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Motivation theory
Samantha Garza
PSY/320
November 27, 2012
Dr. David Wallace

Motivation theory
Every business company in the world today cannot survive without the help of its employee’s. Business owners hire employees to make sure their company is running smoothly, correctly, and properly. For a business to achieve all of its goals and to be successful, they have to make sure the employees are happy. Companies should always have fantastic motivation strategies in order for their employees. Employees will be more productive and happier when motivated and treated properly. While researching motivation, I have learned much more about how individuals are motivated. “Motivation is the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal and elicits, controls, and sustains certain goal directed behaviors. For instance: An individual has not eaten, he or she feels hungry, and as a response he or she eats and diminishes feelings for hunger,” Wikipedia, 2012. The Wikipedia also stated that, “there are many approaches to motivation: physiological, behavioral, cognitive, and social. Motivation may be rooted in a basic need to minimize physical pain and maximize pleasure, or it may include specific needs such as eating and resting, or for a desired object. Conceptually, motivation is related to, but distinct from, emotion.”(2012). Theories are different from each other, but in reality they all aim toward a goal of employee motivation and increased performance for overall productivity. To me, motivation is a willingness to learn something new, gain knowledge, the need to achieve, accomplish, and to be successful at anything. As an associate to a company with more than 4000 retail stores in the United States and more than two million associates, employees need to be more motivated to create better productivity. Wal-Mart is the leading retailer in the world, but it fails to make its employees happy. From personal experience, Wal-Mart treats...
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