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Ch 12: Motivation in the Workplace: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Motivation in the Workplace chapter of this Introduction to Management Help and Review course is the simplest way to master workplace motivation. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of motivation in the workplace.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help understanding introductory management material will benefit from taking this course. You will be able to grasp the subject matter faster, retain critical knowledge longer and earn better grades. You're in the right place if you:

  • Have fallen behind in understanding motivational theory and employee reward systems.
  • Need an efficient way to learn about motivation in the workplace.
  • Learn best with engaging auditory and visual tools.
  • Struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD.
  • Experience difficulty understanding your teachers.
  • Missed class time and need to catch up.
  • Can't access extra management learning resources at school.

How it works:

  • Start at the beginning, or identify the topics that you need help with.
  • Watch and learn from fun videos, reviewing as needed.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Submit questions to one of our instructors for personalized support if you need extra help.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Motivation in the Workplace chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Motivation in the Workplace chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any relevant question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:

  • What are the behavior-based and needs-based theories of motivation?
  • What influence does the Pygmalion Effect have on employee behavior?
  • What major theories are used to explain employee motivation?
  • How do managers use extrinsic and intrinsic reward systems?
  • What are the different types of job redesign?
  • How can managers empower employees, and what are the benefits?
  • What are some options for job flexibility?

24 Lessons in Chapter 12: Motivation in the Workplace: Help and Review
Motivation Theory: Needs-Based & Behavior-Based

1. Motivation Theory: Needs-Based & Behavior-Based

There are two schools of thought used to explain employee motivation in the workplace. Needs-based theory states that employees have certain needs that must be met in order to be motivated to perform. Behavior-based theory believes motivating factors influence behavior towards work.

The Pygmalion Effect: Influencing Employee Behavior

2. The Pygmalion Effect: Influencing Employee Behavior

Setting expectations for employee performance and behavior is one of the primary responsibilities of management. This lesson defines the Pygmalion Effect and describes how it is used to influence employee behavior.

Herzberg's Two-Factor Theory: Hygiene Factors & Motivation

3. Herzberg's Two-Factor Theory: Hygiene Factors & Motivation

This lesson describes Frederick Herzberg's two-factor theory, which is based on the idea of how hygiene factors and satisfiers or motivators are used to provide satisfaction to employees in work environments.

Alderfer's ERG Theory & Employee Motivation in the Workplace

4. Alderfer's ERG Theory & Employee Motivation in the Workplace

Alderfer's ERG theory is a simplified version of Maslow's hierarchy of needs that suggests that all human needs can be accessed and satisfied simultaneously, rather than from the bottom up. Either way, as needs are satisfied, employees are motivated to strive to satisfy a new need.

Acquired Needs Theory: Need for Achievement, Power & Affiliation

5. Acquired Needs Theory: Need for Achievement, Power & Affiliation

Do you act out of a need for achievement, power or affiliation? This lesson describes the acquired needs theory and how one of the three types of needs affect us more than the others.

Equity Theory of Motivation: Reward & Effort

6. Equity Theory of Motivation: Reward & Effort

Have you ever noticed that some employees seem to work harder than others for the same reward? Why does that happen? This lesson explains how equity theory is used by managers to motivate employees by providing a high reward for equivalent efforts on part of the employee.

Vroom's Expectancy Theory of Employee Motivation

7. Vroom's Expectancy Theory of Employee Motivation

Finding the right equation for motivating employees can be challenging. This lesson explains how expectancy theory is used to motivate employees by increasing the motivation to act based on a set of specific criteria.

Thorndike's Reinforcement Theory: Using Consequences to Motivate Employees

8. Thorndike's Reinforcement Theory: Using Consequences to Motivate Employees

In the workplace, there are levels of acceptable behavior. As a manager, it is important to use appropriate techniques that reinforce acceptable behavior and deter inappropriate behavior. This lesson describes how reinforcement theory is used to influence employee behavior through consequences.

Locke's Goal-Setting Theory: Using Goals to Advance Motivation

9. Locke's Goal-Setting Theory: Using Goals to Advance Motivation

Locke's Goal-Setting Theory uses clear and challenging goals to advance employee motivation in the workplace. Goals that are well defined and challenging to attain are more likely to be met because they hold intrinsic and extrinsic value to the employee.

