Kathy Balsewicz

theories of motivation in the workplace

theory 1

two factors in motivating employees


1) hygiene factors- salaries, wages, good relationships, security of the job, balance between work and personal life, and condition of the work environment. Controlled hygiene factors result in general satisfaction and prevention of dissatisfaction.

All of these hygiene factors are important but they can really only help motivate employees for so long.

2) Motivational factors- Sense of achievement, recognition for good work, work that is challenging, responsibility, and opportunity for growth or promotion. Strong motivational factors cause high motivation, satisfaction, and commitment.

This theory makes a lot of sense. Sure a good work environment is important but people are constantly looking for ways to improve, and they will do better work if presented opportunity for growth.

theory 2

happiness at a job creates motivation

According to we all take our work a little bit too seriously.motivation for achievement is almost always driven by satisfaction in the workplace. Employers should make sure employees are satisfied with their work and purposefully try to have conversations with them about this. DO NOT just assume their happy with out asking, employees with act happy so they will keep their jobs.

I think this is fairly valid because as a student I always see people trying too hard to the point where they hate school. My mom is like that too and if something at work is bothering her she avoids dealing with it immediately.

survey answer based answers to the first five questions

Q) Can you describe a time when your work was criticized?

A) being criticized felt very demeaning.

Q) Have you ever been on a team where someone was not pulling their own weight? How did you handle it?

A) Just did my job and ignored the fact the other person wasn't trying.

Q) What attracts you to a company?

A) A people oriented, friendly work environment.

Q) When were you most satisfied with your job?

A) Being promoted somewhat quickly, getting higher pay

Q) If I were your supervisor and asked you to do something that you disagreed with, what would you do?

A) Do it anyway but suggest alternatives.

Answering The Big Question

Motivation= Happiness=Productivity?

I think this is very true. When I'm motivated to do things I generally get them done more efficiently. I would assume most people also work better when motivated to work.

Many articles by business people have supported this, as well as my own research. Possibility of prosperity has proven to be a cause of productivity. In general studies show that people motivated to work are happier due to their personal successes.