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Intrinsic Motivation in the Workplace: Factors & Examples

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Instructor: Shawn Grimsley
Intrinsic motivation is an essential management concept. In this lesson, you'll learn what intrinsic motivation is and some of its key concepts, illustrated by an example.

Intrinsic Motivation and Its Importance

Intrinsic motivation is an important means of motivating employees and occurs when a person finds a task interesting and derives satisfaction from performing it. The motivation comes from within you rather than being imposed upon you by external forces. It is often more effective than extrinsic motivation, which is often based upon rewards and punishments. Knowing how to effectively use intrinsic motivation will help make your employees more effective and increase their job satisfaction at the same time.

Key Concepts for Intrinsic Motivation

Psychologists argue you can only be completely effective if you feel autonomous and competent. In other words, you will only be intrinsically motivated if you feel you are competent at the task and have autonomy, or control, over it. A third component necessary for intrinsic motivation is having satisfying relationships with others at work.

Researchers have found the following techniques can help establish intrinsic motivation:

  • Acknowledging employee perspectives
  • Offering choices
  • Encouraging initiative
  • Giving meaningful feedback

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