Motivation Research Paper by Peerless

This paper presents two theories on how to better motivate employees in the workplace.
# 5485 | 2,905 words | 22 sources | APA | 2001 | US
Published on Feb 11, 2003 in Psychology (Behaviorism) , Business (Management) , Psychology (Motivation Studies)

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This paper examines certain theories that make people work harder to achieve their goals. This paper shows that our behaviors, particularly our desire to strive to achieve a goal, are influenced by several factors and that these factors can be manipulated to control behavior. The author examines the idea that a person's perception of his ability to achieve success is more important than his actual ability to do so.

From the Paper:

"A manager who constantly threatens with punishment and tells his employees they are worthless and lazy can expect nothing more than to have worthless, lazy employees. If he tells his employees that they are the best in the business, then he can expect no more than the best efforts that his employees can give. Involving the employees in decisions and letting them make suggestions will give them a more internal locus of control. Setting reasonable goals and giving positive encouragement to achieve them will make them want to do even more than expected. Applying the principles of expectancy/value theory and attribution theory can cause employees to be self-motivated into achieving ever-greater levels of success."

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