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Motivation and Job Design

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Reflection: Motivation and Job Design

Why is it that a few decades ago people did not need as much motivation and were driven to work productively and efficiently even though the employees were most of the time taken advantage by their employer? Also, why is it that today’s employees have much better work conditions and incentives, but still need a form of motivation to get satisfying performance in their job? I do not have answers to these questions, but I know that people have different motivations than years ago. During the mid 20th century, the mere idea of having a job was enough to motivate an employee and receive a great performance from such. Nowadays, employers must spend a lot of time managing their employees in order to design jobs in function of there employees to receive a good outcome from their work. I believe that such a change in the level of motivation may be explained by the change in needs in a generation. The generation of the post-war period had the need to satisfy the needs of the lower part of Maslow’s pyramid such as physiological and safety. Therefore, these needs were easily satisfied by money and permitted the people to buy food, have shelter, and have feeling of safety. Today, most Canadians do not worry as much of not having food or a shelter as the middle class increased. However, they strive for to satisfy the higher needs on Maslow’s pyramid such as social, esteem, and self-actualization. These needs are not easily satisfied with an incentive such as money. Anyways, people already have incredible job conditions and a job safety since the creation of syndicated workplaces and laws. There has been a great evolution in the work areas, but I do not believe that people are more productive in their work because of their incentives. People have received so many incentives over the years, but what happens is that every time they receive something, they still ask for more. Employees want to work less and receive more, but that is not...