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Motivational Methods

By | October 2010
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Motivation is needed in the workforce to drive employees to continuously work hard for an employer. “Employee motivation is the level of energy, commitment, and creativity that a company's workers apply to their jobs. In the increasingly competitive business environment of recent years, finding ways to motivate employees has become a pressing concern for many managers. In fact, a number of different theories and methods of employee motivation have emerged, ranging from monetary incentives to increased involvement and empowerment” (Advameg, 2010). Different motivational techniques are required for different situations however every individual has basic needs that influence behavior.

Employee’s basic needs can be found within Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. The higher order of needs are things like a challenging and creative work environment, being active in the decision making process, and flexibility and independence on the job, otherwise known as self-actualization needs. Esteem needs are known as being responsible for an important duty or job, job promotion, and job adoration. The lower order of needs consist of social needs or having friendly fellow employees, customer interaction, and having a friendly boss. Safe working conditions, job security, and basic benefits and compensation make up the safety needs. Finally physiological needs which are consistent break times, being comfortable on the job, and reasonable work hours (Donald J. Lombardi and John R. Schermerhorn, 2007).

Motivational techniques need to be put together with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs in mind. Without proper motivation employees not only have no driving force the company suffers in the long run which directly reflects on the manager in charge of the team of employees. Setting goals gives employees something to work for instead of feeling as though only the company benefits form their hard work. As a manager it is essential to let the employees know what is expected and how...

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