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Ch 7: Theories of Motivation

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The Theories of Motivation chapter of this Emotional Intelligence: Help & Review course is the simplest way to master theories of motivation. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of theories of motivation.

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Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a theories of motivation unit of a standard emotional intelligence course. Topics covered include:

  • Needs-based and behavior-based motivation
  • Alderfer's ERG theory and the Pygmalion Effect in workplace motivation
  • Employee empowerment in the workplace
  • Motivational theories of Herzberg, Vroom, Thorndike and Locke
  • Acquired needs and equity theories of motivation

16 Lessons in Chapter 7: Theories of Motivation
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Theories of Motivation: Instinct, Drive Reduction & Arousal

1. Theories of Motivation: Instinct, Drive Reduction & Arousal

Motivation is a word we've all heard: whether we're asked if we're feeling motivated or, even, what our motivations are. Where does the desire to do something come from? This lesson presents and explains three of the main theories on motivation.

Motivation Theory: Needs-Based & Behavior-Based

2. 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.

Reward Systems & Employee Behavior: Intrinsic & Extrinsic Rewards

3. 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.

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

4. 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.

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.

The Pygmalion Effect: Influencing Employee Behavior

6. 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

7. 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.

Acquired Needs Theory: Need for Achievement, Power & Affiliation

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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.

How to Empower Employees & Improve Employee Performance

13. 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.

Workplace Motivation: Theories, Types & Examples

14. Workplace Motivation: Theories, Types & Examples

Successful managers have employees who are motivated to perform at a high level. In this lesson, you'll learn what motivation is and how understanding motivation can help managers succeed.

Competence Motivation Theory: Definition & Examples

15. Competence Motivation Theory: Definition & Examples

Some motivation is biologically based, but that doesn't explain every drive. This lesson discusses how the idea of competence motivation theory came about due to the contributions of Robert W. White and Susan Harter.

Instant Gratification vs. Delayed Gratification

16. Instant Gratification vs. Delayed Gratification

Understanding the difference between instant gratification and delayed gratification can be an important way to make sense of different theories of motivation. This lesson helps you understand the distinction clearly.

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