Reward Systems & Employee Behavior: Intrinsic & Extrinsic Rewards

10. Reward Systems & Employee Behavior: Intrinsic & Extrinsic Rewards

Have you ever wondered why some employees are more motivated than others to work at a higher level of productivity? This lesson explains how managers use intrinsic and extrinsic rewards to reinforce positive employee behavior.

Types of Job Redesign: Job Enrichment, Enlargement & Rotation

11. Types of Job Redesign: Job Enrichment, Enlargement & Rotation

Managers must be aware of ways to increase employee motivation. This lesson describes the various ways to redesign a job to encourage employees, including job enrichment, job enlargement and job rotation.

How to Empower Employees & Improve Employee Performance

12. How to Empower Employees & Improve Employee Performance

Empowered employees have the potential to reach high levels of productivity because they feel in control of their jobs. This lesson will describe how a manager can empower an employee to motivate employee performance.

Job Flexibility in the Workplace

13. Job Flexibility in the Workplace

It's tough to find the right balance between work and life, but many employers are helping to make that task a little easier. Watch this lesson to learn about job flexibility in the workplace, including flextime, a compressed workweek, and telecommuting.

Equity Theory of Motivation in Management: Definition & Examples

14. Equity Theory of Motivation in Management: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn the fundamental principles of John Stacey Adams' equity theory and understand how it can affect the workplace. You will also be able to test your knowledge with a quiz.

David McClelland's Theory of Motivation: Overview

15. David McClelland's Theory of Motivation: Overview

In this lesson, you'll learn about David McClelland and his acquired needs theory of motivation. You will have an opportunity to reinforce your knowledge with a short quiz after the lesson.

Douglas McGregor's Motivation & Management Theories

16. Douglas McGregor's Motivation & Management Theories

Douglas McGregor proposed two theories about employee motivation based on two very different sets of assumptions that managers hold towards workers. Learn more about the assumptions and validity of McGregor's employee motivation theories, and take a quiz to test your knowledge.

Employee Behavior: Definition, Issues & Expectations

17. Employee Behavior: Definition, Issues & Expectations

Employee behavior can either help or hurt an organization. In this lesson, we'll explore the definition of employee behavior, as well as employer expectations and some of the issues that arise in the workplace.

Growth Need: Definition & Concept

18. Growth Need: Definition & Concept

A growth need is an important concept behind Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs. In this lesson, you will learn about growth needs and how they fit into Maslow's hierarchy. You will be given an opportunity to reinforce your knowledge with a brief quiz.

Hygiene Factors: Definition & Explanation

19. Hygiene Factors: Definition & Explanation

Hygiene factors are part of Frederick Herzberg's theory of motivation. In this lesson, you'll learn what hygiene factors are and the key concepts behind them. A short quiz follows the lesson.

Intrinsic Motivation in the Workplace: Factors & Examples

20. Intrinsic Motivation in the Workplace: Factors & Examples

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.

Motivating Employees in the Workplace: Methods & Importance

21. Motivating Employees in the Workplace: Methods & Importance

Motivation is a key task all managers must master. In this lesson, you'll learn about the primary methods of motivating employees and why it's important to do so. You'll be given an opportunity to reinforce your knowledge with a short quiz after the lesson.

Pygmalion Effect: Definition & Examples

22. Pygmalion Effect: Definition & Examples

The Pygmalion effect is a psychological principle that has relevance to effectively managing people. In this lesson, you will learn what the Pygmalion effect is, some key concepts behind it and review an examples that relates this concept to the workplace. A short quiz follows the lesson.

Reinforcement Theory in the Workplace: Definition & Examples

23. Reinforcement Theory in the Workplace: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about reinforcement theory as it applies to the workplace and be provided some examples to illustrate the theory. You will also have an opportunity to reinforce your knowledge with a short quiz.

Motivational Activities for Teachers

24. Motivational Activities for Teachers

Teachers sometimes lose enthusiasm and need help getting back on track. The activities in this lesson will help motivate teachers to succeed in the classroom.

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