Motivation Project

Griffin Schuster

Driving Question


My Opinion

I believe that happiness and motivation should be switched. I believe if a person is happy they will be motivated which will equal productivity. Therefore I believe that HAPPINESS=MOTIVATION=PRODUCTIVITY.
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If I owned a business, I would make sure my employees were given breakfast each morning, because I found that 9 out of 10 people say this would help with keeping them motivated and on track in the morning. Another driving factor to motivation is keeping people happy. I found that with happiness comes motivation. Keeping your employees happy is key but boring them with seminars may make things even worse. In my survey I found that 8 out of every 10 people believe seminars do not help motivation.
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Motivational Theories

Maslow's Hierarchy of needs is my first motivational theory. This is his hierarchy of needs below in the picture. I have found that most people believe this theory to be true. The theory states that you must fulfill the lower level needs before you can reach self-actualization. Maslow's Hierarchy also states that everyone is capable of reaching self-actualization.

This Theory is from Abraham Maslow.

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My opinion on the Hierarchy of Needs

I learned about the hierarchy of needs in AP Psychology this year and I found it very interesting. I find the pyramid model to be very true as you must fulfill the lower levels before you can reach self-actualization. However, I do not believe everyone can reach the top as some people cannot control the love/belonging section do to poverty or deaths.

Motivational Theories

My second motivational theory is McClelland's Acquired Needs Theory. This theory states that we acquire motivation to do things by ourselves. Such as when a child demands to do things by themselves without there parents help. It also states our acquired need for love and for power. This theory is big when discussing why Hitler desired so much power.

Theory by David McClelland.

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My opinion on the Acquired Needs Theory

I believe this to be a very powerful theory due to the significance it plays when talking of the desire for power. Hitler desired so much power he was willing to do anything to gain more and more power. The theory also suggests that we gain motivation to do things on our own when we think we are ready. I strongly agree with that especially when you are injured and just desire to do things with out others assistance.

Survey Results



How motivated are you on a daily basis?

Very 0

Somewhat 7

Not at all 3

Would competitive pay at a job increase your motivation?

yes 9

no 1

Do you consider yourself a morning person?

yes 5

no 5

Would you say breakfast helps morning motivation?

yes 9

no 1

Do you think frequent breaks helps you be motivated?

yes 8

no 2

Is money your primary form of motivation?

yes 6

no 4

Does having authority figures freuently check on you help you stay motivated?

yes 6

no 4

Would you be more motivated if you attented seminars on motivation?

yes 9

no 1

Do you enjoy seminars on motivation in the workplace?

yes 2

no 8

When you see another motivated person do you feel more motivated?

yes 7

no 3

Opinion on Survey Results

The answers to my survey were fairly simple and expected. I found that seminars are not useful in the workplace, while keeping office morale high is a definite must. Another big thing I found was that breakfast is the key to morning motivation whether you are a morning person or not.

Question 1: If people are offered competitive pay would that be more motivating?

In Michael Jordan's book "I Can't Accept Not Trying" he speaks how he always wanted to be the best which obviously led him to the NBA. The NBA is a competitive pay based employer and Michael knew this which is one reason he worked so hard and became the richest athlete during his time as a player.

I found through a survey that 9 of 10 people surveyed said competitive pay would be more motivating. With that I believe the survey is correct because if you have to work for something it is more rewarding and motivating.

My opinion is that competitive pay, while more motivating, is not generally the answer. I believe that competitive pay raises are probably a more logical answer. I also believe that most business already to this which is why I would do this in my business.

Question 2: If people are offered breakfast every morning would they be more productive in the morning?

It is proven that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Most Americans miss breakfast which can lead them to be cranky which can un-motivate the workplace. Providing breakfast at work can help because people do not have to fit eating into there crazy mornings.

I found that 9 of 10 people agree that free breakfast in the mornings would help morning motivation. Being motivated in the morning is key and the key to a good morning is always breakfast. It was no surprise that people would agree with this.

My opinion is that morning breakfast would be beneficial to a business. While it is expensive to provide breakfast I believe I would offer it to my employees if I owned a business. I believe that being motivated in the morning is the key to being motivated for the whole day which leads to being productive all day.

Question 3: Would more frequent breaks help people stay motivated?

According to D-News the longer we work on something consecutively for a long period of time you actually become less productive which in turn makes your work longer as you lose motivation. Frequent breaks have helped increase work efficiency and motivation, especially in this day and age with so much technology.

I found through a survey that 8 of 10 people believed that frequent breaks would help keep them motivated. Its actually been proven in many studies so this was not a surprise that 80% of people agree with the study.

My opinion is that frequent breaks definitely helps keep you motivated. With higher motivation brings higher productivity. In my business I would offer frequent breaks to my employees to keep morale high.

Question 4: Would an authority figure making frequent checks keep people motivated?

People only like frequent checks if they see an incentive in the future. People sometimes get performance reviews and pay-raise meetings confused. If there is no raise the person feels violated and thinks they are doing something wrong which does not increase motivation.

I found that 6 out of 10 people agree that authority figures making frequent checks will keep you more motivated. This was almost 50/50 so people are very split about it.

My opinion is that this is not true and maybe people mis-understood the question. I think that if your boss is constantly on your case that you would be more inclined to be angry and not motivated. However if the frequent checks keep them in line with their work I understand why they voted this way. I would not have frequent checks on my employees if I were to own a business.

Question 5: If there are more seminars on motivation would that help the workplace be motivated?

A study says that 2 out of every 3 people admit they have at least one bad day at work a week. Another study showed that a majority of seminars fail. So just because you have a seminar doesn't mean your employees wont have a bad day at work.

Through a survey I found that 8 out of 10 people dislike seminars at work. This was pretty straightforward with 80% of the people saying they do not believe surveys help at work.

I strongly agree with this as I dislike seminars myself. I think seminars are a scam because people don't remember anything they heard the day before. For those reasons I would not implement seminars at my own business.

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