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Ch 6: Employee Motivation, Satisfaction & Commitment

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This user-friendly chapter on employee satisfaction, commitment and motivation makes it easy for you to finish your homework or get ready for a test. The video lessons provided here are short and created by experienced instructors for your review.

Employee Motivation, Satisfaction & Commitment - Chapter Summary

When you work through this engaging chapter, you can study employee commitment, motivation and satisfaction. Additional topics include the theories and methods associated employee motivation and Frederick Herzberg's theory of motivation. Because it's important to be able to study whenever you'd like, these learning resources are accessible 24 hours a day on your mobile device or computer. Once you complete this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Present the connections between employee motivation, cognitive evaluation theories and self-determination
  • Detail the expectancy theory of employee motivation by Vroom
  • Discuss Alderfer's EFT theory and employee workplace motivation
  • Use goals to advance motivation per Locke's goal-setting theory
  • Outline the management and motivation theories of Douglas McGregor
  • Identify the role human resources plays in fostering employee motivation
  • Explain some of the incentives and reward systems used in employee motivation programs
  • Describe the factors that lead to employee satisfaction
  • Understand the metrics used in human resources for employee satisfaction

11 Lessons in Chapter 6: Employee Motivation, Satisfaction & Commitment
What Is Employee Motivation? - Theories, Methods & Factors

1. What Is Employee Motivation? - Theories, Methods & Factors

Motivated employees are essential to the success of an organization. In this lesson, you'll learn about some theories of motivation, methods and factors to consider. You'll have a chance to take a short quiz after the lesson.

Self-determination & Cognitive Evaluation Theories: Employee Motivation

2. Self-determination & Cognitive Evaluation Theories: Employee Motivation

In this lesson, you will learn about the self-determination theory and Cognitive Evaluation Theory of motivation. Find out how the principles of these theories can explain employee motivation in the workplace.

Frederick Herzberg's Theory of Motivation: Overview

3. Frederick Herzberg's Theory of Motivation: Overview

Frederick Herzberg's theory of motivation identifies two sets of factors that cause an employee to experience job satisfaction or dissatisfaction. Learn more about Herzberg's two-factor theory of motivation and take a quiz to test your knowledge.

Vroom's Expectancy Theory of Employee Motivation

4. 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.

Alderfer's ERG Theory & Employee Motivation in the Workplace

5. 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.

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

6. 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.

Douglas McGregor's Motivation & Management Theories

7. 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.

Role of HR in Fostering Employee Motivation

8. Role of HR in Fostering Employee Motivation

This lesson describes the role of human resource teams and managers in fostering employee motivation. Using an HR manager as an example, this lesson discusses several ways human resources can increase and maintain employee motivation.

Employee Motivation Programs: Incentives and Reward Systems

9. Employee Motivation Programs: Incentives and Reward Systems

Every individual is motivated by different things. Money, awards or even just public praise are all parts of motivation. In this lesson, we will dig a little deeper and look at the forms of incentive and rewards programs.

What Is Employee Satisfaction? - Examples & Factors

10. What Is Employee Satisfaction? - Examples & Factors

In this lesson we will discuss employee satisfaction. Do you know why employers care about satisfaction, and what impact it has on business results? Do you know how to measure it for your workplace? Learn what it is, how to measure it, and how to increase it.

Strategic Human Resource Metrics: Employee Satisfaction

11. Strategic Human Resource Metrics: Employee Satisfaction

We will focus on the various measurements human resource managers and leaders can use to determine employee satisfaction within an organization. Some of the measurements the lesson will focus on include employee satisfaction with development and engagement or satisfaction rating.

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