explored in the study are videos, posters, literature, team-building sessions, away days, wearable self-tracking devices, and online motivational tools.

To take part in the study, individuals are invited to complete this 10-minute survey:

Respondents can indicate in the survey whether they would like to participate in an interview. Interviews will take place in Lancaster in June.

If you wish to know more about the study or about taking part, please e-mail Dr. Gray at