What Is Motivation In Management? - Definition, Process & Types


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After their annual performance reviews, Stacy tells her coworker, Rachel, her new salary. Rachel is furious to find out that Stacy, who has only been at the company for one year, is now making just as much money as she is because Stacy is always gossiping instead of working. Rachel's reaction is an example of which motivational theory?

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1. Which of the following is an outcome of highly motivated employees in the workplace?

2. According to Maslow's hierarchy of needs, Harold, who is motivated and rewarded for his hard work, finds his needs met at the _____ level of the pyramid, while Rob, who just has a job for employment, finds his needs met at the _____ level of the pyramid.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo is designed to evaluate your understanding of motivating employees. Some of the information that you will be assessed on includes the meaning of equity theory and types of motivational theories.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Types of motivational theories
  • Benefits of having motivated employees
  • Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
  • How equity theory is applied in the workplace

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and the needs it outlines
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define equity theory
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on motivating employees

Additional Learning

To learn more about motivating employees, review the accompanying lesson. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the meaning of motivation
  • Describe motivation in management
  • Discuss how managers can motivate employees
  • Identify and describe the various motivational theories
  • Explain Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs