Ch 10: Motivation in the Workplace

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Watch video lessons on motivation in the workplace to learn about how managers can encourage and motivate employees. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

Motivation in the Workplace - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Motivation can be pretty hard to inspire in yourself, so how do you go about motivating others? This is an important issue for business managers to tackle. In these lessons, you'll learn about different motivational philosophies and how to implement them.

To begin with, you'll be given a definition of 'motivation' in a management context. You'll also be introduced to needs-based and behavior-based motivation, the two schools of thought on motivation theory. Additionally, you'll learn what the 'Pygmalion effect' is and how it's used to influence employee behavior.

Motivation theories by Herzberg, Vroom, Thorndike and Alderfer are also explored. Different theories covered in these lessons include the acquired needs, equity, goal-setting, reinforcement and expectancy theories. These management-centered lessons on motivation also include information on reward systems that reinforce positive employee behavior, both extrinsic and intrinsic reward systems. You'll also learn about job enrichment and job rotation, which are just two of the ways that managers can redesign jobs to encourage their employees.

Other motivation strategies that are discussed in these lessons include techniques through which managers can empower their employees to encourage good performance. Finally, you'll learn about job flexibility. Introducing flexibility can be a good way to motivate. Managers can accomplish this by allowing workers to take advantage of flextime, telecommuting, job sharing and a compressed workweek.

13 Lessons in Chapter 10: Motivation in the Workplace
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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.

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