Professor Ariely's recommendations seem to be meant mainly for managers and supervisors, yet it's obvious that the human needs he has investigated have importance for those of us who work for others too. If you want to be happy and successful at work then you must try to identify someone to work for who will have the sense to acknowledge what you do for them. Your own 'passion' for what you do might not be enough to sustain you.
What can you do?
- When you're in a job interview ask the person who will be your likely supervisor what she does when people finish tasks and projects.
- You should be asking for an opportunity to meet future colleagues. (Be wary if prospective employers are unwilling to do this in a second interview.) Ask them what happens when they finish tasks and projects. Ask them how they are likely to feel about starting the next project.
I can't offer you scientific evidence for this advice at this point but you might get some worthwhile feedback, even if it is somewhat guarded.