The Inherent Motivation to Work Productively: A Brief Look at Employee Ownership and Industrial History  - CLEO Skip to main content


Until the industrial revolution, work was performed in the U.S. (outside of the slave economy) by individuals who had direct and obvious motivation to maximize the quantity and quality of their production. The industrial revolution led to dramatic changes in these motivational relationships. Modern employee ownership may present an opportunity to restore these healthy motivational relationships.