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Ch 2: Theories of Motivation in the Workplace

About This Chapter

Enrich your corporate training events with these engaging videos covering leading theories of workplace motivation. Your managers will be able to build better teams and improve employee satisfaction as they absorb the principles taught here.

Theories of Motivation in the Workplace - Chapter Summary

Boost the effectiveness of your organization's satisfaction-building and reward strategies by having your managers work through these videos on theories of human motivation. Our instructors have filled this chapter with descriptions of the notable philosophies guiding businesses toward happier employees. The theories expounded here include:

  • Maslow's hierarchy of needs theory
  • Hertzbeg's two-factor theory
  • The equity theory of motivation
  • Vroom's expectancy theory
  • Thorndike's reinforcement theory
  • Locke's Goal-Setting Theory

Completing training on motivation theories is made easy in this set of videos; your managers will only need to find about 10 minutes to complete each lesson and its quiz. The memorable illustrations and quality instruction, however, will stick with them throughout the rest of their day, working in the background to solidify their understanding of how to create a workplace that encourages employees toward their best work. Screen the videos with your team for a great corporate training event.

How It Helps

  • Informs policy: Discussions about various reward schemes and motivational strategies will bear more effective fruit as managers apply time-proven theories to their good ideas.
  • Improves atmosphere: Management staff who apply active motivation strategies create workplaces filled with hard-working, satisfied employees.
  • Demystifies behavior: As your managers build understanding of human motivation, they will be more capable of addressing root causes of poor behavior and/or production, leading to effective reviews and conflict resolution.

Skills Covered

By the end of this chapter, managerial employees will be able to:

  • Understand the relationship between human needs and employee motivation through Maslow's hierarchy of needs
  • Apply the hygiene factors and the idea of satisfiers and motivators from Herzberg's two-factor theory to the workplace
  • Describe reward and effort correlation through the equity theory of motivation
  • Establish criterion which improve employee motivation as described by Vroom's expectancy theory
  • Correct negative behaviors and encourage positive ones through Thorndike's reinforcement theory
  • Use Locke's Goal-Setting Theory to establish motivating team goals

7 Lessons in Chapter 2: Theories of Motivation in the Workplace
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The Needs Theory: Motivating Employees with Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

1. The Needs Theory: Motivating Employees with Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Hunger, thirst, security, friendship, respect and being all that you can be are just some of the things that motivate us to take action. This lesson helps us to further understand these needs and how they motivate behavior by showing where they fall in Maslow's hierarchy of needs.

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

2. 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.

Equity Theory of Motivation: Reward & Effort

3. 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

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.

Thorndike's Reinforcement Theory: Using Consequences to Motivate Employees

5. 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

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.

Practical Application: Motivational Theories & Strategies Infographic

7. Practical Application: Motivational Theories & Strategies Infographic

Motivation is a key driver for employee achievement. But what drives motivation and what can managers do to increase motivation in team members? This infographic will take you through theories and strategies for motivating teams.

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