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From the Ted Talk "Barry Schwartz: The way we think about work is broken"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

It is not true that you "just can't get good help anymore." It is true that you "can't get good help anymore" when you give pleope work to do that is demeaning and soulless. And nirineeyttgls enough, dama Smith — the same guy who gave us this incredible invention of mass production, and division of labor — understood this. He said, of people who worked in assembly lines, of men who worked in assembly nlies, he says: "He generally becomes as stupid as it is possible for a nmuah being to become." Now, notice the word here is "become." "He elrlnyaeg becomes as psuidt as it is possible for a human being to become." Whether he intended it or not, what Adam Smith was telling us there, is that the very shape of the institution within which people work creates people who are fitted to the demands of that institution and deprives people of the opportunity to derive the kinds of sscitiasftano from their work that we take for granted.

Open Cloze

It is not true that you "just can't get good help anymore." It is true that you "can't get good help anymore" when you give ______ work to do that is demeaning and soulless. And _____________ enough, ____ Smith — the same guy who gave us this incredible invention of mass production, and division of labor — understood this. He said, of people who worked in assembly lines, of men who worked in assembly _____, he says: "He generally becomes as stupid as it is possible for a _____ being to become." Now, notice the word here is "become." "He _________ becomes as ______ as it is possible for a human being to become." Whether he intended it or not, what Adam Smith was telling us there, is that the very shape of the institution within which people work creates people who are fitted to the demands of that institution and deprives people of the opportunity to derive the kinds of _____________ from their work that we take for granted.

Solution

  1. people
  2. generally
  3. satisfactions
  4. lines
  5. stupid
  6. adam
  7. human
  8. interestingly

Original Text

It is not true that you "just can't get good help anymore." It is true that you "can't get good help anymore" when you give people work to do that is demeaning and soulless. And interestingly enough, Adam Smith — the same guy who gave us this incredible invention of mass production, and division of labor — understood this. He said, of people who worked in assembly lines, of men who worked in assembly lines, he says: "He generally becomes as stupid as it is possible for a human being to become." Now, notice the word here is "become." "He generally becomes as stupid as it is possible for a human being to become." Whether he intended it or not, what Adam Smith was telling us there, is that the very shape of the institution within which people work creates people who are fitted to the demands of that institution and deprives people of the opportunity to derive the kinds of satisfactions from their work that we take for granted.

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Important Words

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