Why Should I Care about the Hawthorne Effect?

In this week's episode, Ricardo talks about the Hawthorne effect. Despite the rather unusual name, the effect is associated with changing our behavior whenever someone observes us.

He gives examples in our daily lives, such as the compliments our young children receive when they stay at other people's houses or when we watch programs like Big Brother.

Ricardo also talks about the Hawthorne effect in projects. When we are being observed while performing a task or measuring a specific result or parameter of the project, the tendency is to have our performance affected by the presence of someone watching.

Listen to this week's #5minpodcast to find out more.