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Motivational Methods Paper
Kerri McCaughey
November 2, 2010
Professor Suwannee Srisatidnarakul, RN, MSN, CCRN

Motivational Methods Paper
Motivation most certainly plays a huge role in the workplace, therefore, it is imperative to understand fully the basic theories and methods, and of course how to apply these theories and methods to everyday workplace scenarios. These motivational skills and techniques will definitely play a key role for leaders and or managers, knowing how to motivate people in today’s workforce will provide job growth. Executive summary

According to The San Diego Business Journal motivating employees is the key issue for most managers; job discussions and training focus their managers on how to motivate their employees. With the proper motivation of their employees a much higher level of performance and productivity will occur, however, not every employee responds to the same motivation every individual responds differently to certain motivational techniques. In this assignment will be looking at different motivational techniques and approaches, the main question that a company whether it be large or small has is on how they motivate their employees, how does a particular technique work, and when to apply a certain technique and most certainly who they should apply this to? Motivation will increase innovation and productivity in a workplace. Motivation has a huge influence on productivity, every leader, manager, or supervisor must understand what particular motivational techniques to use on each employee in order to capitalize on the best performance of each and every employee. Each individual has his or her own set of values that life has given them; it is these values that a person has that will make them act differently in a particular motivational technique.

Motivational Behaviors
Motivational behaviors are unique and are voluntarily, which is used by each employee. The supervisor, manager, leader (motivator) needs to understand each employee and what motivational technique will motivate them best, in order to achieve the highest possible productivity from that employee. When employees are motivated, they pay more attention and put more effort into what they are doing in order to achieve the best possible outcome, therefore, motivation plays a huge role in the managerial tools, these motivational techniques or tools will help a company’s employees to increase productivity. Within today’s organizations the respective goals are usually quite clear and precise, every situation in every organization is different, motivation will either change or maintain a certain level (i.e. if it works do not fix it). The number one goal is to determine what motivational technique to use on what employee. The content approach assumes that certain individuals will be motivated to fulfill inner needs; therefore, content theories will be focused on the needs that motivate people. Maslow's hierarchy of needs theory is one of the content theories of motivation; this theory tries to explain what arouses or energizes certain behavior. Maslow will identify five human needs; these needs are physiological needs, social needs, self-esteem needs, security needs and self-actualization needs. The five needs are arranged in a hierarchy and are divided into higher order and lower order. So Maslow's theory can definitely assist supervisors, managers, or leaders in an organization to understand the needs of workers and contingent workers. The most powerful need is a need that has not yet been satisfied and it is this need that will motivate the employee to achieve its highest level. Salary and the working environment play a huge role in motivating an employee. Salaries play an important role especially in the first two stages of the hierarchy; we all need money to survive. Another theory is the Alderfer's ERG Theory; Alderfer has modified Maslow's hierarchy and has shortened...
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