Topics: Motivation, Employment, Incentive program Pages: 2 (667 words) Published: April 22, 2013


APRIL 15,2013 Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Karen Weaver

Motivation is defined as, “the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior.” Motivation is solution in individual life as well as the profession world. Motivation in the work place is greatly reliant on employers being able to recognize the desires and wants of their employees. When employers can value and assure an employee’s needs, the employee is more apt to perform well in their position. “The order of motivating factors was: (1) exciting work, (2) excellent wages, (3) complete appreciation of work prepared, (4) job security, (5) first-class working conditions, (6) promotions and increase in the organization, (7) feeling of being a part of things, (8) personal constancy to employees, (9) tactful punishment, and (10) compassionate help with personal issues.” An employee usually will want exciting work, excellent wages, and appreciation from superiors and peers.      Interesting work is most important to employees. Shockingly it outweighed salary as a motivating factor. The easiest way to discover what encourages and inspires an employee to do their best is to plainly ask the employee what their interests are and what they enjoy doing. I feel in my workplace what would enhance my motivation is that my hard work will stop being unnoticed. The supervisor in my case is that he doesn’t know much about the program but we make him look good because we are marketing the program and the community resources. Out of the two theories I would have to choose recognition and salary. In the text it talks about goals do positively influence performance—as long as they are designed properly....
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