Workplace Motivation: Theories, Types & Examples


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Why should managers make it a point to understand motivation?

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1. Which of the following best describes Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs theory of workplace motivation?

2. Katherine is a recruiter who extends an offer of employment for an IT manager position at her company to Walter. Walter says that he is pleased to have the opportunity to have a chance at a management roll, but he will be unable to take the position unless he is given another week of vacation in his offer. The additional vacation time that he is requesting is an example of _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet can help you gauge your knowledge of how to get employees motivated at work. In order to pass the quiz, you will need to identify different workplace motivation theories.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet can help you review:

  • Levels in Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs theory
  • Herzberg's two-factor model
  • Types of motivational factors

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related work motivation lesson
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the different types of motivational factors
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding levels in Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Additional Learning

To learn more about motivation in the workforce, review the lesson on Workplace Motivation: Theories, Types & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Determine what motivation is
  • Compare and contrast Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and Herzberg's two-factor model
  • Differentiate intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
  • Understand why it's important to know the theories of motivation in the workforce