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ID number:836823
Published: 16.07.2004.
Language: English
Level: Secondary school
Literature: 3 units
References: Not used

The process of motivation lately is heard more and more. In organisations it is important to know how to motivate the staff in right way.
Nowadays we have many motivation theories; they show us that there are many motives, which influence people’s behaviour and performance. The manager must judge the relevance of these different theories, how best draw upon them, and how they might effectively be applied in particular work situations. There are content and process motivation theories. Content theories – focus attention on the apparent needs drives and wants of individuals. Process theories – concentrate on the processes involved when individuals make decisions about things that they perceive as important to them.
Motivation always starts with how managers think about their people, because thoughts are powerful. People respond to managers’ expectations. If manager expect them to be successful, they will live up to his expectations. If he expects them to fail, they will!
Once one man said – “People have the freedom to be creative, a place that brings out the best in everybody. Open, fair places where people have a sense of what they do matters. And where that sense of accomplishment is rewarded in both the pocketbook and the soul.” I agree to this statement, because motivation has to involve the ‘soul’ and the pocket.
The Hawthorne Experiments prove that, when employees feel that they are important, and that the management values their work, they will produce high performance even if some aspects of working conditions are poor.

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