Employee Motivation in the Workplace

1504 WordsFeb 23, 20186 Pages
The purpose of this paper is to critically evaluate and review three journal articles by John Honore (2009), James Lindner (1998), and an article by Fred Herrera (2002). All three articles discussed the topic of employee motivation in the workplace. The authors examined several motivational theories and put forward their ideas on the concepts and application of motivational techniques. The authors’ work provides insight into the psychology of motivation and the different factors and theories that affect it. My conclusion is in line with the authors’, motivated employees are needed for the organisational survival and just like our constantly changing environment and each individual is different, motivational techniques need to be continuously explored and developed. Motivation refers to the energies within us that affect our willingness to achieve. According to McShane, Olekalins and Travaglione (2013, p. 138) “motivation refers to the forces within a person that affect his or her direction, intensity and persistence of voluntary behavior”. In his article, Honore (2009, p1) stated that “the most important asset that any employer has is not money, product, or profit, but the people; his or her employees”. Motivation in the workplace is affected by different elements of own individuality. The personal needs, interests, values and attitudes differ from person to person and thus the main view should be on communication between employees and employers (Honore 2009). Honroe
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